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THE TRAVELLER GIRL
aka PAVEE LACKEEN
UK: Verve Pictures
Cast: Winnie Maughan, Rose Maughan, Rosie Maughan, Paddy Maughan, Michael Collins, Helen Joyce, Abbie Spallen, Brian Dignam, Martin Maughan, Kate Maughan, James Maughan, Bonnie O'Brian, Sharon Jones, Elaine Collins, Sheila Collins, Julie Collins, Michael James Collins, Sheila Collins, Marie Joyce, Margaret Joyce, Joe Joyce, John Joyce, Patrick Joyce, Melissa Joyce, Philomena Joyce, Diana Joyce, Bernard Joyce, John Joyce, Margaret Joyce, Elaine Joyce, Sheila Joyce, Catherine Joyce, Marie Joyce, Chris Joyce, Sharon Joyce, John Joyce, Annie Joyce, Michael Joyce, Michael Ward, James O'Reilly, Teresa Joyce, Kathleen Maughan, Margaret Maughan, Bridget Maughan, Ria Maughan, Lisa Maughan, Eilish Whelan, Jacqui Caulfield, Deeke Rivers, Willie Cawley, Bronwyn Thompson, Nell Maughan, Donna Maughan, Ericka Saltenete, Rachel Freeman, Tara Crooke, Lisa Tighe, Linda Balogun, Uyi Oghobaghose, Joy Austin, Angel, Balaram Das, Viswambhar Das, Moksa Rupa Dasi, Satya DD, Sai Rupa Das, Madhava Smullen, Hui Sang, Peter Ho, Alan Lien, Michael Chang, Yap Wai Ling, Ken Lien, Nick Choy, Gerry Zhao, Dr Emer Keeling, Abbie Spallen, Creona O'Connor, Patrick Cawley, Thomas Cawley, Willy Price, Joseph McDonnell, Ciaran McMahon, Nicky Murphy, John Dooley, Gerry O'Brien, Simon Duffy, Joss Ivaneiue, Oonagh Ryan, Thomas Cawley, Hannah Cawley, Mary Maughan
Director: Perry Ogden
UK: 88 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and substance abuse
UK Release Date: 10 March 2006 (Limited Release - wider)
UK Release Date: 17 February 2006 (Limited Release - London)
THE TRAVELLER GIRL aka PAVEE LACKEEN presents an unflinching portrait of a marginalised community often living in Third World poverty in a modern, prosperous Ireland. Filmed with a cast of mostly non-professionals, the film uses Travelling people playing characters near to their own, finding the core of the story in their own life experiences.
It tells the story of Winnie, a 10 year-old Irish Traveller girl, who lives with her mother and siblings in a dilapidated trailer on the side of the road in a desolate industrialised area of Dublin. The film follows Winnie through several weeks of her life as she struggles with her identity as a young Traveller girl in contemporary Ireland.
The Travelling people of Ireland maintain a culture and language which sets them apart from the rest of the population, and have been the victims of much misunderstanding and prejudice that continues to this day.
Dispelling existing stereotypes, THE TRAVELLER GIRL is an intimate portrait of a resilient and spirited young girl and her proud, dignified family struggling day by day against faceless bureaucracy, poverty and prejudice.