The Other Irish Travellers
The history of Ireland's vanished Ango-Irish classes
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Fiona Murphy trained as a film editor at the BBC and went on to work as a film reviewer and feature writer in New York and London. She returned to film making with the mission to tell the stories of ordinary people and how their lives are shaped by the forces at work in the world around them. She has made films about living with obsessive compulsive disorder, being a spy in 1950s Egypt, and lung cancer but she keeps returning to the subject of migration and the hole that it leaves in peoples lives. In 2008 she formed Echodocs.
Fiona Murphy has the fierce belief that there is no need to ask the experts to comment on history - we are all part of it - all you need is brave, vivid contributors and a story nobody knows. Aha! Fiona suddenly realised, who better than her Dad, her aunts and uncles? Her family is funny and eccentric, and their story was not just unknown, it had been stamped out. A caper with eighty year olds began. Fiona never imagined the success the film might have, winning prizes at Festivals and a prominent TV slot on British and Irish television. And she has felt a great outpouring of feeling in Ireland, tenderness as well as fury about the vanished landlord class. The magic has swum out of the past and into the film.