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Housed in an 18th century estate, school life at Headfort embraces tradition and modernity. For John, rock music is just another subject alongside Math, Scripture and Latin, taught in a collaborative and often hilarious fashion. For his wife Amanda, the key to connecting with children is the book, and she uses all means to snare the young minds. For nearly half a century these two have shaped thousands of minds, but as John and Amanda ponder retirement, the film poses a quietly profound question: Will their intimate and caring cultivation of future generations live on, or will it vanish like so many community-centered practices?



Amanda Leyden
John Leyden
Headmaster Dermot Dix
And the students of Headfort School, including:
Eliza, Florrie, Ted, Megan, Charlie & Olivia


Director: Neasa Ní Chianáin
Co-Director: David Rane
Producer: David Rane
Cinematographer: Neasa Ní Chianáin
Sound Recordist: David Rane
Editor: Mirjam Strugalla
Sound Design: Reto Stamm
Composer: Eryck Abecassis
Co-Producers: Angelo Orlando, Montse Portabella, Efthymia Zymvragaki

Date for DVD release subject to change.