To celebrate the first anniversary of QFT Player's launch we are delighted to welcome back Yellowstone, a short documentary directed by Éanna Mac Cana and funded by Northern Ireland Screen. Available to watch for free from Fri 2 April.
Yellowstone is a moving account on the life cycle of a place, its reason for being; the changing facade of a landmark building in the City of Belfast – a hospital that evolved from a humble 6 bed unit for the sick of the city’s workhouse to a 900 bed university teaching hospital.
For the director, Yellowstone is a labour of love and he beautifully interweaves his own personal history into a story recounting the birth and death of his infant sibling who came before him in the hospital’s Jubilee Maternity Unit. This particular building would be demolished and replaced by the Cancer Centre - a place with which the filmmaker would become familiar during his time spent as an in-patient during the summer of 2017.
Revealing both communal and personal history and insight, Yellowstone harbours a deep awareness for the future with an urgent statement for our time; a recognition that many chronic issues the hospital has suffered from over time, find relevance today. Yellowstone is a work interwoven with themes of beginnings, endings, life and death and ultimately of hope.
You can watch a version with optional Irish subtitles here: https://youtu.be/5Bk21t-sf-s
Dir: Éanna Mac Cana | 2020 | Northern Ireland | 26 mins