- 23 May 17
Several stars are born and pigs allowed to run amok in Tomato Red, Juanita Wilson’s IFTA-nominated journey into the dark, rust bucket heart of America.
If you still can’t quite comprehend how Trump made it into the White House, you might want to peruse White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History Of Class In America, Louisiana State University professor Nancy Isenberg’s highly readable account of how the likes of The Donald have been exploiting the justifiable fears and frustrations of the downtrodden right back to colonial times.
One of its striking illustrations is of five barefoot and muddied 1940s kids sitting outside a wooden shack in the Ozark mountains, which is also the modern-day setting for Dublin writer and director Juanita Wilson’s tale of Nowheresville desperation, Tomato Red, which was up against A Date For Mad Mary, Love & Friendship, The Secret Scripture, The Young Offenders and The Siege Of Jadotville recently at the IFTAs.
The common denominator being, well, there isn’t really one apart from the fact that they’re beautifully scripted, resonate with audiences and were made by Irish people.