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
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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 …