The most popular things in the world to do:

Based on a found handwritten document listing 28 activities, 'The most popular things in the world to do:' is a meditative study of the ‘outsider’ character in cinema. Strictly adhering to the original structure of the list, we observe, through a detached and static point of view, the lead character’s outlook on the modern world and his unique and sometimes absurd behaviour.

Photographed on 4K digital video the film was mastered through the obsolete VHS format remiscient of an unwanted or 2nd hand quality aesthetic.

Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland in association with Experimental Film Society.
(2021, 108m, 4K-DCP, 1.33:1)

  • Michael Higgins
    Director
  • Michael Higgins
    Producer
  • Clown Johnie K
    Key Cast
    "Archie Bald"
  • Andrea Murphy
    Key Cast
    "Librarian"
  • Cillian Roche
    Key Cast
    "Herman Gortz"
  • Angelica Santander
    Key Cast
    "Nun 1"
  • Richard Kane
    Key Cast
    "Nun 2"
  • Sean Murphy
    Key Cast
    "Mother Superior"
  • Oli Ryan
    Music / Sound
  • Michael Higgins
    Writer
  • John Patrick Kavanagh
    Writer
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 46 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    Ireland
  • Country of Filming:
    Ireland
  • Shooting Format:
    4K BMPPC / VHS
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.33:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • FLIGHT - Mostra del Cinema di Genova
    Genoa
    Italy
    September 27, 2021
    World Premier
    WINNER Best Film / Student Jury
Director Biography - Michael Higgins

Michael Higgins is a filmmaker best known for his analogue film work. He is interested in using the filmmaking process to rupture the reality of the everyday, skewing documentary and fiction in order to highlight alternative ways of seeing and experiencing. He has a dog named Tinto.

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Director Statement

I prefer to avoid the invasive and intimating characteristics of conventional filmmaking processes so I opt for a much more personal and intimate approach. This occasionally involves working with non-actors, involving very little pre-production or written scripts while also trying to avoid the typical abundance of technology and high cost.