We at Complete Control Films we’re saddened by the news of Breda Phillips passing. Breda was generous with her time and memories of Redbarn dancehall when we interviewed her for the Wish You Were Here: The Redbarn Story Redbarn Story in 2016. She was charming and articulate and spoke with great clarity on her experience of seeing Jim Reeves on his famous appearance at the venue in 1963. Our condolences to her family and friends. ... See MoreSee Less
ON THIS DAY 10 YEARS AGO: First screening of "Town out of Time" - 17/12/2012 - A documentary film on the social changes to Youghal town during the boom years.
It is 10 years since Complete Control Films took a tentative step into filmmaking. We began with a documentary that divided opinions. There was relief, recognition and anger. Technically, for a debut effort, it has many flaws, but touching a nerve certainly wasn’t one of them. The film was featured heavily in a two-page Irish Times expose, that upset more people, and a little-known fact is that Prime Time wanted to do a programme on Youghal and the film before RTÉ pulled the plug on its flagship programme due to being sued for another expose. It was all a bit surreal for a first- time attempt at making a documentary. The film was screened on Dec 17th 2012 at the Walter Raleigh Hotel to over 200 people on what turned out to be a pretty emotive evening with strong opinions exchanged.
There have been some very welcome improvements, particularly in the heritage sector, a flurry of new festivals and the boardwalks to mention a few. But it is hard to look at Town out of Time today and spot the differences in what are the pillars of any self-sustaining community; no large employer, poor public transport infrastructure (no train now looks like a worse decision than ever given climate change and an energy crisis) and a retail sector over reliant on multi-national supermarkets. The most telling sign of little change in 10 years is the decimated look of the town centre. It was and continues to be the most obvious sign of a non-existent, self-generated economy.
This film that takes a contemplative look at what happens to a town when all its industry disappears, its economic centre collapses and speculators change the landscape.
This is a story of how a town can effectively die when politicians make the wrong decisions and when politics has no vision.
With interviews from experts and local businesses, the film reflects on how greed and apathy led to the neglect of a town throughout the Irish 'boom years'.
Comments on Town Out Of Time:
"I was very impressed. It's an excellent documentary and deserves a wider audience." Dr. Gwenda Young. Senior Film Lecturer, UCC
"A searingly honest, well-crafted, well-researched documentary portraying a town struggling to re-establish its identity." Colm Keane. RTE Broadcaster
"...it is taut and focused, sharp and powerful... visually, the film is stunning. The overall effect is of a tragic beauty. This is the kind of filmmaking that we need." Dr. Kieran Keohane. Sociologist and author, UCC
"...it's excellent: raw, powerful...The montage of the closed shop-fronts, in particular, was stunning... a superb piece of work." Carl O' Brien. Chief Reporter, The Irish Times.