Jul 27 2017 Posted: 00:00 IST
Galway Film Centre and CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for
Research into Medical Devices are pleased to announce Bittersweet - The Rise
of Diabetes as the recipient of the 2017 Science on Screen Commission.
Bittersweet - The Rise of Diabetes will be a half hour documentary directed by
Hugh Rodgers and produced by both Anna Rodgers and Zlata Filipovic of
Invisible Thread Films. The film captures the health system’s fight to treat the
rising number of diabetic patients, and warn against this troubling epidemic
facing our population, as well as following the personal stories of young people
who are living with diabetes and their daily struggle to manage it.
Over the course of the documentary, as a backdrop to these personal stories,
we also discover the groundbreaking research and development in
pharmacology and biomedical science, capturing the important work of
CÚRAM’s Professor David Brayden and his team at UCD’s Veterinary Hospital,
where they are developing new ways of delivering insulin to the body.
We also gain an insight into the treatment and management of diabetes through
expert clinicians such as Dr. Derek O’Keeffe, Professor Seán Dineen and Mary
Clara O’Hara, who run special weekly clinics for young people, helping them to
manage their condition.
The award of €35,000 for the Science on Screen commission is funded by
CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Medical Device Research in
NUI Galway. CÚRAM is helping to establish Ireland as a global hub of research
expertise in medical device technology. CÚRAM aims to develop affordable,
innovative and transformative device-based solutions to treat global chronic
diseases to radically improve the quality of life for patients living with chronic
The Science on Screen commission scheme was first piloted in 2016 with the
support of Science Foundation Ireland and resulted in the production of two
documentaries Feats Of Modest Valour and Mending Legends. Both
documentaries were premiered in November 2016 in Galway and have gone on
to screen at the Galway Film Fleadh and are due to be broadcast nationally in
Hugh Rodgers is an award-winning director based in Dublin. In 2016 he directed
The Story of Yes, a documentary on the marriage referendum, and it went on to
be nominated for Best Single Documentary at IFTA 2016 and was commended
at the prestigious Radharc Awards 2016. His work is notable for its emotive
quality, finding the personal and engaging stories even within the most
unexpected of topics.
Anna Rodgers is an IFTA award winning director and producer, and has worked
in documentary film and television for over 16 years. She won Best TV Director
at the 2014 IFTAs for her sensitive portrayal of sexuality and disability in the
RTÉ documentary Somebody to Love.
Bittersweet - The Rise of Diabetes will premiere in Galway in November 2017
during the Galway Science & Technology Festival as part of National Science
Full details of screenings will be available through www.galwayfilmcentre.ie and
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