Kicking off our Doclands season (all thanks to Dublin's Doclands Film Festival for the name) is Denis McArdle, whose ten-year-in-the-making debut documentary The Nook has just hits the festival circuit after a very sucessfull showing on Ireland's leading channel RTE. The Nook follows Martin Lysaght, shopkeeper, racconteur, fortune-teller, and generally one of those people who make small communities so lively. Martin, who left a life at sea to run a corner shop in Dublin's coastal village of Booterstown for 35 years, is followed meticulously by Denis McArdle for the eight years leading up to the shop's closure, and then the later rebirth of it as a sort of Tracey Emin created Aladin's Cave of the working's of an old eccentric's mind. It's a wonderfully warm and intimate documentary, filmed across Hi8, 16mm, Super 8mm & Beta, with some unforgetable moments. I met up with Denis at the Cork Film Festival where The Nook was showing, and as well as the film, we talked about the problems facing documentary makers if they want to keep their integrity, as well as the plague of docu-soaps and reality TV.