By Christine MOLLOY, Joe LAWLOR


Documentary - Completed 2016

In their debut documentary Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor retrace the journey made by the compelling 18th Century figure, Ambrose O’Higgins from Ireland to Chile. As they do so they reflect upon the transformative powers of travelling.

& Awards

BFI London FF 2016
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary
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    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 89 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Christine MOLLOY, Joe LAWLOR
    • Writer(s)
    • Christine MOLLOY, Joe LAWLOR
    • Producer(s)
    • Joe LAWLOR, Christine MOLLOY
    • Synopsis
    • In their debut documentary Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor take as their point of departure the compelling 18th Century figure, Ambrose O’Higgins, and attempt to retrace his remarkable journey from Ireland to Chile. Key locations in O’Higgins’ life - a lake in Sligo, a field in Meath, the port of Cadiz, the sea, and the edge of a snow-covered mountain in the Andes - are visited and reflected upon in the hope that something might be revealed, as if these very locations might contain clues.  Having long dreamt of making a biopic of O’Higgins, this wayward and wry documentary is the filmmakers’ attempt to realise this 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, the filmmakers 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 peculiar prism of the Irish experience.
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