Puckoon divides and conquers
- A film by Terence Ryan about an imaginary Irish village, divided by the creation of the border in 1922, has had a successful premiere at the Galway Film Festival
The eagerly anticipated Puckoon was previewed in Galway, Ireland with
great success. The film is based on the tale by the same name by playwright
Spike Milligan, who recently died.
An Anglo-Irish co-production, the film is written and directed by Terence Ryan. It has a sarcastic and surreal tone and tells the story of the inhabitants of an imaginary Irish village called Puckoon which is divided in the separation of North Ireland from the rest of the country. The villagers must determine the border which will separate the town into two distinct parts. The film brings to life a situation which is grotesque, but sometimes hilarious.
The clear and critical gaze of the British director highlights the absurdity of certain historical events regarding the division of Ireland which remain unresolved today. The tale published in 1964, was Milligan's first and was extraordinarily successful, selling over 6 million copies. The movie, filmed in North Ireland last year, will arrive in theatres in Great Britain next October.
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