A new short film by Adrian Duncan and Feargal Ward will have its world premiere
next month at the prestigious IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam).
Memory Room (2018, 17 mins, Arts Council) was shot in the Arctic Circle and
retraces the steps of an Irish forester sent to Finland in 1946 to secure poles for the
rural electrification project being undertaken back home. The film has been selected
for the Paradocs section of IDFA 2018 – a programme that showcases what is
happening beyond the frame of traditional documentary filmmaking, on the borders
between film and art, truth and fiction, and narrative and design.
The film was written and directed by Adrian Duncan (Bungaló Bliss) and Feargal
Ward (Yximalloo, The Lonely Battle Of Thomas Reid). Actor, Barry Ward (Jimmy’s
Hall, Britannia, Save Me, Maze) was cast in the role of the forester. The film was
photographed by Feargal Ward and Jonathan Sammon, with the score created by
Declan Synnott. The film was funded in 2016 by the Arts Council as part of their
Project Award strand. A version of the film and accompanying sculptural installation,
which was titled The Soil Became Scandinavian, was selected for Ireland’s biennial,
EVA International 2018 – curated by Inti Guerrero.
Co-directors, Duncan and Ward say, “It’s great to have the opportunity to bring this
type of film to IDFA. Our film exists at the outer fringes of what might be called the
‘traditional documentary form’, which is of course an area we are very excited to
work in. Making unconventional works that challenge the medium are incredibly hard
to get funded. We can’t thank the Arts Council enough for making this possible – we
are indebted to them for giving us the freedom and confidence to make this happen.”
Trailer here:

Adrian Duncan – +49 152 02767503 –
Feargal Ward – +353 86 3313690 –

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