A TEAM of documentary makers were in the city yesterday. Limerick filmmaker Miriam Garcia-Mortell joined Dominik Kosicki and Ronan Cassidy in a team headed by Miltown Malbay man Neil Hynes filming in Nancy Blake’s for a new observational documentary which they plan to release in the autumn.
Titled ‘Fast Eddie’, the documentary focuses on the proprietor of Clare Bar Supplies Edward Horgan, who has a second career as a rally car racer.
His day job sees him fixing machines in bars across the region - including Nancy Blake’s where they filmed.
But in September, he plans to race in the Clare Stages Rally - and Neil says the documentary will follow the businessman as he carries out hum-drum work while he builds up to the race.
“Him and his co-driver John Treacy are heading for the Clare stages this September. They are trying to come first in their class. It is a kind of ‘chase your dream’ style of documentary. We are trying to capture all the angles of his life: his work life, his day job, and then capturing him in his car, as he prepares the journey towards his desire, whether he achieves it or not,” Neil explained.
The crew have been filming across Co Clare and in Charleville for the 25-minute film, which will be completed in November.
Neil - who secured grant aid from Ballyhoura Development and Clare County Council - said he chose Eddie, 40, because he feels the audience will empathise with him.
He said: “Eddie is a really good subject. I think the audience will see this. He is a natural on camera. I find him the same off camera as he is on camera. We were never buddies, we never hung out, but when I found out he was into rally car driving, he became a good subject. I think he is capable of holding an audience’s interest.”
Once the film is complete, Neil has a number of options on how to get the film to a wide audience. He will put the film forward to a festival, distribute it online, and offer it to a broadcaster. More information is available on www.facebook.com/FastEddieFilm