Rodney Thompson lived as a hermit for thirty years in a small Connemara cottage, dedicating his life to silence, solitude and prayer.

"The Cloud of Unknowing" is the title of a Middle English anonymous manual on contemplative prayer. This practice dates back to the third century Desert Fathers (and Mothers) - Christian mystics who separated themselves from distractions in order to find God.

The film is constructed from the interplay of formal and thematic dualities: movement and stasis, speech and silence, portrait and landscape, the sky and the ground. In an apparent paradox, the language of cinema is articulated in order to transcend visual and semantic representation.

Director Biography

Mike Hannon works as an independent documentary film maker, and as a freelance documentor for creative sectors and the visual arts. His previous output has encompassed various forms, from conventional TV documentary to experimental work.


The Cloud of Unknowing, 2017, 19 mins
Nominated, Best British or Irish Short Film, London Film Critics' Circle
Panorama of European Film Festival, Cairo
Best Irish Short, Indie Cork, Ireland
IFI DocFest, Ireland
Clifden Arts Festival, Ireland
Still Voices, Ireland

An Illustrated Guide to Lighthouse Spotting, 2015, 28 mins
Dingle International Film Festival, Ireland
Rencontres Internationales Paris / Berlin
Indie Cork, Ireland

Terminal Convention, 2011, 30 mins
Static Gallery, Liverpool
Corona Cork Film Festival, Ireland

Rats Island, 2010, 12 mins
GoShort, Netherlands
Liverpool Irish Festival, UK
Cork Culture Night, Ireland
curt.doc, Girona, Spain
IndieLisboa, Portugal
Gdansk DocFilm Festival, Poland
Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Ireland
Capital Irish Film Festival, Washington D.C.
Made in Cork Award for Best Short Film, Cork Film Festival, Ireland
Camden International Film Festival, Maine, US
Singapore International Documentary Festival
Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK
Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland
Best Documentary and Best Cork Short, Fastnet Short Film Festival,
Project Award, Cork County Council Arts Office

My Beamish Boy, 2009, 25 mins
Cork Culture Night, Ireland
Broadcast on RTE One, Ireland
Fastnet Short Film Festival, Ireland
Chicago Irish Film Festival, US
Project Award, Cork City Council Arts Office,
Made in Cork Award for Best Short Film, Cork Film Festival, Ireland

Evolution of Close Double Stars, 2008, 8 mins
Crash Ensemble, Engage Festival, Bandon, Ireland
Kaleidoscope, Odessa Club, Dublin, Ireland
Night Leaves Breathing, Filmbase, Dublin, Ireland
Sonorities, Belfast, UK
New York Electroacoustic Music Festival, US


  • Best British/Irish Short Nominee,
    London Film Critics' Circle
  • Best Irish Short Award, Indie Cork
  • IFI DocFest
  • Clifden Arts Festival
  • Still Voices