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Director: Neasa Ní Chianáin | Co-Director: David Rane | Producer: David Rane | Editor: Mirjam Strugalla | Composer: Eryck Abecassis | Cinematographer: Neasa Ní Chianáin | Ireland-Spain / 2016 / 99 min / Documetary
About the Film
Ireland’s Headfort School, a private boarding school, is like a real-life Hogwarts. The sprawling 18th-century mansion hosts elementary school-age children and two special teachers, married couple Amanda and John Leyden, who met at Headfort as young instructors and have lived on the school grounds for the past 40 years. This tender and surprising film observes them and their charges over a school year as the couple contemplates retirement from their beloved vocation.
About the Filmmakers
Neasa Ní Chianáin started directing in 2001 with television documentaries. She has directed three feature documentaries, including the award-winning Frank Ned & Busy Lizzie, which won Best Feature award at The Celtic Film Festival 2004 and sold to broadcasters around the world; Fairytale of Kathmandu, which world premiered at IDFA 2007 in the Silver Wolf Competition and was subsequently invited to 25 international festivals and won 3 international awards; The Stranger, which premiered in Locarno FF 2014; and her most recent film, In Loco Parentis, which had its world premiere in the Feature Documentary Competition at IDFA in November 2016.
David Rane has produced award-winning documentary feature films, including Fairytale of Kathmandu (2007), The Stranger (2014), In Loco Parentis (2016), animated films, including the BAFTA-winning Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2002), and short fiction films. His company, Soilsiú Films, is a regular recipient of Creative Europe funding, and has had work screened in France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, and the U.S. David is the founder and festival director of Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival.