A CLAREMAN’S obsession with rally driving is set to be showcased on the international stage in the next year, thanks to a documentary ﬁlm that’s being shot about the Clare Stages Rally.
Miltown Malbay man Eddie Cogan is the subject of the documentary called ‘Fast Eddie’ that ﬁlmmaker Neil Hynes says “follows a man’s passion for the sport and a dream to win the Clare Stages Rally” – the ﬂagship motor race in the county that takes place this coming September.
The idea was born when Hynes, who also hails from Miltown Malbay, discovered Cogan’s passion for the sport of rallying ﬁve years ago and made a short ﬁlm about his preparations for an event.
“I decided to come back again and do a bigger production by following the adventures of a man, as he deals with life and prepares a car and himself for the Clare Stages competition.
“The ﬁlm is not just about the motor sports; it’s an observation of the people involved in it and what makes them tick.
“The ﬁlm follows Cogan’s pursuits in the run up to the event. His workplace and private life are all in the mix as we get to see a man wheel and deal, beg and borrow for a chance to try and ﬁnish ﬁrst,” he added.
Hynes has put together an experience and varied production team for the documentary. His cameraman is Polish native Domink Koisci, who performed camera work on the Rubberbandits hit video ‘Horse Outside’.
Others involved are Miriam Garcia Mortell, who was production assistant on the Pat Shortt ﬁlm ‘Mattie’ and Ronan Cassidy is on sound, having just produced a documentary on the rugby scene in Limerick that has aired both in Ireland and America.
“It’s heading for ﬁlm festivals once it’s completed and we hope to secure distribution both here and abroad,” said Mr Hynes.