About the film
Director: Uli Gaulke
Actors: Jerry S. Kaufmann, Joel Rogosin, Connie Sawyer, Daniel SelznickAustralian premiere
Hidden at the end of Mulholland Drive lies the Motion Picture & Television Fund. The fund was created by Hollywood’s earliest luminaries such as Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, who realised the need to help those in the industry who fell upon hard times. Today, the MPTF houses a unique retirement community: men and women who were once the backbone of showbiz, including actress Connie Sawyer (When Harry Met Sally…1989) and producer Daniel Selznick (American Graffiti 1973).
Still burning for movies and entertainment, the film follows the residents on a creative endeavour, from the first brainstorming session all the way to the premiere, revealing enduring dreams beyond the limelight – and lessons in life and love.
Often funny and at times poignant, the film explores each centenarian’s journey, from their birth at the dawn of Irish independence to their life in modern day Ireland. Award-winning director Alex Fegan brings to Older Than Ireland a relaxed, conversational style that offers a rare insight into the personal lives of these remarkable individuals. These centenarians truly are older than Ireland, they are Ireland’s living history and these are their extraordinary stories.
“The 30 centenarians facing the camera in Alex Fegan’s delightful documentary are simply beautiful.” - The New York Times
WINNER: Best New Irish Documentary, Best Irish Feature Documentary, Galway Film Fleadh 2015
WINNER: Director's Choice Award, Boston Irish Film Festival 2016