The Limerick Brigadistas
‘The Limerick Brigadistas’ tells the story of six men from Limerick who went to fight against fascism with the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Approximately 240 Irish volunteers fought with the International Brigades during the war and the documentary tells the story of the six men from Limerick who fought with the XV International brigade - Frank Ryan, Emmett Ryan, Joe Ryan, Gerard Doyle, Paddy Brady and Jim Woulfe.
It explores what motivated these men to leave Ireland to fight in another country and what subsequently happened to them. The documentary follows some of the members of the Limerick International Brigades Memorial Trust as they travel to Catalonia in 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. ‘The Limerick Brigadistas’ was produced by Frameworks Films, in collaboration with the Limerick International Brigades Memorial Trust. The documentary was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under their Sound and Vision Scheme.
Kickstart is a 52 minute documentary on football culture in Mahon on the southside of Cork city. Given its relative size it has produced an above average number of outstanding players and this documentary aims to show why. It explores the links between the local football club, the local school and the local youth project and how they all work together to nurture young players. In Kickstart we see the various options open to young players who wish to progress with their footballing career, whether that be playing at senior level in their local club or coaching or playing at a professional level nationally or internationally. The film ultimately gives expression to one community and its passion for football.