Limerick cinematographer Maurice at centre of Chilean rescue drama

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

THE DRAMATIC rescue of 33 Chilean miners nearly a year ago will be broadcast on RTE this Wednesday night – and is partly the product of Limerick photographer and cinematographer Maurice Gunning.

THE DRAMATIC rescue of 33 Chilean miners nearly a year ago will be broadcast on RTE this Wednesday night – and is partly the product of Limerick photographer and cinematographer Maurice Gunning.

‘The Chile 33’ documentary was filmed during the rescue in the San Jose mine on October 13, 2010, which was watched by more than one billion people live on TV around the world.

It charts their ordeal, bravery and eventual rescue whilst revealing evidence of alleged negligence that led to the catastrophe at the mine.

The drama unfolded on August 5 as 33 miners were trapped nearly 700 meters below ground in the Atacama desert, and follows the highs and lows of the rescue operation step by step.

The documentary includes exclusive interviews with the miners themselves and divulges the men’s innermost feelings during their 69 day ordeal along with interviews with their families, officials, politicians and rescuers. “It reveals compelling evidence that greed and flawed safety procedures triumphed over worker well-being at the San Jose mine,” according to the producers.

Mr Gunning, who worked as a cinematographer on this project, is photographer-in-residence with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. He has produced many notable photographic exhibitions around the world.

It is produced and directed by Huw Roberts, an experienced film-maker, whose recent documentary work includes ‘Coming Clean’, an expose on drug taking at the Beijing Olympics.

It will premieres on RTE2 this Wednesday, October 12, at 7.35pm and has secured a worldwide release.

Mr Gunning will be speaking about the programme on Pat Kenny’s show on Radio One this Tuesday.