Element Pictures Distribution has announced that they have acquired the Irish & UK rights to Alex Fegan’s new documentary Older Than Ireland.

The film, which won Best Irish Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh, is a landmark documentary that covers a hundred years of life in Ireland as seen through the eyes of thirty centenarians. These centenarians, as the title suggests are actually older than the state in which they now live.

Director Alex Fegan, who gave us the heart-warming documentary The Irish Pub, was joined by cameraman Colm Nicell in recording the stories of men and women countrywide, ranging in age from 100 to 109.

This remarkable group of centenarians, all born before 1916, are the last generation to have borne witness to Ireland’s bloody transition from a newly formed fledging republic through to its development into a mature European state. These centenarians are our living history and it is through their wit, wisdom and philosophy that the film explores the more universal themes of life.

From the oldest Irish person ever on record, 113-year-old Kathleen Snavely to Ireland’s oldest man, 108-year-old Luke Dolan audiences will meet a colourful cast of characters from all walks of life from the four corners of Ireland.

[quote title=”Alex Fegan – Director”]Having worked with Element Pictures Distribution with The Irish Pub, we are very excited to be working with them again on Older Than IrelandThis documentary is a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture the life-story of 30 Irish centenarians, each born before 1916 and the foundation of the state. We know, working with Element, that we can reach the widest possible audience, who we are certain will be moved and inspired by the honesty and insights of these extraordinary citizens.[/quote]

Older Than Ireland is a Snackbox Films production, with funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann / Irish Film Board.

Element Pictures Distribution will release Older Than Ireland on Irish cinema screens on September 25th. For more information follow the film on Facebook and Twitter.

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