'Making Waves'

12 Feb 201539
Today The Creators Project premieres Irish director Aoife McArdle’s Every Breaking Wave, a short film based on the U2 song of the same name.
Set on the streets of early 1980s Northern Ireland, the film is built around themes of emotional abandon and the uncertainty of romantic relationships.  It follows two teenagers, one Catholic and the other Protestant, who fall in love amidst ongoing violence and the film's emotional core is centred around 'Every Breaking Wave' and 'The Troubles,' two tracks from Songs of Innocence.
'I wanted to make a film about what it was like to be a teenager in the early '80s in Northern Ireland.' explains Belfast-born McArdle. 'All the different pressures on you, the pressures of friendship, of falling in love for the first time, and all that in the face of huge troubles. Violence was inescapable on your doorstep. I remember very vividly what it was like to grow up when there were bombs going off and army everywhere so I did draw on a lot of memories.
'I hope people see that it's a story. A story that's based on real stories. It's like capturing a time. And I hope people feel inspired by how resilient teenagers at that time were in Northern Ireland, and moved by their ability to live life in as full a way as possible, despite the circumstances.'

The film is already garnering praise and winning fans. Filmmaker Spike Jonze had not seen McArdle's work previously but 'was really taken' with her film.

'She captured that feeling and size of life of being a teenager and of first love so well. She drifts between the reality of friends and first love into fantasy so effortlessly and romantically. It's a perfect little gem of a romance movie.'
Hotel Rwanda writer/director Terry George says McArdle has pulled off one of the most difficult tasks facing any filmmaker. 'She has taken a Romeo and Juliet romance, set in the back streets and alleyways of Belfast, and created a universal story.
'Aoife has captured the tragedy of our young men and women, so full of life and passion, energy and possibility, being swallowed up by  the destroying rage of poverty, bigotry and repression.'
As for the band, whose song inspired the film, Edge says they find the finished film 'extraordinary'.
'The Aoife McArdle short film expands on the theme of Songs of innocence which was largely rooted in our experience growing up in the early eighties in Dublin.
Aoife chose west Belfast in the same period, as it was the neighbourhood that was so formative to her. We think her work is something pretty extraordinary.'
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Wow, what an incredibly powerful and moving short film. Nicely done all around.
Intense. I'm 55 yrs old, living in The Netherlands.. Fan from way back 1980.. I remember very well the news items in NL about Ireland/ Belfast at the time. (Did I see a 'little' cameo at 27-28 seconds? :-)
Very powerful
Moved to tears
A Fine Film
There is just barely enough time to begin to know and relate with the characters, which is sometimes the case with short films. In a way, its briefness is analogous to how suddenly a life can change or end. Peace of mind is hard to find anywhere. I need to move out of The States and across the Atlantic where smoking cigarettes isn't socially outlawed.
Super Yo
Súper yo!
And The Oscar goes to ....
Just superb
What more can I possibly say???
Much more than a simple video for a single song, it suits both songs perfectly. And the end is very moving. Awesome job, congrats to all people involved.
Avion Espia
It's great!
Great storytelling. Powerful images. The way the music fits through the story is beautiful. Bravo!
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