School Life (In Loco Parentis)
Director: Neasa Ni Chianina, David Rane
Cast: John Leyden, Amanda Leyden
Language: English, Spanish with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Ireland-Spain 2016 99 mins. (12A)
Released by Soilsiu Films
John and Amanda Leyden have taught at Headfort, an 18th Century Hogwarts-like boarding school near Kells in the depths of the Irish countryside for 46 years. The camera follows these two inspirational characters who work their magic on the young pupils and offers a cross-section of life at the school. Overseen by the Headmaster, Dermot Dix, who was himself a pupil at Headfort, the atmosphere's hectic, infectious, hilarious, warm and compassionate and is the sort of place that leaves a lasting impression. It's never easy to move on as pupils end their time at Headfort but they'll treasure the memories.