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Shell pipeline documentary becomes an international hit

Adelina Campos -

AN award-winning Irish documentary about the controversial Corrib gas pipeline has struck a chord with the international community after it was picked for screening at two prestigious international film festivals.

The Pipe follows the lives of fishermen and farmers from Rossport, Co Mayo, who rise up against Shell Oil's plans to build a pipeline for natural gas through their county.

Both the Toronto International Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival will be showing the film which received a standing ovation when it premiered at the 22nd Galway Film Fleadh.

Director Risteard O Domhnaill told the Herald that he did not expect such a positive response or to win the Best Feature Documentary Award at the Galway event in July.


"I was really stressed about getting it ready for the Galway festival, I didn't think about the response we'd get," he said.

"I just wanted for people to see, I didn't expect anything.

"I suppose it's timely, with the BP crisis and all ... It must have struck a chord," the Tipperary native added.

The 25 documentaries that will be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival were announced last week, and Risteard said that he felt excited to be included on the list.

"For me it was always about getting the film shown in Ireland, showing the people the real story. I looked at the list of documentaries that will be showing and it was scary.

"Credible, award-winning documentary makers are on it, Oscar winners ... It's overwhelming, but good I suppose. We don't care about competing, if the story can travel that's fantastic."