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“Throwline” Directed by Mia Mullarkey

"Throwline" is a documentary film from Irish director Mia Mullarkey.

With excellent visuals and a creative score, Mia Mullarkey has captured the story of a group of ordinary citizens that have taken action to help prevent suicides in Kilkenny, Ireland. The Oregon Documentary Film Festival judges were inspired by this story and mesmerized by the personalities of these concerned citizens.

  • Film Name: "Throwline" 
  • Director: Directed by Mia Mullarkey
  • Director of Photography: Jass Foley
  • Composer: Anna Mullarkey
  • Runtime: 14 Minutes
  • Screening: Friday, November 10th, 2017
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  • Tagline: "A group of taxi drivers in Kilkenny, Ireland, join together to form a suicide prevention group. Uniquely positioned to patrol the night, the drivers keep vigil over the city's streets and bridges and offer help to those who feel forlorn."

"The drivers keep vigil over the city's streets and bridges and offer help to those who feel forlorn."

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We had an opportunity to catch up with director Mia Mallarkey for a short interview about the "Throwline" film's back story. 

  1. Why did you think that the Oregon Documentary Film Festival was a good place to submit and screen your film? “Throwline is an independent documentary so I was looking for festivals which support this kind of work.”
  2. What is the title of your film and is there any special meaning to the title? “Throwline. The title refers to a line thrown into water to rescue someone from drowning. This has a concrete and a symbolic reference to the film in that they drivers keep throwlines in their cars for emergencies and they also offer a symbolic throwline to those in need.”
  3. Why did you choose to tell this particular story? “I love stories about people who are immensely compassionate, so when I heard about Derek's work I called him straight away.”
  4. How did you fund this film? Did you use crowd funding? Do you have pressure to recoup the production costs somehow? “I financed the film myself and don't expect to recoup the costs. I felt it was an important story and just started working on it straight away.”
  5. What kind of audience reaction are you getting to this film? Discuss any Positives or Negatives that you feel comfortable talking about. “The best thing that has come out of this film is that people approach me and the taxi drivers after watching it to talk about their experiences of suicide, whether it's personal mental health stories or the loss of a loved one. The film allows people to open up and talk. Another great thing to come from the film is that people offer to support Taxi Watch because they are deeply moved by the work.”

"Moved by how many people were being rescued, I embarked on filming Taxi Watch in action. To capture the driver's world at night we had a special car roof mount built to counteract the bumps of the road. Cameras were also attached to the bonnets and doors of cars to create an immersive visual experience. My main goal when creating the film was to reveal the deep kindness of the drivers involved in Taxi Watch." - Director Mia Mullarkey

Official Poster for "Throwline" Documentary Film

Director Mia Mullarkey Bio

Following her studies in philosophy and psychology, and after working as a psychologist for a short time, Director Mia Mullarkey completed a masters in film production and theory in 2009. In 2011 she set up a production company called Ishka Films to create music videos and digital content. Several of these projects have won awards and gone viral. Mia's short documentaries have screened at film festivals worldwide and collected a number of nominations and awards. In 2016 Mia received film grants from the Irish Film Board; Science Foundation Ireland in association with Galway Film Centre; and National Women's Council of Ireland in association with the National Lottery Fund.

"Throwline" Taxi Driver

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