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In Loco Parentis tells the story of Headfort, the last remaining boarding school for primary age children in Ireland. The 18th Century Hogwarts-like estate with its grand reception rooms, long corridors and secret doors, is quaintly incongruous with the ultra-modern teaching of the brilliant band of idiosyncratic teachers, many of whom live on the school estate.
The teachers’ passion is to ignite the creative core of their young wards... with rock music and explosive chemistry, with horse riding and current affairs, and to answer the ubiquitous question young children ask - what if…? The observational documentary shot over twelve months tracks the progress of this “extended family” as the Headfort surrogate parents work together to guide the 7 to 13 year olds through their last precious days of childhood.
DIRECTORS : Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane
PRODUCERS : David Rane, Angelo Orlando, Montse Portabella
PHOTOGRAPHY : Neasa Ní Chianáin, Eleanor Bowman and Tristan Monbureau