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Irish folk furniture film arrives at Sundance festival

The film is now available to view online in full for a limited time only.

A still from the documentary
A still from the documentary
Image: Tony Donoghue via YouTube

AN IRISH SHORT documentary about the world of folk furniture has arrived at Sundance, one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals.

Irish Folk Furniture is an animated documentary directed by Tony Donoghue and produced by Cathal Black under the IFB Frameworks animated short film scheme.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie before his trip to Utah in the USA for Sundance, Donoghue had said he was taken aback by how popular his stop-motion story of handmade furniture found in Irish farms in Tipperary had proved with film festivals.

It is no small thing to be selected for the annual Sundance festival – the short documentaries such as Irish Folk Furniture were chosen from more than 8,000 films sent in for consideration. The festival will run until 27 January, and its closing night will feature the debut of the Steve Jobs biopic jOBS, which stars Ashton Kutcher as the Apple co-founder.

Donoghue spent a decade researching his film and interviewing people in the rural community where he grew up, and realised that folk furniture is often not seen as special by those who made and use it.

The film was all shot within two miles of Donoghue’s house with a camera bought for €150 on EBay, and used the skills of local people in its production.


(Tony W Donoghue/YouTube)

With 95,000 people having watched the short so far, Donoghue is hoping that the views will exceed 100,000 in the next number of days.

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