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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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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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Written & Performed by Gilbert O'Sullivan
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of Grand Upright Music Ltd
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An inside view of an Irish Traveller family
31 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A documentary-style snapshot of the life of a Traveller family in the docks area of Dublin. (Travellers are the Irish equivalent of Roma gypsies, but those two groups have entirely different histories.) A resilient mother and her ten children occupy trailers, or caravans as the Brits call them, on land owned by the local council. The film primarily follows Winnie, a ten year daughter, but the mother also plays an important role as she fights eviction notices and tries to improve the live of her children. Issues of discrimination, difficulties with the authorities and a social security net that, while well intentioned, can do little for the family are topics that permeate the film. Members of the family and their neighbors play themselves, while actors take up non-Traveller roles. The director should be commended for integrating professionals and non-professionals into a seamless whole.

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