The Clockmakers Doll, a short film that was awarded funding of €15,000 by Limerick City of Culture in partnership with Behind the Scenes started shooting this week in Bunratty Folk Park and several locations around Limerick City.
Written and directed by Cashell Horgan, the story is set in a fictional world, home to the most unusual collection of automatas created; there lives a clockmaker with his beloved wife. Every second of his day is dedicated to making sure every mechanical instrument in the town functions properly. That is until the day his wife dies. Crazed with despair, the clockmaker attempts to replace his lost love by building ‘the perfect woman’. His passion consumes him as each doll he builds leads to failure. With pressure on him to complete his task before time runs out, he soon realises that the key to the perfect woman is in her heart not her head.
Horgan has an impressive track record, including his production Paddy (2000) which was short listed for Oscar nomination in 2001 and has 5 awards to it’s credit. His first film, Adeste Fideles (1991) was awarded the James Horgan Prize for best animation at the Galway Film Fleadh. He has taught animation and film at the European School of Animation and National Film television School Ireland.
Limerick actor Joe Mullins takes on the role of the Clockmaker. Joe is best known for his role in the IFTA award winning film, Pilgrim Hill by director Gerard Barrett, and Joe also features in Barrett’s Glassland.