The bachelor farmer is a fixture in rural Ireland and this week in the Dunamaise Theatre, the story of one fictional farmer will be screened on Thursday, June 20.
Pilgrim Hill tells the story of Jimmy Walsh (Joe Mullins), a middle-aged farmer living in rural Ireland.
Unmarried and ill-educated, Jimmy has unquestioningly assumed responsibility for tending to the remote family land and its livestock, and has taken on the care of his ageing father in the same manner. His social life amounts to a couple of pints in the pub when he can get away, and Jimmy is clearly finding his life tough. He’s not prepared for the turn it is about to take.
Pilgrim Hill was a feature debut for Gearard Barrett, the film’s 24 year-old writer/director from Kerry. He shot the film on €4,500 over seven days in the Kingdom. It premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh 2012, where Gerard won the Best New Irish Talent Award. I
ts North American premiere was at Telluride Film Festival where Gerard was selected as the next Great Expectation.
To crown his achievement he won the Rising Star Award at the 10th Annual Irish and Film and Television Awards in 2013.