TOPOGRAPHIA HIBERNICA - OF THE WONDERS AND MIRACLES OF IRELAND

By Liza BOLTON

ROOM12 PRODUCTIONS LTD - as PROD

Historical - Completed 2017

12th Century Ireland - anything goes!

Giraldus, a frustrated Clergyman, is on a mission to make his mark on the world. What better way to do this than to explore and record the bountiful wilderness of the island of Ireland in the 12th Century. If only the island were not populated by savages.

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Historical, Fantasy, Drama
    • Countries
    • IRELAND, UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • FRENCH, GAELIC
    • Budget
    • N/A
    • Duration
    • 10 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Liza BOLTON
    • Producer(s)
    • Chris BOLTON (ROOM12 PRODUCTIONS LTD), Nigel GILHOOLY (Slip Jig Media)
    • Synopsis

    • "I am aware that I shall describe some things that will seem to be either impossible or ridiculous. But I protest solemnly that I will show to you nothing the truth of which I have not found out either by the testimony of my own eyes, or that of reliable men" (Giraldus Cambrensis 1188)

      Gerald of Wales is the first Norman traveler in Ireland. He recounts the miracles, wonders and evils of an island yet to be discovered and ultimately conquered through fantastic, bizarre sometimes outrageous stories.

      The film is a medieval road movie. A history, a satire. Set in Ireland in the 12th Century. Forget Vikings this is the time of giants and miracles.

      Rumour is rife in Norman England that Ireland is occupied by giants. The country is undocumented, unexplored and decidedly unconquered. A frustrated clergyman, Giraldus, arrives in Ireland from Wales to write the very first travel guide to Ireland. His mission is to document the wonders and miracles of the land they called Hibernica.

      His work when published, creates the first medieval text on the Irish with some stories that still prevail today.

      His stories range from comic to disgusting and his travels deeper and deeper into the country and he dispels forever any myth of Ireland as a land of “saints and scholars”.


      The film takes the form of 9 short stories inspired by the writings of Giraldus. Each a stand alone story and each contributing to the overarching story making Topographia Hibernica ideal for feature or series.
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