The film was one of twelve that competed at the final of the competition, which was held in Fota House, Cobh, on the 9th of June.
This is the latest in a series of wins for O’ Connor and Hickey, who have previously won awards at the Kerry Film Festival (Audience Award 2011) and Fastnet Short Film Festival (Best Comedy 2011), both for the short film ‘Nietzsche No. 5’, and at the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival (Best Comedy Under 5 Mins 2011), for their film ‘Tearing Strips’. O’ Connor’s music video for ‘Conspiracy’ by Echogram also won the award for ‘Sexiest Video’ at and the Irish Music Television Awards 2011.
Set in 1912, ‘Uisce Beatha’ is the true story of Tom, a young man who leaves his home in rural Ireland to cross the ocean on the ill-fated ‘Titanic’. But a night of celebration beforehand results in a twist that will affect Tom’s fate drastically….
Produced by Aideen Wylde, this ambitious film was researched, written, cast, shot and edited in exactly one month, with a total budget of less than 300 euros, an impressive achievement for a film set in 1912.
Filming took place in various stunning locations around County Cork, including Cobh, Riverstown, Glanmire, Ballinhassig, Whitegate and the cliffs of Ballycotton. A key scene was filmed in the famous Castle Inn, on North Main Street in Cork City, and the section where Tom travels to Queenstown was partially shot on the Suir Valley antique railway, in Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford. Locations in Cobh town were scouted out with the aid of Dr. Michael Martin, who runs the popular ‘Titanic Trail’ walking tour of the town.
The film has already been a success on YouTube, where it racked up over 2,000 views in just 3 days.
Director Shaun O’ Connor said: “I was thrilled to have won an award on the night, and delighted to see a fellow Cork filmmaker (Dan O’ Connell) win first prize. I think it speaks volumes for the Cork filmmaking scene that it was so well-represented in what was a heavily-contested nationwide competition.”
The film, along with the team’s other award-winning work is now available to view at www.shaunoconnor.com