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FROM THE VAULTS: EAT THE PEACH

Director: Peter Ormrod

93 mins, Ireland, 1986, 35mm


This film screened 14th September 2016.

 30th anniversary screening

In 1984, inspired by Elvis Presley’s motorcycle antics in Roustabout and a visit to Dublin’s Funderland, two unemployed midlands brothers-in-law built a 40-foot cylindrical Wall of Death in their backyard. RTÉ News reporter Peter Ormrod covered their story and was so enthralled that he decided to make a feature film about it. Eat the Peach is a wryly comic tale of eccentricity and determination set in an Ireland of high unemployment and emigration. It is populated by entirely likeable and variously textured characters: the dreamers, Vinny (Stephen Brennan) and Arthur (Eamon Morrissey); longsuffering wife, Nora (Catherine Byrne); and faux-American, Boots (Niall Toibin). (Notes by Sunniva O Flynn)

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