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05-12-2010, 00:51   #1
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The Pipe (Corrib Gas documentary) Megathread

I saw The Pipe movie which opened last night for limited run. It traces the objection to the Corrib gas pipeline and witnesses the tenacity of those involved It is a very fine production in the fly on the wall documentary style. It's another national shame that this situation has been let go this far without resolution.
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I saw The Pipe movie which opened last night for limited run. It traces the objection to the Corrib gas pipeline and witnesses the tenacity of those involved It is a very fine production in the fly on the wall documentary style. It's another national shame that this situation has been let go this far without resolution.
I saw it too. It consists of film footage taken in Kilcommon, North Mayo over the last four or five years and tells a very sad story. It clearly shows that the Corrib Gas issue is NOT just a local issue. It is a NATIONAL DISGRACE that ordinary Irish people have been treated in this fashion in the Irish government's pursuit of giving away our natural resources to foreign Multi-national companies. More people across Ireland need to sit up and take notice. The Pipe the film is showing in your local area NOW!
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The Pipe

Hi Folks,

Just letting you know of a film about the Shell to Sea controversy made over 4 years by reporter and filmmaker Richard O'Donnell. Richard took his camera everywhere it could go. I remember a report about a fishing boat attacked and boarded by Shell security men a few years back. The camera was there. Showing now in Dundrum, IFI, and Lighthouse.

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In a remote corner of the West of Ireland sits Broadhaven Bay. It is
the perfect picture postcard, where the high cliffs of Erris Head and
the Stags of Broadhaven stand sentry at the mouth of the bay against
the mighty Atlantic, as if protecting the delicate golden sands of
Glengad beach and the tiny village of Rossport, which nestles behind
the dunes. However, this peaceful tranquility belies the turmoil that
lies beneath, and the unique nature of the coastline which has
sustained generations of farmers and fishermen, has also delivered to
Shell Oil the perfect landfall for the Corrib Gas Pipeline.
In the most dramatic clash of cultures in modern Ireland, the rights
of farmers over their fields, and of fishermen to their fishing
grounds, has come in direct conflict with one of the worlds most
powerful oil companies. When the citizens look to their state to
protect their rights, they find that the state has put Shell’s right
to lay a pipeline over their own.

The Pipe is a story of a community tragically divided, and how they
deal with a pipe that could bring economic prosperity or destruction
of a way of life shared for generations.

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I went to see a film in the ifi on friday and they showed the trailer for this documentary. Looks seriously volatile, should be good. Looking forward to seeing it.
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I went to see a film in the ifi on friday and they showed the trailer for this documentary. Looks seriously volatile, should be good. Looking forward to seeing it.
Me too. The director is a very interesting guy. Initially a very serious boxer, he turned his attentions to mountain running. He is possibly the best descender in Ireland coming from behind many times to win races.


Hes a very dedicated journalist. Ive no doubt it will be comprehensive.
There was a good bit of trouble during the filming....all on tape it seems.
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Me too. The director is a very interesting guy. Initially a very serious boxer, he turned his attentions to mountain running. He is possibly the best descender in Ireland coming from behind many times to win races.


Hes a very dedicated journalist. Ive no doubt it will be comprehensive.
There was a good bit of trouble during the filming....all on tape it seems.
'The Pipe' is not a regular film with actors playing parts etc.. There are no actors. It is a freelance news cameraman, Risteard O'Domhnaill who, coincidentally holds his degree in Theoretical Physics from Trinity College, Dublin, who lives in Mayo and often came running with his camera equipment when issues arose related to the Corrib Gas debacle which has been ongoing for more than ten years now. Still no pipeline laid onshore connecting the sea with the 'Frank Fahy & others brown envelope' refinery built 10 kms inland on Coillte land, with no permission to access the privately owned land inbetween. A real genuine FF gombeen politician mess - politicians who thought they could give away everything - including what they didn't own in the first place.

No actors. This is a film documentary and tells the story from the end of 2005 to early 2009. Much has happened since including poor Pat O'Donnell being sent to prison for seven months in 2010 on trumped up charges to get him removed from the sea. He was charged with loitering on the sea because he refused to be bought off by Shell and he's a fisherman!

I felt sick when I saw the footage as in 2006 when the protests took place each morning to the gates of Bellanaboy because it brought back those terrible memories of being abused and battered by the forces of the State and the victimisation of the local people who stood against the unodourised, high pressure, raw gas pipeline being forced onto their small farms and small bits of land by outsider and foreign forces. Its a sad story which shows the reality of life for the people of one small corner of Ireland for the last ten years. Everybody should see this film if they think the rest of the people of Ireland won't be treated in the same way in the future if they ignore it and mock it as being untrue or unreal.

A very important film documentary in your local cinemas now!

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I heard there's some pretty unflattering footage of Maura Harrington at a meeting in it.
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I heard there's some pretty unflattering footage of Maura Harrington at a meeting in it.
No actors there. This is real documentary footage. Why don't you see for yourself? You might learn how real communities work, squabbles and all! This footage only went to 2008. When the next one comes out you might see how a real community is stronger than mere squabbles. Ten years after this thing started and seven years after the gas was going to be flowing, they are not one bit further on in reality - no planning permission, no pipeline, no route, no consent, no gas. Don't hear -see for yourslef.
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I saw it last night. One of the best scenes you'll see in any film anywhere this year!
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The Pipe is a extraordinary insight into the reaction of the local people to Shell's plans, whether you agree with this type of development or not. The film shows that it's not just the 'wrong crowd' who show up to demonstrate for what they believe in. Yes, some of those featured choose to go further than others, but it's high time we stopped letting that claim cloud the real and genuine voices of dissent from these ordinary hardworking people.

Shell refused to take part in the documentary so it's not a balanced view by any stretch, but this is a beautifully made, sensitive and thought provoking film. I'd urge anyone fed up with the current climate to go see it, and think about what can be achieved when communities pull together.
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Brilliant film, saw it last week and recommend it to everyone no matter what political persuasion. It's much more than a documentary of protest it is a beautiful snapshot of the lives of Irish fishermen and farmers, their families and their communities; if it was subtitled from French they'd be queuing for tickets round the block If you get a chance go see it
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Yeah, The Pipe is a really important and beautiful film, so relevant for the current political climate. Well worth going to see.
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No actors there. This is real documentary footage.
We're all aware that it's a documentary and they're real people. I never said anything about actors being in it.

You should lay off the lecturing or you'll start putting people off seeing the film.
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I'm not sure i want to watch it, sounds like it's going to be pretty one sided, which would suggest propoganda to me. A balanced documentary would be well worth making on the subject.
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I'm not sure i want to watch it, sounds like it's going to be pretty one sided, which would suggest propoganda to me. A balanced documentary would be well worth making on the subject.
The film follows the protest more or less and takes it from the point of view of locals. As people said you can judge for yourself if you are persuaded or not.

The cinematography, the David vs Goliath themes, the effect of such a clash of cultures which is clearly something that is replicated around the world, how people react confronted with a crises, waht hidden tensions and chasms are revealed by such a crises: all these themes are beautifully captured and as such it is a really beautiful film. Shell and teh governments side have been clearly documented by the vast majority of media reporting to date.
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