Although ‘Pavee Lackeen’ suggests a culture in crisis, there’s nothing didactic or awkwardly anthropological about Ogden’s tender film. While he hints at problems faced by the traveller community, from decent housing to suitable education, his focus is Winnie. It’s her whom Ogden follows as she wanders about the local shops or applies make-up before a night out. He gives the Maughans much room for manoeuvre and allows them to riff freely on his script. As such, their dialogue is fresh and credible, and there’s a pleasing sense of vérité (Ogden cites as influences Alan Clarke and the Dardennes). There’s no real story as such, rather a series of loosely connected events that together offer a window on a way of life and Ogden’s admirable sympathy as a director.
Cast and crew
Mary Kate Maughan