An inspirational documentary outlining Roger Corman’s investment in the Irish film industry.
In the 1990s, hoping to take advantage of cheap labour and an open market, Roger Corman – the King of the B movies – built a studio in Galway, Ireland. What followed was an explosion of opportunity, talent, and film.
In 5 years Corman’s production company made over 20 films, mostly with crews who were completely untrained and inexperienced. Interviewees, famous and not, recount with ubiquitous joy their days at the ‘Roger Corman film school’, learning how to shoot 6-10 minutes of finished material each day on the tightest of tight budgets. Corman himself contributes generously to the documentary too, providing a fascinating central figure around whom this whole whirlwind of creativity and talent seems to spin.
If you’ve ever been part of a low-budget independent film, watching ‘It Came From Connemara!’ is a bit like going back in time to that shoot. This shouldn’t be a surprise – most, if not all, low-budget shooting techniques were first developed, practised and perfected by Corman – but it’s heartening and inspirational to hear some of his first ‘students’ talk with passion about the time when film left Hollywood and came to Galway, Ireland.