Train Of Broken Light  'Can you ever walk the same road twice?'  A 27min. documentary produced by Breaking Light Films in association with Twenty4Films and Sugarfly Films, filmed on location in Co. Cork, Ireland and completed in 2012.


The documentary takes us back to the summer of 1975, to retrace the journey of six boy scouts who set out alone on a three-day 30-mile hike.

The narrative follows their original route in search of what is hidden in the ordinary and to discover what it means to return home.

The film explores how experience changes our perceptions of home and how, no matter how often we return to a journey, we never really walk the same road twice.

TRAIN OF BROKEN LIGHT - Trailer from Martin Twomey Media on Vimeo.

Production Notes:

Although the idea started as a stills photography project, I quickly knew I really wanted to see it in moving images. Most of my shooting choices were driven by the visual images I wanted but others originated from the script research. That task took me through hundreds of documents and I learned some things I never knew about my own locality. Only a fraction of the research made it to the final script, but often you need to have a deep grasp of the subject just to inform your choices about the phrasing of a single line.

When we got on location we already knew exactly what we wanted, all the pre-production work on the storyboard and shoot schedule paid off then. It always pays to shoot plenty of B-roll and cut-aways as well of course, some of that stuff produced several of my favourite shots.

The Music

The music is composed and performed by Edel Sullivan from her album 'In The Time Of'.

When I first listened to Edel’s album, I knew straight away that this was the music I wanted on the film. I always felt the music had to have a traditional flavour and be local to Cork, but I really needed it to be able to carry the mood of the film’s narrative.

Edel’s work seems to do this beautifully, I was really lucky with this part of the project and I’m immensely grateful to her for coming on board the project”.

See Edel Sullivan's Biography

The Crew

Writer, Producer & Director: Martin Twomey
London based freelance photographer and film maker.

Executive Producer: Shazia Mirza
Award winning comedian and writer, a columnist for the Guardian, New Statesman and, she tours in the UK and internationally.

Cinematography & Camera: Kara Sweeney
Graduate in film production in UK who has worked in short film location cinematography and editing in UK, Ireland and Taiwan.

Editor, Associate Producer: Nuzhat Jabinh
Graduate of creative arts with experience in production, editing and sound postproduction work on short films.

Research Assistant, Ireland: Sharon Cronin
Film studies graduate at St. John's Central College, Cork.