Background story

"I was inspired to start making these short documentary films when I was on a roadtrip back in 2011. I had decided to leave Norway and start a new life somewhere else, but I didn’t know where. So I decided to do an experiment based on this quote I had found: “Every journey has a secret destination that the traveler doesn’t know about”. And so the plan was to not have a plan, and just set out on a road trip following my heartbeat, and then see where I´d end up. I also decided to video record everything...

 

I have to add that first I sold pancakes in the street for about a year to save up for my van (the dragon wagon), and then I drove off into the world. I made my way through Denmark, Holland, Scotland, and England, selling pancakes and singing in the street. And then, for some reason, I got this really strong feeling that I should get on the boat to Ireland...

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And on my first day in Ireland, I was driving around looking for a place to park, when this man came up to me and asked if I was lost. I said no, not really, I just need a place to park. And then he pointed to this laneway, (off Thomas Street in Dublin 8) and said I could park there for free. But it was kind of narrow, and my van got stuck, and I ended up reversing my van into the wall…

 

And I crashed my backlight, and was swearing to myself, when suddenly, I saw this horse coming out of the wall (?!) I didn´t understand what the horse was doing there, but for some reason I was filled with this feeling of freedom and love. So I ran over to the horse, and soon I was surrounded by this group of 15 year old boys. And there was one older guy who asked if I wanted to come for a spin, and he took me round the block with a horse and two-wheeler, dodging buses and cars! And when we came back, he showed me the stables, and there were actually 5 horse yards and about 20 horses, hidden behind the walls, right in the middle of the city! And from that day on I was hooked. I kept going back to this laneway (“the Lane”) with the horse yards almost every day, and I played my music for them, and they let me get up on the horses. And the whole time I was filming as much as I could, because I felt I just had to show this laneway with the horses and the boys to the whole world…

After about a month of hanging out in "the Lane" I decided to get a flat and stay in Dublin. And a few months later, I got my own horse, Danu, and now I was jockeying round the streets every day. And I felt happy, like I’d found my secret destination…

I ended up filming the horses and boys in Dublin 8 for over two years, which eventually resulted in the short musical documentary, "No Plan - a song about a horse yard in Dublin" (2016). The film won the award for best short documentary at the Irish Film Insitute´s Documentary Film Festival in 2017. I´ve made several other short musical films, both in Ireland and Norway, but it was in this laneway in Dublin it all started. And it was these boys who inspired me to call my production company, Up Your Hole Productions." - Kristin Vollset (aka The Musical Slave)

 

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