Cork International Film Festival Roundtable: In this Film Ireland podcast, Gemma Creagh talks to 3 filmmakers, David Prendeville (Sins of a Werewolf), Edwina Casey, (Algorithm) and Maureen O’Connell (Hum), about their short films screening at this year’s Cork International Film Festival.
The films are available to watch on the online Virtual Festival platform from 9 – 15 November 2020.
Podcast: Cork International Film Festival Roundtable
Sins of a Werewolf (David Prendeville)
When a seasoned parish priest is bitten by a mysterious animal, he begins transforming into a werewolf every full moon. The ensuing bloodshed leads to a resurgence in Mass attendances from fearful locals, much to the delight of his senior colleagues.
Sins of a Werewolf screens from 9th – 15th November 2020 as part of Irish Shorts 3: Eerie Irelandia at the Cork International Film Festival.
Algorithm (Edwina Casey)
When nervy Al has an absurd encounter with a stranger, he begins to question his whole identity. A cautionary tale for our digital future.
Algorithm screens from 9th – 15th November 2020 as part of Irish Shorts 4: Tension Structures at the Cork International Film Festival.
Hum (Maureen O’Connell)
Following a heated discussion with his partner, Tim seeks refuge in an empty gallery space. He prays for silence and solitude. However, his prayers are ignored, as gallery regular Cecil takes him on an abstract journey of interaction and appreciation.
Hum screens from 9th – 15th November 2020 as part of Screen Ireland Shorts at the Cork International Film Festival.
David Prendeville is a filmmaker based in Dublin, originally from County Kerry. He holds an M. Phil in Film Theory and History from Trinity College Dublin. He has worked in a variety of roles in the film industry since graduating from college. Sins of a Werewolf’ marks his debut as writer-director.
Edwina Casey recently won the Bingham Ray New Talent Award at the Galway Film Fleadh 2020 in association with Magnolia Pictures (USA). She studied directing at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, then earned her stripes working in opera before moving into screen. Earlier in 2020 she won the Ireland section at JETS Pitching competition during the Berlin Film Festival. She is a 35mm enthusiast and say spent most of lockdown taking pictures from her balcony – like a paranoid James Stewart in Rear Window. Her debut feature film is slated to shoot in early 2021.
Maureen (‘Mo’) O’Connell is an actor & filmmaker from Dublin and Wicklow, Ireland. (I am one person, I swear.) Maureen has a Diploma in Film Production from Ballyfermot College, Dublin and a BA in Acting from RADA, London. While at RADA, she won the Henry Marshall Award for outstanding acting in her 2nd year of training.
Some of Maureen’s acting credits are: BBC1’s Father Brown; UK Tour of Juno & the Paycock as ‘Mary’; Trafalgar Studio’s critically acclaimed West End Production of A Handful of Stars as ‘Linda’.Some of Maureen’s short films are award-winning Proclaim, YDA Award nominated Girls, and her newest short, Hum.
Maureen directed and starred in no-budget feature film, SPA Weekend. It is co-written by Maureen & Karl Argue. SPA Weekend has won a number of awards on its festival journey, including the “She is on Fire” Award from the Female Filmmakers Film Festival Berlin, the Festival Director’s Choice Award from the Unrestricted View Film Festival, London & Best International Feature Film at the Polish International Film Festival 2020. It has been nominated as a Finalist at the upcoming Cardiff International Film Festival end of November 2020.
Maureen has been selected with co-writer Gemma Creagh for Screen Ireland’s Spotlight Scheme to develop her short film Girls into feature film Fair Game.
Maureen is the festival director of the Dublin International Comedy Film Festival.