CAPTURING OUR CAPITAL
Capturing Our Capital is a disposable snapshot of Dublin City, taken over one day last year.
The mini documentary has since won at both the Clones and Belfast film festivals. It was also screened in the IFI’s ‘Stranger than fiction’, Waterford film festival and Brooklyn independent film festival. Take a look at this Prowlster premiere below.
Interview with filmmaker, Rebecca Bermingham.
Give us a little background on the project and yourself
Well I am 23 and born and raised in Dublin, I studied film for four years and specialized in documentary. Capturing our Capital stemmed from that time. Its intention is to be an observational documentary on metropolitan Dublin. The idea that so many people, from differing walks of life, pass each other on Dublin’s streets each day was an amazing notion to me. Giving these people a chance to photograph a snapshot of their day as they walk these streets is the essence of the documentary. It is a combination of these photos, as well as an assembly of what we discovered from where people chose to direct the lens, that the documentary is based on. We always believed that the way into the heart of a city is through its people so we were determined that the reflection of Dublin on screen was created, in part, by Dubliners.
What was general reaction from public?
The public were great! We were hiding up in pub and chipper roofs to get the shots so ironically we never actually met anyone who is in the documentary. As soon as we placed the camera out it became a commodity. We have hundreds of photos of people and the scenery of Dublin from the shooting days
What was reaction to the finished doc?
The reaction was overwhelming. We had made the documentary without a real intention for it other than being proud of it. It got picked up by the IFI for their Stranger than fiction festival and Waterford film festival. It won best Documentary at Clones film festival and Directors choice at Film Devour festival in Belfast. For family and friends they loved it probably just because I had spent such a huge amount of time making it!
Some people, when they see a disposable camera lying around, might be inclined to take a humors shot…
Well firstly with the camera being cable tied down and in pretty central places if they were going to take a picture of their arse, it would be a brave move in front of the whole of hapenny bridge. If they had though I wouldn’t of minded. People loved giving the middle finger. I could have made a documentary on that aspect alone. The camera was stolen at one point though – that features in the documentary.
What was the standard of photo like, in your opinion?
It was incredibly varied. A lot of attempted selfies with just an eye, or a beautiful scenic shot of Dublin with a finger on the lense. There are some surprisingly great ones and incredibly endearing and harrowing ones that show aspects of homelessness, friendship, and relationships.
Any trends you can pull from the photos taken?
That people love taking them and either it is of themselves or a more ‘artistic’ approach of our Dublin landscape. The trends I really focused on was the comradery amongst people taking the photos. People offering to take picture for others, or strangers getting together into a photo. That was a really great part of it for me.
What are you favourite pics?
I love them all but the picture that the man who stole the camera took of his mates and the bottle of wine while on the run with it is definitely up there.
What does this doc tell us about Dublin?
I guess you could pull a lot of conclusions and observations out from it. But for me it shows a Dublin full of life and diverse people. At 9am on Moore street someone is gutting fish while at the same time someone is walking to a meeting through Stephens Green park. Sometimes we get so focused on our own lives that we forget there is a whole city out there. I think this Documentary expands on that – well I hope it does anyway.