Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Filmed in Ireland

On the 8th of July 2008 Irish post (An post) has issued a set of four stamps that will please people who collect stamps related to Cinema. I found these stamps rather original so I decided to share them with you.

The set of stamps celebrates films that have recently been produced in Ireland, and that have met success even out of the country. The particularity of those stamps is that they are designed to look like a film strip !

The first stamp pictures 'Cré na Cille' (the English title being Graveyard Clay), a film directed by Robert Quinn in 2007. Filmed in Irish language, it tells the story of a deceased woman who continues her feud with her sister beyond the grave !

The second one pictures Kings, a film directed by Tom Collins featuring both Irish and English languages. It is based on Jimmy Murphy's play 'The Kings of the Kilburn Road' and tells a story of young Irish men in the mid-70s. The men leave Connemara for London and are reunited 30 years later for a friend's funeral. The film stars Colm Meaney who is pictured on the stamp.

'Garage' is pictured on the third stamp. This film was directed in 2007 by Lenny Abrahamson. The film shows a lonely petrol station worker's attempts to engage with the world around him

The last stamp pictures 'The Wind that Shakes the Barley'. The film spans the Irish War of Independence and Irish Civil War, with a story of two brothers and their involvement in the conflicts that shaped the Irish nation. Made by the famous British director Ken Loach in 2006 this film was awarded the Palme D'Or at that year's Cannes Film Festival.

The four stamps are also gathered on a souvenir sheet.

And as often, as too often I should say, Irish post has also issued a prestige booklet for the occasion. Here is the font cover of the booklet.

The booklet design is themed on a visit to the local cinema. The show begins on the front cover outside the cinema, and leads the reader through buying the ticket and popcorn, settling in to watch the featured films and ends on the rear cover, with the rolling credits. The booklet contains information about cinema industry in Ireland. It also includes four panes containing each of them the four stamps. What is funny is that each pane contains the stamps in a different order, making them all different !

Despite the fact that the booklet is very well done, I’m still not convinced of the postal need of such items !

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