Filming began in Dundalk, Co. Louth on Saturday 11th of February on Atrophy, a short film funded by RTE/Galway Film Centre.
Principal photography is now complete and post production has begun.
The story centres on a farmer who loses his way of life, due to a compulsory purchase order (CPO) of his land by the NRA. The farmer Eugene is played by Monaghan native Pat Deery (Leap Year, Puffball).
Also featured are Brian Fortune (Game of Thrones, Derelict), Dave McConnon (Aisling’s Diary) of Drogheda and Alvarro Lucchesi (Mattie, The Count of Monte Cristo) from Dundalk.
The film touches on real themes of social exclusion and the lack of corporate social responsibility, but it does so with wry humour and empathy.
Atrophy was produced by Blackrock, Dundalk based producer Fearghal Duffy, directed by Mairtin de Barra (Tart, The Club) and written by Matt Roche. Director of Photography was Eleanor Bowman (Aisling’s Diary).
Filming was located around Ardee and Dundalk, Co. Louth. Speaking from his office yesterday, Fearghal Duffy said “Louth was the perfect location for us as we found everything we needed within a 10 mile radius of Dundalk. The people of Louth are always very welcoming which makes our job a lot easier, plus for once we had perfect weather.”
Many of the crew and extras were also sourced locally. Atrophy will be broadcast on RTE during the summer and will be submitted to film festivals in Europe, Asia and USA.