Ireland / Spain 2016, 99 min, English and Spanish, Hebrew & English subtitles

You don’t have to be Robin Williams in ‘Dead Poets Society’ to be an inspiring, unforgettable teacher. Amanda and John Leyden, for instance, break the rules and encourage critical thinking and creativity, but they do it in their own laid-back, loving way, and their students at the Headfort boarding school are well aware of it. The Leydens have been working at this beautiful school for over 40 years, teaching 7-13-year-olds from Ireland, Britain, Korea, Tanzania, the former USSR, etc. As they contemplate their upcoming retirement, this lovely pair of teachers invites you to spend a challenge-filled year with them. A heartwarming film that proves all a school system needs to be great is good people.

Previous Festivals:

IDFA, Sundance

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  • Fri 12.05 10:30 Cinemateque 1
  • Mon 15.05 10:15 Cinemateque 4
    Extra screening due to high demand
  • Thu 18.05 17:30 Cinemateque 2
Directors: Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane
Production: David Rane
Production Company: Soilsiú Films
Script: Etienne Essery
Editing: Mirjam Strugalla
Cinematography: Neasa Ní Chianáin
Music: Eryck Abecassis


Neasa started directing in 2001 with television documentaries. She has directed three feature documentaries, including the award-winning Frank Ned & Busy Lizzie, which won Best Feature award at The Celtic Film Festival 2004 and sold to broadcasters around the world; Fairytale of Kathmandu, which world premiered at IDFA 2007 in the Silver Wolf Competition and was ubsequently invited to 25 international festivals and won 3 international awards; The Stranger, which premiered in Locarno FF 2014; and her most recent film, School Life, which had its world premiere in the Feature Documentary Competition at IDFA in November 2016.

David has produced award-winning documentary feature films, including Fairytale of Kathmandu (2007), The Stranger (2014), School Life (2016), animated films, including the BAFTA-winning Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2002), and short fiction films. His company, Soilsiú Films, is a regular recipient of Creative Europe funding, and has had work screened in France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, and the U.S. David is the founder and festival director of Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival.