Connie Corcoran has dedicated his life to the mighty Blackwater River and, over the years, its currents have shaped him.
He is one of Ireland’s great salmon fishing guides, but if the salmon stocks continue to decline, he may be one of its last.
The River Man is a fated love story between a man and a river.
“Richard Gorodecky’s wonderfully shot The River Man is a study of one mans love for a river.”
Critics Choice, The Sunday Times
“The River Man is a fascinating story of one man’s love of the world that speaks to all people about all places.”
John Maguire, Sunday Business Post
“The River Man is a film that makes you proud of Ireland. Films like this are hard come by.”
Eibh Collins, Galway Film Shorts Coordinator
“It was the River Blackwater that first brought me to Ireland. I came to catch a fish, but it seems it was, in fact, me who was caught. And it was on its banks that I first met Connie. We fished together, we drank tea and we talked. It was as though he’d stood in the river for so long that all the hard edges of his character had been washed away, leaving behind a truly gentle man. To be in his company was both educational and therapeutic. I can’t remember if I caught a fish that day or not. But as Connie will tell you, that’s not what it’s all about.
“In The River Man I have tried to capture someone who I regard as a hero. A man who has found absolute harmony within his landscape. The river man has lived a simple life and asked for nothing besides a more conscious approach to fishing and our environment.”