Depression is something that touches so many people. Even when we are lucky enough not to be afflicted with it, we all know and love people who are or have been.
In Alvy Carragher’s poem “te amo / je t’aime / i love you” the sense of growing apart from someone you’ve known your whole life is palpable. We all have people in our lives who we lose contact with for one reason or another, but when it’s family and it’s depression, it takes on a whole other level of tragedy.
I created this animated film for her poem on and off over a couple of months. It was my first attempt at doing a 2D computer animation using Photoshop’s timeline feature. The side-scroller feel to the animation is as much a necessity as a creative choice, but it seemed appropriate in capturing the tone of the poem.
Alvy’s debut poetry collection will be launched on the 13th of June, 2016 in the Irish Writer’s Centre on Parnell Square.
Around the time that Room won the Audience Award at the Toronto film festival back in September, I figured it would be worth doing a video essay on Ireland’s premiere film director.
News reports at the time stated that audience approval in Toronto was a good indicator that Oscar glory lay ahead for Room, and having followed Abrahamson since his television show Prosperity played on RTE I hoped I’d be able to educate international audiences who may not be familiar with his pre-Room output.
But as award shows came and went, Lenny’s remarkable directing performance in Room went unrecognised. It didn’t look like the world would be too curious about another outsider director who failed to get nominated.
Then 16th January rolled by and – to the audible shock of the gathered audience at the announcement ceremony – Lenny got nominated for a best director Oscar. Deservedly so, in my opinion. So here I take 4 and a half minutes to try and shine some light on this director who, I’m sure for some, seems to have appeared from thin air.