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The Pipe is a compelling documentary of Rossport’s struggle against the economic might of Shell and the tragic divisions that have split a once-peaceful community. Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s passionate, brave and beautifully shot documentary, produced by Rachel Lysaght for Underground Films, has already picked up the Best Documentary Award at the Galway Film Fleadh 2010 as well as being highly acclaimed by audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year.
Rossport is a tiny fishing village in Co. Mayo that has, for years, been resisting Shell’s attempts to install a high-pressure pipeline to transport unprocessed gas from the massive new gas fields off the coast to an onshore refinery. The protests escalated and in June 2005 ‘the Rossport Five’ were imprisoned for 94 days for defying a court order allowing Shell workers to enter their land. This set in train a cycle of protests, heavy-handed policing and a legal conflict that continues to this day. Years of protest have left bitter splits in the community between moderate campaigners, those perceived to have ‘sold out’, and hardliners whose tactics have included direct action and a hunger strike.
For four years Ó Domhnaill gained intimate access to follow three members of the community; Willie Corduff, one of the Rossport Five attempting to defend the farm his parents reclaimed from the bog; Monica Müller who controversially refused to join protests but whose court actions have caused major blows to Shell; and Pat ‘The Chief’ O’Donnell, a local fisherman who is repeatedly arrested for sailing his small fishing boat into the path of the gigantic pipe-layer The Solitaire. The film captures the anxiety, anger and disillusionment of years of conflict as well as their passionate connection to the local environment, and the spirit, humour and heroism that sustains them.
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