12 July 2012

This is what Shamrocracy looks like

I rarely talk about my work in the Really Real World here, sometimes because it is boring, other times because while it is as exciting as a swarm of angry jellyfish attacking a nuclear power plant, the folks with whom I work may be less than thrilled with having their good name associated with a misanthropic curmudgeon like myself. Occasionally though, just occasionally, I find myself working with folks whose reputation is already so, um, "noteworthy", that not only is public association with me not a hinderance, it might actually be considered an asset in some quarters.

Just over two years ago I was approached by a friend who asked if I knew anyone who worked in the online industry. Everyone around the table just stared at him and went quite, and then I replied, "um, yeah, that's kinda what I do".

"Oh", he said, "I thought you just wrote sarcastic misanthropic posts on a blog. I didn't realise that was a job"

"It's not," I replied, "That's a release valve for all the stress and tension caused by working in the online industry."

"So your method of recovering from spending so much time in the online world is, let me get this right, to spend more time in the online world?"

I failed to see his point.

In any event, he was working with a group of film-makers who were putting together a feature film, and were interested in talking to someone about online distribution methods, and so a few days later I met up with them. Over the course of a number of meetings I became increasingly excited about the film they were making, and while their plan soon veered away from the online world and set its sights firmly on The Really Real World (or the cinematic equivalent thereof), I stayed involved in the project. While major illness (remember that? It seems so long ago now, but this time last year I was still recovering from surgery) prevented me from being as physically involved with the film production as I would have like, this has been the project over the last two years that I have enjoyed the most.

Filmed over the course of more than two years on a micro-budget, Shamrocracy is the brainchild of a few very talented people who in a very real way put their lives on hold and immersed themselves in the lives of two characters, Terry and Bobby, and the circle of people (and politicians) who found themselves entrapped in their daily struggles, and it has been an amazing experience to be able to work with them. I'm not going to say too much more about it here because I really do try to keep the Church and State of my home and work life separate, except to say that tomorrow it gets its World Premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh, which is all rather exciting.

If you live in Ireland, you probably already know about this film but don't realise it, this might refresh your memory.

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