‘Close to Evil’ wins Best Single Factual at the Celtic Media Awards May 5, 2015

Gerry Gregg’s gripping documentary, Close to Evil won the Best Single Factual category at this years Celtic Media Awards (April 22 -24).

Directed and Produced by Gerry (Praxis Pictures) for RTÉ and the Irish Film Board, full picture and sound post for ‘Close to Evil’ took place here at Screen Scene, where it was Edited by the supremely talented Juangus Dinsmore. Simon Thornton provided the online for the film, with Mark Fitzpatrick handling the audio mix.

The film follows Tomi Reichental, who, in October 1944 at the age of nine,  along with twelve members of his family, was sent to the Bergin-Belsen concentration camp. Despite the horrors endured, Tomi was one of the few to survive. The film follows modern day Tomi’s quest to meet Hilde Michnia, one of the SS Guards who kept him and thousands like him in brutal captivity during the final solution. Ninety one years of age, Hilde is living quietly and alone in Hamburg – a devout Roman Catholic who is popular in her parish. Following an anonymous tip off, Tomi goes in search of her. Along the way he uncovers a dark secret, one that Hilde has long since hidden…

The film, which aired on RTE in September 2014, has been honoured repeatedly on the festival circuit since its release, taking the second place spot in the Best Irish Feature Documentary category at last years Galway Film Fleadh, and winning the audience prize at the 2014 IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival amongst others.

Screen Scene would like to congratulate all the Close to Evil team on their terrific work and well deserved continuing recognition.