What We Leave In Our Wake | Harvest Films | Independent Documentary Film Company

What We Leave in Our Wake

Harvest Films | 2010 | 70 mins
Bord Scannán na hÉireann

What We Leave in Our Wake is a filmic essay which unfolds as a series of conversations on Ireland, exploring themes such as emigration, mythology, consumerism, socialism, the place of the church in Irish life, the central role of land in Irish history and the sense of a civic society. Combining images of contemporary Ireland with an evocative blend of archive, What We Leave in Our Wake questions what persists rather than the temporary fluctuations and trends, and talks to some of those uniquely placed to comment on how this country has evolved.

Featuring contributions from Joe Lee, Patrick O’ Connor, Leila Doolan, Iain McGilchrist, Peter McVerry, Declan Kiberd, Desmond Fennell and Olivia O’ Leary and archive recordings of John McGahern and John Moriarty among others.

Dir: Pat Collins | Camera: Colm Hogan, Feargal Ward | Sound: John Brennan | Ed: Tadhg O’Sullivan

Nominated for an IFTA Award for Best Documentary Feature 2011


Cork Film Festival 2010 | 14th November 2010
Gate Cinema, North Main Street, Cork City.

University College Cork | 6th January 2011
Boole Library, UCC, College Road, Cork City

Irish Film and Television Awards | Saturday 12th February 2011
Nominee in 'Best Feature Documentary' category.

RTÉ | 14th February 2011 | 10.35pm

Dingle Film Festival | March 20th 2011
Dingle, Co. Kerry

Hidden Ireland: A Celebration of Ireland in Documentary Film | May 12th 2011
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Centre
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023-7498

Dublin Contemporary 2011 | 31st October 2011
Office of Non-Compliance, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2.

Critical Comments

“An impressionistic, cerebral and somewhat mystical film, not the sort of film you see much of on television.” Emmanuel Kehoe, Sunday Business Post