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Pyjama Girls

category national | arts and media | press release author Sunday September 19, 2010 20:25author by Pyjamarama Report this post to the editors

Pyjama Girls isn't your typical commerical release. Its a film which deserves a space on Indymedia.

Pyjama Girls, a new Irish documentary by Maya Derrington that examines the lives of two of Dublin’s ‘pyjama girls’, will screen at some of the country’s most prominent cinemas as part of a DIY distribution campaign. The film sold out its week-long run at Dublin’s IFI and was moved from the smallest to the largest screen after one day. IFI director Sarah Glennie says “the film attracted a new audience profile to the cinema – it’s pyjama mania!”

Booking info at:

Vue Liffey Valley Dublin <http://www.myvue.ie/cinemas/index.asp?ci=60>;

The <http://bit.ly/cNgRwh>; Gate in Cork

The <http://www.eyecinema.ie/>; Eye Galway

Cineworld <http://www.cineworld.ie/>; Parnell St. Dublin - from the 24th

Nation-wide with Access Cinema <http://www.accesscinema.ie/>; From October

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It's a phenomenon that began in Dublin and spread far and wide to cities
all around Ireland and in the UK. In a society that seems increasingly
hard to shock, at least when it comes to fashion, public pyjama-wearing in
Ireland stands out as a statement that still generates controversy, often
being viewed as a uniform of anti-social behaviour. Pyjama Girls slips
behind the confrontational facade to provide an intimate portrayal of
Lauren and Tara, two teenagers from Ballyfermot, their families and

“smart and an absolute hoot” Irish Times - 4 stars

“had the audience transfixed from beginning to end” Film Ireland - 4 stars

The film was produced with Irish Film Board funding to a small budget and
the Still Films team were determined to ensure the film was seen by a wide
audience across the country. Sidestepping traditional distribution
methods, they contacted cinemas across the country, who quickly picked up
this surprise documentary hit. Following the runaway success of His and
Hers, pundit Derek O’Connor says “we’re entering a new golden age in Irish
documentary filmmaking”

Cinemas that have picked up the film include Dublin’s Vue, (Liffey Valley)
and Cineworld (Parnell St.), The Gate in Cork, The Eye in Galway, plus
Pyjama Girls can be seen through Access Cinema around the country. Full
details at www.stillfilms.org

Producer Nicky Gogan says “It was always our intention to distribute our
films and after such great reviews and sell out audiences at the IFI we
knew Pyjama Girls was the perfect title to kickstart our distribution

For further information and interview requests contact: Alison Crosbie at
Still Films Tel: 0861716190 email: Alison@darklight.ie

Caption: Embedded video Vimeo

author by R Van Winkelpublication date Sun Sep 19, 2010 23:16author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I wonder whether it did in fact start in Dublin. This Sunday Times article from August 30, 2009 about the making of this film does make the claim-
"The practice of wearing sleepwear in public first emerged in Dublin in the early 2000s and has become increasingly popular in some economically disadvantaged areas of the city. It has now spread to other Irish cities and been reported in Liverpool and Manchester."
Life's just a pyjama party for city girls
Jan Battles and Stephen Dunne

However this comment (February 2, 2010) on the fashionpolice.net site suggests it has been going on longer-
"...and I have been forced to see it for at least a decade here in Canada"

Anyway, it seems the fashion police have been busy on the issue. As part of the moral panic Tesco finds itself in the equally doubtful company of the government of Shanghai-
January 29, 2010
Pyjama-wearing ban spreads from Cardiff to Shanghai
Raf Sanchez, Jane Macartney and Lucy Bannerman

It was being discussed in Dublin as far back as 2006-

Back around 1998 or so a man who worked with me wore his pyjama top to work because all his shirts were in the laundry.

author by Teenagerpublication date Sat Sep 25, 2010 00:20author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Walking down the street in a pin striped suit and and a briefcase is ancient 20th century boring.
We Cyber Generation dress and tatoo ourselves differently to old fogies from the 20th Centuy.

author by old codgerpublication date Sat Sep 25, 2010 01:09author address author phone Report this post to the editors

would be interested in seeing that film,there are a lot local films that get overlooked,some of the best films i have seen are locally produced,and don't have the big names attached to them..

author by Mr Manpublication date Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:18author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"We Cyber Generation dress and tatoo ourselves differently to old fogies from the 20th Centuy."

Oh yes, you are SOOOO original. Get off it, that is the most cliched line ever. Rock and roll era - rebelling against the pin stripe life. Hippie movement -rebelling against the pin stripe life. Punk. Heavy metal. Dance. Mods. Skinheads. Teddy boys. Goths. Emo.

What happens to all these people when they get older? Suits.

author by beethoven freakpublication date Sat Sep 25, 2010 12:40author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Yeah, punks and other pop groups rebel against bourgeois society every now and again. Some impressionable left theoreticians mention them in analytic articles about the struggle against bourgeois oppression - and the record producers, pop stars and flimflam boys smile at their wealth from the industry. Nothing changes. The ageing rockers wear suits, as somebody said. And live in castles. The Donovans, Mick Jaggers, and Beatles have given the acquisitive society the two-finger sign and worn their hearts upon their sleeves and been well rewarded.

The cynicism of the 'protest song' culture of the 1960s was well satirised by comedian Tom Lehrer with these lyrics:-

We are the Folk Song Army.
Everyone of us cares.
We all hate poverty, war, and injustice,
Unlike the rest of you squares.

If you feel dissatisfaction,
Strum your frustrations away.
Some people may prefer action,
But give me a folk song any old day. etc. etc.

If you won't give them socialism give them a song and a dance.

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