The new London Irish Film Club series in association with Irish Film Institute launched on April 26th and runs fortnightly throughout the Spring/Summer season. The fourth in the series is Further Beyond directed by Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy.
Travelling between Ireland, New York, Cadiz and Chile, this essay film explores the notions of exile and displacement through the lives of two Irish nationals – Ambrose O’Higgins, an Irishman who become a military hero in Chile, and Helen, the mother of one of the directors.
With the making of a biopic about O’Higgins as a pretext and a point of departure for broader reflections, Further Beyond embarks on many alternative routes and stories to ponder on feelings of belonging and national identity. Two actors performing as voice-overs (Denis Gough and Alan Howley) are heard musing about one’s attachment to a place and a land, but also act as the voices of the filmmakers as they prepare their film, scouting for location or wondering about their casting choices.
Directed by the Desperate Optimists, a duo composed of Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy, this film presents an audacious balancing of historical facts, fiction and documentary, resulting into a richly layered meditation on the sense of place.