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Two in a Million - The Book

Two Suitcases – New Film Based on Two in a Million

…Because one work with ‘Two’ in the title simply wasn’t enough.


Here are the details:

Two Suitcases – the film

‘When you go into hospital, you take two suitcases with you: one to carry your clothes, and another to pack away your dignity.’

Two Suitcases is an innovative and award-winning new short film, written and directed by Emma Eager and Ben Murnane. Ben has a rare genetic disorder, Fanconi anaemia; when he was 16 years old, he became the first person in Ireland to undergo a new type of bone marrow transplant. The film describes (in 11 minutes) the journey of his transplant and recovery, combining a myriad of storytelling methods, including live action, animation, puppetry, home movie footage, and original music. It was filmed using the iPhone 4S.

Two Suitcases was made with the involvement of teenagers living with chronic illness, who took on roles both on camera and behind the scenes. It has now won two awards: best film in the under-18s category at the 2012 Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival in Waterville, Co Kerry; and best film at the First Cut! Youth Film Festival in Cork. It was also showcased in October 2012 at the Dublintellectual event, ‘Creative Entrepreneurialism and the Humanities’, as part of Innovation Dublin. The short is part of a broader ‘Two Suitcases Project’, established by Emma – with the assistance of a range of artists – to promote and encourage the creativity of young people with chronic illnesses. A new film is to be made with a wider group of teenagers in November 2012, and Emma recently established OAK, a creative web-space for teenagers, as part of the Two Suitcases Project.

Two Suitcases was produced by Helium Children’s Arts and Health in association with SpunOut.ie, with support from the Arts Council, the Vodafone Ireland Foundation, DIT School of Media, and Filmbase. The next phase of the project has been funded by the Arts Council’s Youth Ensembles Scheme.

View the film on YouTube here.

I’ve also been involved recently in another film project, based in part on another my my books, the guide to Dublin I wrote with Katherine Farmar. Check out some videos in the series, Dublin: The Local Way, here. More to follow!


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