Issue #4 of FOUND FOOTAGE Magazine is out now!
Among the fantastic articles, essays and reviews The Poorhouse Revisited makes a small appearance.
In 1996 the half-hour IFB/RTÉ period drama entitled ‘Poorhouse’ was broadcast. Directed by Frank Stapleton and based on a short story by Michael Harding, the film is set during the time of Ireland’s Great Famine. The plot concerns the relationship of an elderly gravedigger and a young woman. Powerfully evoking a cultural memory of hardship and loss from 150 years previously, the film slipped into obscurity in a forward-looking era.
The Poorhouse Revisted
15 years later I discovered the discarded film rushes outdoors on the Ringsend Peninsula, Dublin. The scattered reels of decayed 16mm material - literally unearthed, consisted of some 120mins of slated scenes, re-takes and camera tests. Restored, re-worked and re-edited, the corrupted frames now resemble fragments of memories distorted through exposure to time and it’s natural …
Delighted to announce that my most recent feature film Drifting Cities joins EFS in a programme at Camara Lucida - Encuentros Cinematograficos Film Festival in Cuenca, Ecuador at the end of July. Other films include Rouzbeh Rashidi's latest - Phantom Islands and also a collection of Atoosa Pour Hosseini's Super 8mm films. See the link below for the full programme.
Drifting Cities (2017) shows two actors playing two lovers before meeting death in a car crash. They drift through muddled memories and moments in search of one another. Italian journal CinePensieri calls the film “evanescent in the widest meaning of the term… Is it the cinema that turns into the world or vice versa? In both cases, in Drifting Cities the two elements fuse together to such an extent that it’s difficult to recognise the border between the reality and the medium that represents it”. TRAILER HERE
I'm delighted Drifting Cities is listed as part of the top 50 films of the 21st Century by cine-blogger CINEPENSIERI.
"Higgins, breaches definitively the border between fiction and reality: the means corresponds to the end, the difference between the real world outside the film and the inner fictional one vanishes. So we witness a renewed vitality depicted on the big screen by the two leads, that cut loose and start an unrestrained and energetic dance, which is an indication that all is cinema" - CINEPENSIERI on Drifting Cities
See the list HERE