We love…Irish Folk Furniture at Sundance 2013

Irish filmmaker, Tony Donoghue has recently scooped the title of “Best Short Film” at Sundance Film Festival for his animated documentary, Irish Folk Furniture.

A truly endearing “investigation into Irish people’s relationship with their furniture”, Donoghue uses beautiful and quirky stop motion animation to depict traditional furniture pieces (originally made by hand in rural Ireland) as they are repaired, painted, and returned to their former home. Local residents, including Patrick Calahan, a former carpenter and farmer, overlay the short with simple narration about the history and function of the furniture pieces.

Speaking with Another magazine, Donoghue revealed that his inspiration came from his mother’s friend who owned a pub in a small village called Ballinderry, Tipperary. At 80 years old, she decided to leave the pub, taking away only her favorite pieces of furniture and leaving her older, inherited pieces.

“The dresser which had stood in that pub’s kitchen for 150 years was thrown out by the new owners. To my shock, I found most people associated this furniture with poverty and didn’t value it at all. Everything in the film is shot and sourced within two miles of my house.”

The Sundance Film Festival runs until January 27, 2013. You can see more of Donoghue’s work here. – Samantha Fox

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