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Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl (2005)

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An intimate portrait of a resilient and spirited young girl and her proud and dignified family, who are part of Ireland's "traveller" community.


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Complete credited cast:
Winnie Maughan ...
Rose Maughan ...
Rosie Maughan ...
Paddy Maughan ...
Michael Collins ...
Uncle Martin
Helen Joyce ...
Abbie Spallen ...
Brian Dignam ...
Council Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angel ...
Arcade Cashier
Joy Astin ...
African Hairdresser
Linda Balogun ...
African Hairdresser
Jacqui Caulfield ...
Head Teacher
Hannah Cawley ...
Campfire Traveler
Patrick Cawley ...
Thomas Cawley ...
Campfire Traveler / Fella


Winnie is ten. Winnie is in trouble at school. Winnie can get violent but only when the other kids disrespect her. Winnie is sensitive but she is unable to express her emotions. Winnie is a little traveler girl. She lives in a trailer in the docks area of Dublin with her mother and a few of her nine brothers and sisters. Her father is away, dead or gone. Everyday life is hard, all the more as the council authorities are intent on evicting them. But Winnie is resilient. Just like her combative mother she survives day after day, holds on, keeps hoping without even being aware of it... Written by Guy Bellinger

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11 November 2005 (Ireland)  »

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Flickan i husvagnen  »

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Also selected for the following film festivals:
  • Galway Film Fleadh (2005) Best Feature Film Award

  • Venice Film Festival/ Critic's Week (Sept. 2005)

  • Leeds Film Festival (2005)

  • Festival Cine de Gijon (2005)

  • Mannheim Film Festival (2005) (Rainer Werner Fassbinder Prize/The Ecumenical Jury Prize)

  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Nov. 2005)

  • London Film Festival (2005)

  • 35th New Directors New Films Festival (New York 2006)

  • Buenos Aires 8th International Festival of Independent Films (Argentina,2006)

  • Indie Lisboa (Portugal, 2006)

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Rosie: Boring, isn't it?
Winnie: Yeah.
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By Your Side
Written by Johnny Franz & Bryan Blackburn
Performed by Lennie Peters & Dianne Lee (as Peters and Lee)
Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd
Courtesy of Universal Music
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A Poignant and Realistic Portrayal of the Travellers
31 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw a screening of the film at the DGA on Oct. 28th followed by a Q&A with director Perry Ogden. The film is shot documentary style with real people rather than actors and while it is scripted, there is a lot of improvisation and "real life" activity going on. The girl who is the focal point of the movie is terrific and it is amazing how matter-of-factly she goes about her daily life in a trailer with no running water. To his credit, director Perry Ogden does not delve into the rich versus poor clichés, but presents a very straightforward look at life for a family on the edge of the social system in modern Ireland. The film won top honors at the Galway Film Festival and has been well-received at other festivals as well.

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