As a specially commissioned piece for To Be Irish, District Magazine will pair writers up with visual artists to bring together different perspectives on what it means to be Irish at Christmas. In their short film Homecoming, an Irish woman in London is caught in a reverie as she contemplates the fact that she will not be able to return home for Christmas. Meanwhile, back in Ireland, the world is left empty without her presence.
District have enlisted the help of James Vincent McMorrow and Gemma Dunleavy to contribute a score and narration, respectively. London-based, Irish playwright Karen Cogan provides the original screenplay.
Director George Voronov says: Karen’s script really resonated with me because it cut to the core of how we relate to Christmas time. The idea of Christmas is a mosaic that is made up of countless fragments of memories. It’s never any one single thing. It’s a complex combination of moments and emotions; every hug, every cuddle, every cup of tea. They all coalesce to become more than the sum of their parts. The feeling of the video was informed by my own friends that I’ll be missing this Christmas. My hope is that it will resonate with those around the world who are also missing their loved ones at a time that is so much about being together.
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