Limerick Post - Saturday, 8 May, 2010
film sparks debate
in Southill and
Moyross view it as
is referred to as an 'artistic' film aimed at depicting the
changes associated with regeneration in Limerick, has angered
some residents in the areas it portrays.
44 minute long documentary, due to be screened at a number of
international film festivals, and recently shown to an invited
audience at the Belltable, was seen as no different from other
recent TV productions in that it followed the same path.
workers from the Southside and the Northside expressed the opinion
that artist Nicky Larkin's film 'Beyond The Roundabout,' portrays
areas such as Moyross and Southill in a very negative way.
McElligott, a Moyross community worker, described the project
as a missed opportunity to voice the concerns of residents.
said: "The project did not follow the brief of documenting
the affects of regeneration, it just shows the reasons why regeneration
to this the director said, "It is an artistic response
to a period in a time of supposed great change in the city.
That was my only brief".
Boylan of Carew/ Kincora estate management, commented: "It
gave a very dark view of these areas and wasn't a true reflection.
I don't think it was very fair as it didn't give a broad view
from both sides".
said that many people believe that the film asks more questions
than it answers, and it does not exist to promote either side
of the argument.
screening, community activist Cathal McCarthy of Weston Gardens,
distributed information expressing his disappointment with the
Nicky first contacted me I thought it was great opportunity
for residents in regeneration areas to have their grievances
says that he was present when Mr Larkin was shooting in many
Regeneration areas, but was disappointed with a preview of the
film he was shown in March.
said he was given a grant to make a film about regeneration
from the residents point of view, but that's not what I saw".
felt that the film was negative: "When I was speaking to
him, he lambasted the TV documentaries of Donal McIntyre and
Paul Williams, but in the end, he focused on the same things
the production of the film, Mr McCarthy claimed he was asked
by Mr Larkin to find a young man wearing a hoody to pose with
somebody from outside of Limerick watched this, they would be
lost. The excuse that this is art isn't going to wash".
Mr Larkin answered: "There are very strong opinions on
all sides involved, and it would be impossible for such a piece
to please everybody. Each individual interpretation of a piece
of art will always be different; that is surely one of the most
fascinating things about art?"
Larkin's film Beyond the Roundabout can be watched online at
WANT A PLAYGROUND!" (Beyond The Roundabout - Behind The
Secnes) by Cathal McCarthy
The Roundabout? by Darren Maher