‘The Limerick Brigadistas’ tells the story of six men from Limerick who went to fight fascism in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Approximately 240 Irish volunteers fought with the International Brigades during the war and the documentary depicts the lives of the six men from Limerick who fought with the XV International brigade – Maurice Emmett Ryan, Jim Woulfe, Frank Ryan, Gerard Doyle, Paddy Brady and Joe Ryan. It explores what motivated these men to leave Ireland to fight in another country and what subsequently happened to them. The documentary follows members of the Limerick International Brigades Memorial Trust as they travel to Spain to find the final resting place of some of their fellow Limerick men and to look at the relevance of their story in today’s world.
Produced by Frameworks Films and The Limerick International Brigades Memorial Trust (2017). (85mins.).
‘The Sunbeam Wolsey Factory was one of the biggest employers on the northside of Cork City throughout much of the 20th century. Although it finally closed its doors in the 1990s, its imposing structure was a permanent reminder of friendships formed, romances kindled and the long hours of hard work. In this short documentary, former employees recount stories of working in the Sunbeam, their memories stirred by the dramatic fire which swept through the complex in September 2003, signalling the final end of the Sunbeam. ‘Sunbeam’ was produced by Frameworks Films in collaboration with The Northside Folklore Project. (20mins.).
‘Miles of Stone’ is a 52 minute documentary by Frameworks Films which explores the 5,000 year old tradition of dry stone wall building in Ireland. Its focus is the annual ‘Féile na gCloch’ which takes place on Inis Oírr, the smallest of the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland and which is run by Galway County Council and Comhar Caomhán Teo. Here people come from all over Ireland, Europe and further afield, to work alongside the islanders and master stone-wallers to build a stone wall on the island over the course of three days.The documentary features the participants and tutors and documents their experiences during the festival. We also see some of the other activities that take place during the festival such as letter carving and sculpting. Along the way we learn about the history of dry stone wall building in Ireland, how it is such an important part of our heritage and what is being done to ensure the skills of stone wall building are preserved and passed on to future generations.
Produced by Frameworks Films for Cork Community Television (2016). (52mins.).
The Limerick Soviet tells the fascinating story of a revolution on the streets of Limerick in April 1919. The story begins with the death of a prominent trade unionist at police hands and the subsequent imposition of martial law in the city by the British authorities. In response the workers of the city declared a general strike and for twelve days, they took control of the city, even printing their own currency. This unique documentary examines the events leading up this dramatic event, details what happened during it and asks who were the eventual winners of what became known as the Limerick Soviet. Produced by Frameworks Films in collaboration with the Limerick Council of Trade Unions (2015). (55mins.).