New York City, 1932. America is in the throes of the Great Depression, the huge influx of Italian, Irish, and Jewish immigrants has led to unprecedented urban expansion.
A photograph "Lunch atop a Skyscraper," is taken during the construction of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. In it, eleven workmen taking their lunch break while casually perched along a steel girder – boots dangling 850 feet above the sidewalk, Central Park and the misty Manhattan skyline stretching out behind them.
For 80 years, the identity of the eleven men – and the photographer that Immortalized them – remained a mystery: their stories, lost in time, subsumed by the fame of the image itself. But then, at the start of the 21st century, the photograph finally began to give up some of its secrets.
A DOCUMENTARY BY SEÁN Ó CUALÁIN
NARRATED BY FIONNULA FLANAGAN
FUNDED BY TG4, BORD SCANNÁN NA hÉIREANN & ÚDARÁS CRAOLACHÁIN NA hÉIREANN
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS MÍCHEÁL Ó MEALLAIGH TG4 & ALAN MAHER BSÉ
EDITOR DÁITHÍ CONNAUGHTON
WRITER NIALL MURPHY
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY RÉAMONN MAC DONNACHA
COMPOSER MIKE McGOLDRICK
ADDITIONAL EDITING JOHN MURPHY
POST PRODUCTION KILLIAN FITZGERALD
PICTURE GRADE JOHN TALBOT
PRODUCER EAMONN Ó CUALÁIN
65 MIN..ENGLISH / 52 NOIMÉAD LEAGAN GAEILGE
COLOR, PAL, ALL REGIONS 2013