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Friday 22 August 2014

Irish director scoops World Record

IRISH director Mairtin de Barra has made it into the Guinness World Records for being part of a project that spanned five continents and 25 directors.

It was tipped by British director Mike Leigh as a "cult classic" and now the movie The Owner is cleaning up awards and records.

The film follows a story of a backpack and the people it encounters on its journey through dozens of countries around the world.

Irish director de Barra had been involved in a number of short films and saw the opportunity online.

"It is always difficult to move from shorts to anything longer," he said.

"I was searching the internet and came across this project from Marty Shay and Ian Bonner who were looking for American filmmakers.

"They wanted to make a film around America and I asked them to think about broadening it out a bit to other countries.

"They watched my stuff and they decided to open it up."

Mairtin's sons Jamie (10) and Ben (six) took part in the Irish segment of the film.

The director, originally from Cork and now living in Loughshinny in Kerry, said the film has scooped several regional prizes.

And now is has been entered in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most directors involved in one project.

Shooting

"We aimed before we started shooting to get it into the Guinness Book of World Records, it took seven months to get us verified and we just heard a few days ago.

"It's brilliant," he said.

"The British director Mike Leigh attended the premiere in Ireland and afterwards he said that it represented the best of scorched earth film making and tipped it to become a cult hit."

The group of directors worked together via a website to create a script, vote on storylines and filming.

The resulting feature film is about the international travels of a backpack that winds up in the hands of various people facing serious dilemmas.

There were roughly 200 people involved from 40 countries.

The Owner is now out on DVD and can be purchased through www.collabfeature.com

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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