Movies & TV | 3 months ago

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.

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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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