Ghost estates of the Midlands inspire film

Shorelines Screen Scene is delighted to offer audiences a chance to catch the cinematic-triptych film Wallets Full of Blood, by Eamonn Crudden. The film comprises three short films, Houses on the Moon, Zombie Banker Blues, and Roscommon Death Trip, and deals with the recession in Ireland - its architects and causes - in a way never done before, and probably never again.

Inspired by the ghost estates of the Midlands, Dr Crudden began documenting their decay through lack of maintenance, culminating eventually, after much recording, photographing, and audio-sampling, in the first installment, Houses on the Moon. A second inspiration, this time for the title and theme, was George A Romero's trilogy Land of the Dead, the first of which has the title Fiddler's Green, which as Dr Crudden says, “resonated with my perception of what the housing market had been like in Ireland from the mid-90s onward where working people were priced out of the housing market and simultaneously rack-rented by a network of insiders”.

Unrelenting in its style, uncharacteristic in its delivery, Wallets Full of Blood is an experience not to be missed.

Eamonn Crudden is a filmmaker and a lecturer in film and video production. He has previously made a number of feature length documentary films including Route Irish (2007 ) and Berlusconi's Mousetrap (2002 ). More recently he has focused on more experimental modes of filmmaking.

Wallets Full of Blood will be shown as the main feature of Shorelines Screen Scene on Friday September 17 at 7.30pm in Portumna Community School, preceded by a short animation by Martin McDonnell. After the showing Dr Crudden will be available for questions about the film and film making.

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