This series is a contemporary Irish language supernatural thriller broadcast on TG4 last year, has been chosen from a host of Irish TV drama productions to be selected as the Irish entry in the ‘Drama Series’ category at the Festival.
The Celtic Media Festival is an annual celebration of the best of film, television, radio and digital media from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and the Isle of Man. The event, which will take place in Scotland in April, promotes the richness of Celtic heritage, language and culture.
The standard at the Celtic Media Festival is high, with the event attracting major drama productions from major broadcasters such as BBC, RTE, UTV, TG4 and Channel 4.
The shortlist for the ‘Drama Series’ category at the Celtic Media Festival is:
Na Cloigne ROSG, Ireland
Sherlock Hartswood Films, Wales
Lip Service Kudos Films, Scotland
Single Father Red Production Company, Scotland
Istoriou Breizh Pois Chiche, Brittany
Pen Taler Fiction Factory, Wales
Na Cloigne, which translates as ‘The Heads’, features a young couple at the centre of an investigation into the violent and gruesome murders of two women. Directed by Robert Quinn and produced by Ciarán Ó Cofaigh for ROSG, a Conamara based film and television production company, the series was originally broadcast as a three part series on TG4 early last year and a feature length film version was broadcast on TG4 over Halloween.
The miniseries focuses on the discovery of the naked and decapitated bodies of two young women in the woods. Local artist Nuala (Siobhan O’Kelly) and her adulterous boyfriend Seán (Dara Devaney) find themselves at the heart of the brutal murder inquiry as jealousy, lust and insecurity drives their relationship to breaking point. The programme moves into paranormal territory when the mysterious Superintendent Ó Sé (Barry McGovern) arrives on the scene to try and unravel the murder mystery.
This follows last week’s announcement that Na Cloigne had received six nominations for the upcoming 2011 Irish Film and Television Awards in a variety of categories including ‘Single Drama / Drama Serial’, ‘Director Television’, Writer Television’, ‘Make-Up and Hair’, ‘Original Score’ and ‘Irish Language’.