There was a massive reaction to the documentary, Atlantic, that aired on RTÉ One last night
Praise was in plentiful supply, but the content of the documentary made a lot of people angry.
The multi-award winning documentary, Atlantic, aired on RTÉ One on Thursday night, a documentary made by the same team behind the acclaimed 2010 documentary The Pipe (which covered the controversial Shell pipeline off the west coast of Ireland) and narrated by Brendan Gleeson.
Atlantic started out as a crowd-funding project and took five years to make and the end result is a compelling and at times disturbing account of three coastal communities in Ireland, Newfoundland and Norway and their struggle to cope with oil exploration and industrial fishing in their waters.
Clip via Atlantic Stream
Those who tuned into Atlantic on RTÉ One on Thursday night expressed praise for its quality, yet the overriding emotion was one of anger at officialdom for the exploitation of resources and its effect on coastal communities.
— Marie-Therese Garvey (@mar_garvey) December 8, 2016
Irish politics are tragic. Giving away gas, fish, oil, minerals. #Atlantic This country could be the wealthiest EU nation.
— Padraig O'Mara (@beyourownreason) December 8, 2016
— Ciarán O' Driscoll (@bearaboi) December 8, 2016
Good to see #Atlantic trending. Film once deemed 'too political' to show in Leinster House (it eventually was). Hope ministers now watching.
— Ruairí McKiernan (@ruairimckiernan) December 8, 2016
— Mark McHugh (@MarkMcHugh1) December 8, 2016
#Atlantic cut through bureaucratic spin and told a very raw story from WITHIN the small communities directly affected by policy. Sár-obair!
— Seán Mac an tSíthigh (@Buailtin) December 8, 2016
Give a man a fish he'll eat for a day. Teach an irish man to fish he'll get convicted for having a net that might catch a salmon #Atlantic
— Niall O'Connor (@niallspace) December 8, 2016
— David Mc Weeney (@ABhoysVoice) December 8, 2016
Sure tis a great wee country. We give away our fish, gas, oil and minerals... The more things change the more they stay the same #Atlantic
— Harry Walsh (@HarryWalsh65) December 8, 2016
Absolutely spitting venom here 😡, and we continue to allow things like this to happen, #Atlantic
— Mr. Bréartún (@waynebrereton) December 9, 2016
You can watch Atlantic on the RTÉ Player here.
You can also vote for it as your favourite Irish film of 2016 on scannain.com here.
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