Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Irish Writer takes Silver at the New York Radio Awards 2012

Three Rivers - One Summer

Ger Philpott's Radio Documentary (RTE Radio 1), featured on this blog last November, has won Silver at the New York Radio Awards.

In reality this is no surprise. It is an amazing documentary, telling a wonderful true life story documenting Ger's willingness to take up a deathbed challenge from his father.  The documentary gives us insights into his father's life via recollections, old love letters sent to Ger's mother, and fantastic music.  (See full details below)

I met Ger via the Irish Writers Centre. He is a remarkable man, and I have always found his company to be interesting, insightful, engaging and witty - plus he is a darn good cook, and absolutely a man willing to take up a challenge!


Listen to Podcast HERE of 'Three Rivers - One Summer'

Ger Philpott is an award winning screenwriter and filmmaker. He writes for the print media, radio, screen and TV. His work includes the prizewinning short films, Change and An Turas. He is the author of the best-selling book on AIDS, Deep End. He works as a writer, director, radio producer and freelance journalist. A keen gardener and accomplished cook he lives in Dublin. He is a current Irish Masters swimming record holder and breeds and exhibits Champion Weimaraner dogs.

Introduction to Three Rivers - One Summer

Both Ger Philpott's parents died within three months of each other. This documentary celebrates their lives. The Philpott's are a swimming family - both Ger and his Dad swam competitively at Masters level internationally - in fact they made a bit of swimming history in the mid eighties when they both won gold medals at the same international competition in Rome.

Shortly before his dad died, he asked Ger to swim the Lee this summer. He climbed back into the pool two days after his Dad was buried to train for the event - a former competitive swimmer, if he was to do it he'd have to do it right! Two of his brothers also did the Lee swim in his honour. For Ger, working his way back to fitness was an antidote to grief.

The swim quickly grew into three rivers - the Hudson in NYC last May, the Lee in Cork in July and the Liffey in Dublin last September. The journey of the rivers was a joyous, bittersweet affair.

Three Rivers tells the story of a journey through grief and Ger and his siblings love of their parents. In a sense it's their love story with them intertwined with their own love story. It features love letters Ger's dad wrote to his Mum when they were courting - he was living in war time Britain at the time. It also features some of their music from down the years - Mario Lanza, John Mc Cormack, Doris Day, Ry Cooder, Patrick Watson etc etc... They also managed to capture some unique underwater sound and atmosphere during the making of the programme which features actuality form NYC, Cork and Dublin. 

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