Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane / 99’ / 2017 / Irlanda, España

Direction: Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane
Production: David Rane (Soilsiu Films production)
Co-producers GRISMEDIO -TVE: Angelo Orlando, Montse Portabella, Efthymia Zymvragaki, Andrés Luque Perez
Editing: Mirjam Strugalla
Cinematography: Neasa Ní Chianáin
Sonido: Reto Stamm
Original Music: Eryck Abecassis

This observational documentary follows a year in the lives of two inspirational teachers in the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. Headfort, a school not unlike Hogwarts with its 18th century buildings, secret doors and magical woodlands has been home to John and Amanda Leyden for 46 years and a backdrop to their extraordinary careers.

NEASA NÍ CHIANÁIN started directing documentaries in 2001 with No Man’s Land, a critically acclaimed film about the asylum process in Ireland. She has directed television docs, short docs and three feature documentaries including the award-winning Irish Film Board funded feature length observational documentary, Frank Ned & Busy Lizzie, which won Best Feature Documentary at The Celtic Film Festival 2004, and was sold to broadcasters around the world.


DAVID RANE is a BAFTA-winning producer and director, who over the last 20 years has produced many award-winning documentary films for national and international broadcasters, a number of animated films, and a number of short fiction films. His company, Soilsiú Films, have had their work screened in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Taiwan, Finland, the United States, New Zealand and more. Soilsiú Films received EU MEDIA Programme Single Project funding in 2002 and 2010, and Slate funding support in 2005 and Creative Europe Development funding in 2012 and 2014.