Stunning Equinox film reflects on how communities from Creggan to the Brandywell responded to the arrival of COVID-19 in Derry

A stunning film reflecting on the community response to COVID-19 from Creggan to the Brandywell has proved a massive hit.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 8:45 pm
A projection by Visual Spectrum Studio at Free Derry Wall that features in Equinox.

The uplifting film, entitled Equinox, was released on the weekend of the vernal equinox by the Gasyard Wall Féile.

It has already been watched thousands of times and has been well received by people from across the city and further afield.

"Absolutely amazing so beautiful. Great to remember, great to look forward," was one viewer's verdict.

"A wonderful tribute to our community. Looking forward to better days ahead and opportunities to inspire and nurture our young people," said another.

Other viewers said it was important to highlight the 'brilliant work' that is carried out at a grassroots level within such 'a vibrant, supportive community.’

A spokesperson for the Gasyard Wall Féile said: "The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every community across the globe. A year on from when Derry first entered lockdown, Gasyard Wall Féile worked with Ameila Films to produce a film with residents, groups and organisations from across Creggan and the Brandywell, reflecting on the past twelve months and looking forward to the better times that lie ahead.

"Equinox includes performances from Creggan tenor Danny Wade, Porphyry aka Daryl Martin, Margarette McNamee and St Cecilia’s College students Grace Flood and Sarah Spencer. The film also features a series of light installations and projections by Visual Spectrum Studio at key locations across the neighbourhoods."

The mural of Sister Clare Crockett at the corner of Lecky Road and Deanery Street that was animated for the Gasyard Wall Féile film.

The project was funded by The Executive Office as part of the Communities in Transition project.

You can watch the film at this link:

Margarette McNamee performing in Creggan in Equinox.
Danny Wade with the Brandywell Grotto illuminated as a backdrop.