In Loco Parentis


Latin, Maths, and rock & roll. We discover the magical world of Headfort, the only boarding school in Ireland for children aged 7 to 12.  The school is located in an 18th century mansion evocative of Hogwarts, with secret doors and a huge garden with enchanting hideouts.

John and Amanda met at Headfort, they got married, and for over 50 years they’ve been living in a house near the school. They are the most eccentric and endearing teaching couple you’ve ever seen. Their methods combine the foundations of classical arts subjects with modern fun. We observe their classes for a year and their students’ evolution leaves us in awe.

The Latin expression that makes up the title means “in the parents’ place”. Irish filmmaker Neasa Ní Chianáin goes for a classic narrative that stimulates the imagination of old and young alike.


Neasa Ní Chianáin is an Irish documentary filmmaker, best known for her 2007 film “Fairytale of Kathmandu”. She studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and has been working as a freelance art director on several Irish feature film and television projects for almost 20 years. She has directed “Frank Ned & Busy Lizzie” and “The Stranger”.

David Rane has produced many award-winning documentary feature films, animated films and short fiction films. His company, Soilsiú Films, is a regular recipient of Creative Europe funding. David is the founder and festival director of Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival. He has also worked in “Fairytale of Kathmandu”, “The Stranger” and “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”.

In Loco Parentis | Edition 2017, Festival, Official Section - Panorama

In Loco Parentis

Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane

Ireland, Spain (2016)



Language: English


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