The London Irish Film Club series returns for our Autumn/Winter season and will run fortnightly every Thursday from 7pm! The 5th installment is the screening of 'The Pipe'.

The Pipe

Local opposition to a gas pipeline in the West of Ireland is already seen to have caused the imprisonment of five activists when this documentary account of the ongoing battle between Shell Oil and a County Mayo community picks up the story.

These arrests sparks protests which delay construction, and provoke police violence towards the protestors.

Director Risteard Ó Domhnaill, acting initially as a news cameraman, captured the development of the story over several years.

Refusing to glamorise this story of a rural town facing down big business The Pipe records community meetings collapsing into acrimony, whilst bribery fragments what is a politically disparate movement.

Seen also however is the indomitable will which leads to hunger strikes, offshore blockades, and a challenge against Shell which is brought to the European Parliament.

A powerful documentary about an often fractious struggle, The Pipe punctuates the story of escalating protests with anecdotes from locals explaining their connection to the land and the kinds of lives that would be destroyed were the pipeline to be operational

This screening is presented with the support of IFI International as part of Culture Ireland’s GB18 initiative, and Arts Council Ireland.


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