Far Away Land

Deirdre O'Toole

Research output: Non-textual formComposition


Far Away Land is a documentary about a woman who recounts how she was swimming off Nantucket Island at a beach unfamiliar to her, when she became caught by the tides and felt unable to get back to the shore. She thought her life was over and came to realise how fragile she was when confronted with the strength of the Atlantic Ocean. This film is part of a larger PhD project which is concerned with aesthetically and authentically documenting stories of drowning. Far Away Land is structured around a voice-over interview with Catherine Redmond where she recalls this traumatic event and this testimony becomes the ‘plot’ or story of the film. The ‘emplotment’ or visualisation of her story is in two parts: the first section is an observational sequence of Catherine on a recent diving expedition, the rest of the film is a reenactment of the event itself which occurred over thirty years previously.

Far Away Land Film Festival Screenings:
Far Away Land, (2017), Irish Film Institute Documentary Festival, Ireland
Far Away Land, (2018) Europa Documentary Festival, Egypt
Far Away Land, (2018) Belfast Film Festival, Northern Ireland
Far Away Land, (2018), Pull Focus Documentary Festival Belfast, Northern Ireland
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDeirdre O'Toole
Media of outputFilm
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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