North Circular is a documentary musical that travels the length of Dublin’s North Circular Road, from the Phoenix Park to Dublin Port, exploring the history, music and streetscapes of a street that links some of the country’s most beloved and infamous places.
Told in black and white 4:3 Academy ratio, the film evokes many narratives from the history of the city and nation, from colonialism, to mental health, to the struggle for women’s liberation while also engaging with urgent issues of today, including the battle to save the legendary Cobblestone Pub, centre of Dublin’s recent folk revival, from destruction at the hands of cynical property developers.
The film also includes musical performances from artists local to the North Circular, including John Francis Flynn, Séan Ó Túama, Eoghan O’Ceannabháin, Ian Lynch & Gemma Dunleavy.
SCREENINGS & AWARDS
World Premiere: Dublin International Film Festival 2022
International Premiere: Sheffield DocFest 2022
2022 Galway Film Fleadh
2022 Louth International Film Festival, Dundalk
2022 IndieCork Film Festival
2022 London Irish Film Festival
2022 FIPADOC (French Premiere)
Upcoming: DocPoint Helsinki (Jan. 31 – Feb. 5), DocPoint Tallinn (Jan. 31 – Feb. 5), Santa Barbara IFF (Feb. 8-18), Big Sky DFF (Feb. 17-26)
- Special Mention Award in Documentary Competition at Dublin IFF 2022
- Best Documentary Award at Louth International Film Festival 2022
- Special Mention in Documentary category at IndieCork FF 2022
- Spirit of IndieCork Award 2022
- Grand Prix in the Music Documentary Competition at FIPADOC 2023
Reviews: RTÉ, Film In Dublin, Totally Dublin, The Guardian, The Irish Times, Dublin Inquirer, Cineuropa, Variety Interviews: RTÉ, Scannáin, Film Ireland, The Independent, Balls.ie, Off The Ball, RTÉ, The Irish World
“McManus has fashioned a remarkable contemporary document of places, people, lives and times with North Circular, as past, present and future smash together in front of our eyes. Black and white rarely looks as colourful as in that final sequence.”Luke Maxwell, Dublin Inquirer
“resonant, vivid and beautifully shot film” … “What distinguishes North Circular is the overwhelming importance of music: there’s a musical tradition here that is not simply commemorative and static, but vital and evolving, and given a fresh burst of creativity by the emerging status of women in Ireland – the film features a potent contribution from north Dublin singer-songwriter Gemma Dunleavy. A film made with real artistry.”Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY
Luke McManus is a director and producer based in Dublin. He has produced and directed award-winning projects for NBC, Netflix, RTÉ, Virgin Media Television, TG4, NDR/ARD, Al Jazeera and Channel 4, winning four IFTAs, one Celtic Media Award and the Radharc Award in the process.
His debut feature as producer was The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid, which premiered in the Main Competition at IDFA in 2018, won the George Morrison Award for Best Feature Documentary at the Irish Film & Television Awards and the Best Irish Film Award at the Dublin International Film Festival.
North Circular is his debut feature documentary as a director.
Written & directed by Luke McManus
Camera Paddy Jordan, Richard Kendrick, Evan Barry, Jamie Goldrick, Luke McManus
Editing John Murphy
Sound Ross Carew, Gregory Dunn, Hugh Fox, Steve Power, Tony Crosse
Music Score Kevin Murphy, Thomas Haugh
Produced by Elaine Gallagher, Luke McManus
PRODUCER’S BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY
Elaine Gallagher is an Irish writer, director, producer and stand up comedian from Kells, Co. Meath. In 2018, Elaine co-directed the Filmbase masters comedy-drama-musical feature-film, “The Comeback”, starring Rob Arkins and Tara Flynn, which premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh. Elaine’s previous work includes the Screen Ireland-funded dance short, “An Rinceoir” (2011), which screened at a great number of film festivals around the world and is currently on the Irish language syllabus for the Junior Certificate First Year programme.
Elaine’s other short films include, “Reel: Irish Women” (2016), which explores the untold story of the women who took part in the 1916 Rising, and the comedy shorts, “Follow Me” (2017), “The Don’ts Of Cycling” (2018) and “A Fistful of Coupons” (2019).
Elaine has also written for television, for the RTÉ sketch comedy series, “The Mario Rosenstock Show” and in 2011 was a participant in the Torino Film Lab Script & Pitch programme. As well as writing and directing, Elaine has worked in television and film production for over a decade.
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