The Creators Project Premieres U2-Inspired Film, ‘Every Breaking Wave’
Today (Feb. 12), the Creators Project premieres Every Breaking Wave, a short film based on the U2 song of the same name. The flick was directed by fellow Irishman Aoife McArdle and is is built around themes of emotional abandon and the uncertainty of romantic relationships.
The film is set on the streets of early 1980s Northern Ireland and follows two teenagers -- one Catholic and the other Protestant -- who fall in love amidst ongoing violence. At the film's emotional core are two songs from U2's Songs of Innocence album, "Every Breaking Wave" and "The Troubles."
"I wanted to make a film about what it was like to be a teenager in the early '80s in Northern Ireland. All the different pressures on you, the pressures of friendship, of falling in love for the first time, and all that in the face of huge troubles," McArdie said in a press release. "Violence was inescapable on your doorstep. I remember very vividly what it was like to grow up when there were bombs going off and army everywhere so I did draw on a lot of memories."
"The Aoife McArdle short film expands on the theme of Songs of Innocence, which was largely rooted in our experience growing up in the early eighties in Dublin," said U2 guitarist the Edge. "Aoife chose west Belfast in the same period, as it was the neighborhood that was so formative to her. We think her work is something pretty extraordinary.”
The film also features plenty of foul language and music from Irish punk legends, Stiff Little Fingers. The Creators Project is a global celebration of creativity, arts and technology. Launched in 2009 with Intel as founding partner, the platform features the works of visionary artists across multiple disciplines who are using technology to push the boundaries of creative expression.
Check out Every Breaking Wave in the video above, and let us know what you think about it in the comments section!