Harvest Films | 2002 | 52 mins TG4 / Bord Scannán na hÉireann
TG4 / Bord Scannán na hÉireann
Tory Island, nine miles off the coast of Donegal is the most remote inhabited island off Ireland. Its notorious inaccessibility and unforgiving landscape has not deterred 150 people from making this island their home. Óílean Thoraí captures, over the course of eighteen months, the changing patterns of life on Tory. It’s an intimate portrayal, exploring the lives of the islanders, their character and community.
Dir: Pat Collins | Prod: Pat Collins | Ed: Gordon Bruic | Camera: Donal Gilligan, Colm Hogan, Richard Kendrick
"… a remarkable, somewhat elliptical portrait of contemporary island living ... a quiet, thoughtful and strangely haunting cinematic essay…” ‘The Irish Times’
“Oileán Thoraí …is an atmospheric and beautifully photographed study of landscape, time, culture and change on that remote and weather beaten island. Its particular characters who stay or come and go are given space to tell their own stories with integrity in a canvas that is as poetic as it is penetrating...” Celtic Film Festival Jury
Best Documentary - Irish Film and Television Awards 2003
Oileán Thoraí has screened in cinemas in Bulgaria, Slovenia, Malta, Latvia, Estonia Czech Republic and Poland and was part of the official programme of Cultural Irlandais in 2005.