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Monday, 4 June 2012

Ferg Brennan "The Fisherman" (2011)

I recall sitting round the campfire in the scouts listening to our leader tell ghost stories with his broad Scottish accent and then just when all seemed doomed he'd lighten the tension with a wink or anticlimax.The Fisherman has no wink that I can discern. Indeed this retelling of the Irish legend, salmon of knowledge, is confidently delivered with CG that looks like puppetry, and a theatrical quality of lighting delivering that camp-fire quality in spades. The salmon is a magic fish and the person catching it would be the wisest man in Ireland. But Ferg Brennan's film is a deeper exploration of a developing madness, the fish representing an escape from poverty for the increasingly desperate fisherman. Foust too struck an agreement with his own demon. Actor Diarmuid De Faoite surpasses himself voicing the monologue. Ferg studied at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology.

4 comments:

Ms. said...

Ooooooh and shivers of harrowing fare! I think you've fixed the Vimeo feed-suddenly I can watch. Thank you.

Kimberley said...

Very creepy animation, I enjoyed it a lot!

Jacobe Terry said...

This can leave a real effect of campfire.

Ian Lumsden said...

I'm half Scottish myself! Though brought up entirely in England.