Directed by Ciara Kelleher and Alanna MacNamee, ‘Movers and Shapers’ is a short documentary that focuses on the intricate craftsmanship that goes into making bespoke surfboards, as well as the ways Irish shapers are trying to make this process more sustainable. Both Directors are former members of Limerick Youth Theatre who have gone to work in creative industries.
Ciara is an actor and studied at the likes of the Giles Foreman Centre for Acting in London and Bow Street in Dublin, while Alanna is a journalist that has written for the Business Post, Evoke.ie and Vice. The inspiration behind the doc is incredibly important – Nature gives us surfing, but by surfing on surfboards made out of toxic materials we are harming nature.
The film features different kinds of surfboard shapers, from Limerick backyard shaper Michael Meleady, who took up shaping in lockdown, to Philippe Hetier; a master woodworker who is making innovative wooden boards deep in the Tipperary countryside. The documentary will also feature environmentalist, champion surfer and Lahinch native Ollie O’Flaherty.
Describing the process of making the film, Ciara had the following to say: “I became engrossed in surfboard shaping after learning about the process from Michael. After the past couple of years, I feel so lucky to get to focus on something creative and work with not only a passionate team; but a friend of over 10 years!”
The 10-minute film was shortlisted for the 2021 ENGINE Docs Funding scheme, run by Film in Limerick & Sheffield DocFest which enabled the co-directors to train with some of the world’s best documentary makers. To keep up with the latest news on the documentary, follow @moversandshapersdoc on Instagram.