Here is a short film I made about the Blasphemy Legislation in Ireland. The legislation came into effect on January 1st 2010. This event, along with Atheist Ireland's publishing of 25 blasphemous quotations was reported widely outside of Ireland, but the Irish media have shown very little interest to date.
Some notes on the film: I wrote the script using quotes either from Irish politicians speaking in the houses of parliament (oireachtas) or through the media or in email communications directly with me. The film was shot on the spur of the moment as an actor friend was visiting my wife and I. We shot against green-screen in our spare-room with the actors reading off cue-cards as we had no time to rehearse or learn lines. Also, yours truly here very cleverly had the wrong attenuation setting on the camera so I created a vicious buzzing sound on the audio track, remnants of which have stubbornly survived to the final cut. My apologies to one and all for that one!
**Updated 12.01.2010** Many Thanks to Vlad Tepes for all of his hard work on the sound issues. 'The Kindness of Strangers' is alive and well. Check him out at vladtepesblog.com **Ends**
So, please bear in mind that this was more of an impassioned exercise in raising awareness in this ridiculous impingement on the free speech of all residents of, and visitors to, Ireland - than an exercise in achieving prize-wining production quality.
On that note, I give you - "Everybody Knows What Blasphemy Is"
Keep the Faith