Darkness at the Market House, Clonmany
WAR photography is the
theme for the next Disappear Here Film Club on Friday 4
November 2022 at 7:30pm at the Market House, Clonmany.
The monthly film night takes place on the first Friday
of every month and features issue-led films that spark
debate and conversation. Each screening is followed by a
talk exploring the local and global connection. On
Friday 4 November, the post-show panel discussion will
feature local photographer, Brendan Diver.
Speaking about Shooting the Darkness, Michael McLaughlin
of Disappear Here Film Festival said: “With the rising
phenomenon of ‘fake news’ across the world and the
impact of that disinformation, via conspiracy theories,
it is important to recognise the power of photography to
preserve the true narrative of the past. We look forward
to gathering together at our next Film Club to watch Tom
Burke’s great documentary.
After, we will reflect with local photographer, Brendan
Diver on important questions including: how can
photography assist the curbing of disinformation and
what are the free speech implications around it?
Brendan will also reflect on his own work with
Photosfromireland.com capturing the beauty of the
Shooting the Darkness will
be shown on Friday 4 November 2022 at 7:30pm at the
Market House, Clonmany.
Shooting the Darkness is a
powerful documentary by Tom Burke about the men who
unwittingly became war photographers on the streets of
their own Northern Irish towns.
They did not leave home in search of war and adventure:
the violence erupted around them. They expected a career
of wedding photography and celebrity photo-calls and
instead the images they produced during the worst years
of the Troubles would come to define that conflict.
The press photographer deals in single images that must
distil story, character and context into a single frame
which is often more impactful than moving images of the
What did it cost these men to take those pictures? What
was the value of those images as the conflict raged on
for 25 years? These moral and ethical questions are at
the heart of this illuminating documentary by Tom Burke.
Shooting the Darkness will be shown on Friday 4 November
2022 at 7:30pm at the Market House, Clonmany.
Entry to the film and post-screening discussion costs
€7.50 and all proceeds go to the newly established
‘Donegal Documentary Fund’, to raise awareness of
socio-political and environmental issues in the county.