Galway UNESCO City of Film with Galway Film Centre, in association with the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM) in NUI Galway and Science Foundation Ireland recently selected two projects as part of the Science on Screen 2016 commissions including ‘Mending Legends’.
‘Mending Legends’ explores the physical and psychological impact of tendon injuries amongst athletes and will visit the team of Galway-based scientists who are trying to design a new type of tendon implant – in the form of the world’s first 3D cell assembled tendon prototype. Sports fanatic and seasoned sports presenter, Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill, will present a number of informative interviews with scientists involved in this field of research and through the personal experiences of amateur and professional sports people. Contributors include Galway footballing legend, Pádraic Joyce, former Ireland and Munster rugby player, Denis Leamy, and London 400 metre relay runner and London 2012 Olympian, Jessie Barr.
This documentary will highlight the progressive attitudes towards scientific research in Ireland – and what it could mean to the world of sport.
Mending Legends is Directed by Paul Webster. Most recently, Paul directed ‘Let Those Blues In’, which had its premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh in July 2015 and was the winner of Best Short Documentary in association with RTE at The Sky Road Film Festival, Clifden, Co. Galway in October 2015. Paul is also a previous ‘Físín’ award winner from the Dingle International Film Festival. James Ryan of County Galway-based StationHouse Media is producing Mending Legends. James has previously worked freelance as Co-Producer on TG4’s Garraí Glas, as well as Production Manager on the IFTA-winning Fleadh TV coverage and on numerous documentary series, such as ‘Guth’, ‘Mobs Cheanada’, and ‘Éalú’.
This 26 minute documentary will premiere at the Galway Science & Technology Festival in November 2016, in conjunction with SFI’s National Science Week. The screening will take place in An Taibhdhearc Theatre on Saturday 19th November.