Krown Films will present a screening of ‘The Cormack Brothers’ (directed by Alan Brown) in the Moyne Community Hall on February 13th (€10) at 8pm and in the Loughmore Hall on February 14th at 8pm (€8).
After the famine in Ireland two Catholic brothers were hanged for the murder of a Protestant land agent John Ellis. Though subsequently proved to be innocent, the pressure to find a murderer at the height of the investigation was so strong that witnesses were paid to testify against the brothers. Some fifty years later their bodies were exhumed and reinterred in their home village of Loughmore.
According to Alan Brown “after a screening for our Nenagh-based feature ‘The Minnitts of Anabeg’ I was approached by residents of Loughmore to make a film based on the story of the Cormack Brothers. It was a story I had researched, reading articles in the Nenagh heritage centre and historical accounts, and definitely a story that had to be told.
“I took the Minnitts to America to screen in various Irish American centres and theatres and it was well received, but they were equally engrossed by the story of the Cormacks.
“It is a mix of a court room drama and the struggle to break free from British rule. It must have been a horrific time for the brothers, but what was their legacy? Would they have known that we are still talking about them 150 years on, that it was an event that highlighted the cruelty of British rule.
“After meeting all the talented actors from Loughmore and surrounding area, asking actors from Nenagh who worked with us on the Minnitts and a number of actors from Dublin, we were ready to start. It was a leap of faith to start with no budget, but Lisheen mine was very generous and made a donation which solved so many problems. We were generously offered local locations, original to the story, such as Dovea, Trants house (the employer of the boys). Fainche Egan came on board as first assistant director who was invaluable as a local and an expert on the subject. She had to suffer long weeks of me changing my mind at the last moment and dragging actors to different locations, being handed a script on the day and standing in the cold for hours. There is no doubt this wouldn’t have been made without the local support. The film be screen for the cast and crew in Thurles on February 12th.
The Nenagh Arts Centre will also host a screening on February 21st (8pm).