Mia Mullarkey | Ireland 2017 | 14 Min. | OmeU
Derek Devoy has been driving a taxi for 15 years. After rescuing two men from jumping off bridges late one night, in completely separate incidents, Derek realizes that taxi drivers are in a position to help people at their darkest hour. Derek's own experience of depression gives him the insight to set up Taxi Watch, and in no time at all a nationwide movement begins. This award winning short documentary follows taxi drivers in Kilkenny, Ireland, who join together to form a suicide prevention group called Taxi Watch. Uniquely positioned to patrol the night, the drivers keep vigil over the city's streets and bridges and offer help to those who feel forlorn. A throwline is a rope thrown into a river to save a person from drowning. In this short film we accompany the drivers at night and witness their world of rescues and revelations. In joining Taxi Watch the drivers attend SafeTALK course, which is suicide prevention training, to be equipped with how to help someone who is feeling suicidal. The drivers share the simple but powerful idea that asking someone ‘are you ok?’ can save a life. And the numbers how it works. In two years, Taxi Watch spread from Kilkenny to Clonmel, Waterford, Ennis and Mayo, and there were over 140 direct interventions.
In 2011 Mia Mullarkey set up Ishka Films and her films have screened at film festivals worldwide, collecting a number of awards from festivals inclusing Galway Film Fleadh, Aesthetica Film Festival, and UK Film Festival. She has received film grants from the Irish Film Board, Filmbase, the Galway Film Centre, Science Foundation Ireland and the National Lottery Fund.
- Ireland Galway Film Fleadh 2017 "Best Short Documentary"
- Ireland Wexford Documentary Film Festival 2017 Best Short Documentary
- Switzerland Largo Film Awards 2017 Best Short Documentary
- Russia Saratov Sufferings Documentary Drama Film Festival 2017 Special Jury Prize
- Ukraine Rivne International Film Festival 2017 Second Place Best Short Documentary
- Ireland Galway Film Fleadh 2017
- Ireland Wexford Documentary Film Festival 2017
- Switzerland Largo Film Awards 2017
- Russia Saratov Sufferings Documentary Drama Film Festival 2017
- Ukraine Rivne International Film Festival 2017