Turf

A Derryman and a Syrian asylum seeker spend a day working on a bog with a complicated journey across the Irish border.

  • Ara Devine
    Director
  • Ara Devine
    Writer
  • Isabella Djalili-Devine
    Producer
  • Thomas McKeown
    Director of Photography
  • Isabella Djalili-Devine
    Editor
  • Micheál McDaid
    Key Cast
    "Niall"
  • Fayez Bakhsh
    Key Cast
    "Hamed"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    Ireland
  • Country of Filming:
    Ireland, United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Louth International Film Festival
    Louth
    Ireland
    October 2, 2021
    Winner: Best Short Fiction
  • Belfast Film Festival
    Belfast
    United Kingdom
    November 4, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Richard Harris International Film Festival
    Limerick
    Ireland
    Official Selection
  • Foyle Film Festival
    Derry/Londonderry
    Ireland
    October 28, 2021
    Lights in Motion Competition: Irish Shorts (Special Recognition: Debut Irish Short Film)
  • London Lift-Off Festival
    London
    December 6, 2021
  • Mayo International Film Festival
    Mayo
    Ireland
    February 22, 2022
  • St Patricks's Day Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    March 12, 2022
  • Catalyst International Film Festival
    Limerick
    Ireland
    April 2, 2022
Director Biography - Ara Devine

Ara Devine is an artist, filmmaker and PhD researcher at Belfast School of Art, Ulster University. He is a graduate of Fine Art Media and Visual Culture from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. In 2017 his video installation 'The Irish Question' was shortlisted for the RDS Visual Art Awards.

Add Director Biography
Director Statement

Turf is my first narrative short film and was funded by Future Screens NI. Drawing on my experience growing up in the Irish borderlands between Donegal and Derry it explores the ramifications of political boundaries on the daily lived experience of the local population, 100 years after the partition of Ireland.