The Bus Stops Here
Yesterday, axis were invited to attend a private screening of The Bus Stops Here, an Irish 1916 short comedy about how the lives of six people are affected while waiting at various bus stops in Dublin on route to the centenary celebrations of the 1916 Rising celebratory parade and re-enactments.
The film was written and devised by a group called S.U.D.S. (Service Users Developing Solidarity) which is a support and advocacy group in Clondalkin, for people who use or have a history of drugs. The film explores issues about God, childbirth, poverty and sexuality from a working class perspective.
Love Hate’s Jimmy Smallhorne, Damien Dempsey, actors John Connors and Mary Murray (both from Love Hate) and BAFTA award winning editor Tony Cranstoun (THE ROYLE FAMILY) were all involved in the process. The project is supported by Create Ireland.
Damian Dempsey also worked with Richard Morgan (a long standing member of the group) to write the soundtrack for the film “WHERE ARE THE DREAMS”. Here's a link to the song they collaborated on. Take a listen. https://youtu.be/5l7fziarmkU
Emma Connors (axis' Arts Development Manager) had the pleasure of meeting the project participants and was well impressed with the film they created. axis will be staying in contact with Neart le Cheile Cairdeas project and we're hoping to bring the short film to axis for a screening at some point soon - we'll keep you posted!
I'll leave you with a nice liner from Richard Morgan when he gave a short speech after the screening - he said this - 'A busy mind is a creative mind. A creative mind is an unstoppable channel for you to achieve your goals'.