The Scholarship

  • The Scholarship

About the Work

Giles Packham wrote the score for the IFTA nominated two-part documentary The Scholarship.

In the heart of Dublin’s north inner city, Belvedere College is one of Ireland’s highly respected educational establishments. A fee-paying private school, it boasts some of Ireland’s most famous names among its ranks of former students – from James Joyce to Tony O’ Reilly to Garret FitzGerald – as well as hundreds of other high achievers from different walks of Irish life.

Director Kim Bartley was granted access to the inner workings of Belvedere College SJ and to the lives and homes of five families who hoped to gain one of their coveted bursaries. The cameras followed all their journeys as they made the transition from primary to secondary school.

The personal stories of The Scholarship – captured on screen over two years – tells a poignant story about Irish education and gives an insight into how one school endeavours to make a difference.

Made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Sound & Vision Fund.

Score for the documentary blended traditional folk guitar with some simple orchestration with elements of minimalist music.

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