Further Beyond (2016)

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In their debut documentary Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor take as their point of departure the compelling 18th Century figure, Ambrose O'Higgins, and attempt to retrace his remarkable journey from Ireland to Chile. Key locations in O'Higgins' life - a lake in Sligo, a field in Meath, the port of Cadiz, the sea, and the edge of a snow-covered mountain in the Andes - are visited and reflected upon in the hope that something might be revealed, as if these very locations might contain clues. Having long dreamt of making a biopic of O'Higgins, this wayward and wry documentary is the filmmakers' attempt to realise this dream through a personal voyage into the idea of the cinematic location. However, as they speculate on the idea of place and what O'Higgins embodies, the filmmakers continually get sidetracked by a competing story of immigration and displacement. Gradually, and not without humour, these intertwining narratives uncover ideas about the transformative powers of travelling, as ...

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A work of intelligence and emotion, Further Beyond marks Molloy and Lawlor out as major players in British-Irish cinema.

Oct 30, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Beautifully shot, Further Beyond pushes out of traditional narrative opening the audience up to the creative process of planning, filming, and narrating this experimental documentary approach to storytelling...

Mar 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Quite unexpectedly, Further Beyond builds up an emotional weight, partly because the material is so poignant but also because of the manner in which that material is presented, without any special expectations of how we should react.

Nov 3, 2016 | Full Review…

It's a small wonder the piece holds together so impressively. It's a larger wonder that it proves to be strangely moving.

Oct 28, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

For those who care about film-making that pushes against what's possible - and fundable - in an age of cautious, cookie-cutter comic-book franchises and safe-bet awards bait, this is essential viewing.

Oct 27, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Covers an insane amount of ground. Multiple viewings are a must.

Oct 26, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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