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Film tribute to Derry nun Clare Crockett's dreams of stardom

Documentary: Sr Clare Crockett
Documentary: Sr Clare Crockett
Sister Clare Crockett with her sisters Megan (left) and Shauna
Sister Clare Crockett
Sister Clare with a child in Ecuador
Brett Campbell

By Brett Campbell

A Londonderry actress who gave up her dream of Hollywood to become a nun has finally made it to the big screen two years after she died in an earthquake in Ecuador.

The film All Or Nothing was made by Sister Kristen Gardener (31) as a tribute to her friend Sister Clare Crockett and features footage from 120 interviews conducted with people around the world and relatives here at home.

Speaking in the documentary, Sister Clare's mother Margaret says "everything she done was drama".

"She wanted to go to Hollywood and she was going to be a great star," she adds.

It also features interviews with residents in Playa Prieta who took part in frantic rescue efforts after the building Sister Clare was living in collapsed during the powerful quake that struck on April 16, 2016.

"Suddenly the earthquake happened and the sisters' building fell completely," one eyewitness recalls in the documentary.

"It was as if the four-story building had never existed," another said.

Sister Kristen, originally from Ohio but currently serving in Spain, has travelled to Derry to attend tonight's sold-out screening at the Brunswick Moviebowl.

She believes Clare's remarkable story has the power to transform lives.

"We were all very moved by the number of people who showed interest in Clare's life, I really wanted to make this film and I am so happy at the reaction so far," she said.

The funeral of Sister Clare Theresa Crockett at St Columbas Church, Long Tower in Derry. The 33 years old nun from the Mother Order died in who died in Playa Prieta when a school collapsed when Ecuador suffered from an earthquake on the 16th of April. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 02.05.16
The funeral of Sister Clare Theresa Crockett at St Columbas Church, Long Tower in Derry. The 33 years old nun from the Mother Order died in who died in Playa Prieta when a school collapsed when Ecuador suffered from an earthquake on the 16th of April. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 02.05.16
Sister Clare Crockett
The funeral of Sister Clare Theresa Crockett at St Columbas Church, Long Tower in Derry. The 33 years old nun from the Mother Order died in who died in Playa Prieta when a school collapsed when Ecuador suffered from an earthquake on the 16th of April. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 02.05.16
Sister Clare
The funeral of Sister Clare Theresa Crockett at St Columbas Church, Long Tower in Derry. The 33 years old nun from the Mother Order died in who died in Playa Prieta when a school collapsed when Ecuador suffered from an earthquake on the 16th of April. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 02.05.16
The coffin of Sister Clare Crockett, who was killed in an earthquake in Ecuador, is carried into Long Tower Church in Londonderry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 2, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Nun. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The coffin of Sister Clare Crockett, who was killed in an earthquake in Ecuador, is carried into Long Tower Church in Londonderry. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The funeral cortege of Sister Clare Crockett, who was killed in an earthquake in Ecuador, arrives at Long Tower Church in Londonderry. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The funeral of Sister Clare Theresa Crockett at St Columbas Church, Long Tower in Derry. The 33 years old nun from the Mother Order died in who died in Playa Prieta when a school collapsed when Ecuador suffered from an earthquake on the 16th of April. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 02.05.16

The documentary, which will also be screened in 20 countries to mark the second anniversary of a quake that claimed 400 lives, will be played again on Wednesday night.

"I spent months on my iPad gathering old pictures and videos of Clare and travelled to Ireland to interview her family," Sr Kristen added.

Sister Clare entered the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother after making her vows at the age of 18, a year after her conversion during a pilgrimage in Spain.

It was there she formed a friendship with Kristen who become a nun in the same order.

Sr Kristen said God definitely has a sense of humour and is helping to promote the tribute to her friend, who was epitomised by her "all or nothing" attitude.

"She found true happiness in Him and now He is giving her what she once thought she needed," she said.

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