The Hatch is another short film. We think it’s a Sci-fi. Or Sci-Folk? It was shot over five days on a trawler in West Cork in Ireland a couple of years back. Here is something we wrote about it:
In the summer of 1985 thousands of people across rural Ireland were visiting Marian shrines, some claiming that they saw statues move, or visions, or lights in the sky. The general reasons for this mass phenomenon are unclear. These visits are set against a changing cultural landscape at the time, but that alone does not explain them. We were both under 10 years old during this time and found the idea of moving statues as frightening and intriguing as an episode of the twilight zone. Growing up in rural Ireland you could sneakily watch a pirate VHS of The Fog or Close Encounters Of The Third Kind and then turn on the Irish news to see actual coverage of moving statues. It became hard to differentiate between the two. There is something both small and local and bigger and universally mysterious about this period of time.
This feeling and these ideas inspired the story and the look of The Hatch.