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Rules of the Road

Rules of the Road

They're called "Tinkers" - occasionally Gypsies or Travellers. The Tinkers of Ireland are fervent Catholics, and perform itinerant chores others find beneath their dignity. One market niche they've discovered is the "recycling" of cables. After acid strips away the worthless cable mantling, the inner conductors can be sold to dealers as scrap. This is a health endangering effort as most of the Tinkers burn away the PVC covering and therefore inhale the toxic dioxin fumes released. Although the Tinkers have not learned any trade, often can neither read nor write, over the years they have evolved specific living ans survival strategies: as nomads of the industrial age they travel the same cross country circuit year in, year out. Most Tinkers spend the winter in Ireland and travel across England during the summer.


Oliver Herbrich was born in Munich 1961 and made his feature film in 1979/80, Das stolze und traurige Leben des Mathias Kneissl, in his last year at school. He then studied at the Academy of Television & Film (HFF) in Munich, making documentaries like Dead Heart (Totes Herz, 1983) and Auf der Suche nach El Dorado (1985). He received the Best Male Actor award at the Moscow Film Festival in 1985for his first 35mm feature film Wodzeck. His other films are Die Welt jenseits der Welt (1986), Der Al Capone von Donaumoos (1986), Bikini - mon amour (1987), Erdenschwer (1989), Der grosse Horizont (1990/91), Priester der Verdammten (1992) and Rules of the Road (1994).
Category Documentary
Director Oliver Herbrich
Screenplay Oliver Herbrich
Cinematography Jan Betke
Uwe Klimmeck
Johnny Collins
Cast Nelly McInerney, Mikeen McCarty, Sam Power
Producer Oliver Herbrich
Production Companies Oliver Herbrich Filmproduktion/Munich, geißendörfer film- und fernsehproduktion/Cologne
Length 82 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
 English
Subtitled Version French
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Hof 94, Los Angeles 94, Cork 94, Amsterdam 94, Munich Film Award 94

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