In their debut documentary, Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor (aka Desperate Optimists) take as their point of departure the compelling 18th-century figure Ambrose O’Higgins – father of Bernardo O’Higgins, the first leader of Independent Chile – and attempt to retrace his remarkable journey from Ireland to Chile. Having long dreamt of making a biopic of O’Higgins, the filmmakers attempt in this wayward and wry documentary to realise their dream through a personal voyage into the idea of the cinematic location. However, as they speculate on the idea of place and what O’Higgins embodies, they continually get sidetracked by a competing story of immigration and displacement. Gradually, and not without humour, these intertwining narratives uncover ideas about the transformative powers of travelling as looked at through the particular prism of the Irish experience.
Made with the support of the Arts Council Of Ireland’s Reel Art scheme. This influential programme is designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentation.
Written by Quentin Tarantino, TRUE ROMANCE is a hip, hard-edged story of modern love – a fast-paced tale of romance surviving in a violent world.
Shy, lonely comic-book boffin Clarence (Slater) meets Alabama (Arquette), his dream girl, during a triple bill of old kung fu movies at a local cinema. After a whirlwind courtship, violence erupts and the couple find themselves on the run from police and gangsters alike. Firmly rooted in pop culture, the film bears many of the classic Tarantino hallmarks: razor-sharp dialogue, outbursts of visceral violence, and numerous cinematic references, in this case to BADLANDS and SOMETHING WILD among others.
Now on a digital print for the very first time, TRUE ROMANCE looks bigger, brasher, badder and more stylish than ever.