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Pat collins, whooley, sharon
Experimental doc. | hdv | color and b&w | 21'30'' | Ireland | 2013
The Fastnet Lighthouse is built on a pinnacle rock about 7km off the South West coast of Ireland. It is surrounded by water on all sides. `Fathom’ is a non-narrative, meditative film on isolation and thinking framed by this Lighthouse . The lightkeepers who worked here sometimes spent weeks at a time in their tower, out in the middle of the sea. In this film we are using the lighthouse to evoke the idea that, we are, in an important sense, the places that we inhabit.
Sharon Whooley and Pat Collins of Harvest Films have been making films for nearly 20 years. The films have been shown both nationally and internationally. Pat Collins wrote and directed his first feature film Silence in 2012. It was chosen by Geoff Andrew in ‘Sight and Sound’ magazine as one of his top 5 films for 2013. A CD of the sounds from ‘Silence’ , was launched in November 2015 by Farpoint Recordings. The Irish Film Institute hosted a mid-screen retrospective of Pat Collins` work in 2013. His second feature film, ‘Song of Granite’ on Irish traditional singer Joe Heaney starts shooting in March 2016. Sharon Whooley was co-writer on ‘Silence’ and ‘Song of Granite’. She is currently filming ‘Distance’ , a experimental film on memory and place for the Arts Council of Ireland. Most recently, `Fathom` was screened at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and at the Galway Arts Festival in Ireland.