The Blocks

The Blocks is an animated short film made by the Rialto Community Drug Team family support group, Step by Step with artist Gareth Gowran and his small production company Splitting Borders. A group of five local women, led by Joanie Whyte, worked emotionally and creatively on a process to explore the generational impact of addiction on family life. They invited Gareth Gowran into the journey to support them to develop a story and script that would be translated into an animated film. The result is an intimate depiction of life through the eyes and hearts of girls in Dublin sixty years ago.

Director Bio

Gareth Gowran is an illustrator and animator based in Dublin, Ireland. He holds a BA(Hons) Animation Degree from Colaiste Dhulaigh in conjunction with Wolverhampton University, graduated 2018; and a Higher National Diploma in Animation from Ballyfermot College of Further Education, graduated 2014.


  • Directed by:Gareth Gowran
  • Written by:Gareth Gowran, Sadhbh Lawlor, Joanie Whyte, Janet Crawford, Maureen Clancy, Rose Robinson, June Colgan & Margaret Gaffney
  • Produced by:Gareth Gowran, Sadhbh Lawlor, Alan Cleere & Joanie Whyte
  • Runtime:10 mins
  • Completion Date:August 31, 2019
  • Country of Origin:Ireland
  • Country of Filming:Ireland
  • Category:Non-Fiction
  • Selection:TBD
  • Screening Time / Venue:TBD
  • Links: Website

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Official Selection 2020

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 26 June, 2020

Official Selection for Still Voices Short Film Festival 2020 Online Announced.

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Cruinniú na nÓg 2020

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 03 June, 2020

Online Events for Cruinniú na nÓg 2020.

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2020 Submissions Closed

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 01 June, 2020

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