‘Doc McStuffins’ Wins Peabody Award

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Doc McStuffins, an animated series produced in Dublin by Brown Bag Films for Disney Junior, has won a Peabody Award for Children’s Programming.

The Peabody Awards, housed at University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, podcasters, producing organizations and individuals. The 18-member Peabody Board is a distinguished panel of television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts. The awards will be presented at a red-carpet ceremony on May 31st.

Doc McStuffins follows a girl who communicates with and heals stuffed animals and broken toys out of her backyard playhouse clinic. The series premiered on Disney Junior on March 23, 2012 where it broke ratings records to instantly become the number one preschool show on U.S. cable television.


‘The Day Henry Met’ Wins Pulcinella Award


The Day Henry Met?, Wiggleywoo’s preschool animation, has won the Best European Work at the Cartoons on the Bay Pulcinella Awards.

The Day Henry Met is the story of 4-year-old Henry, who meets a new person every day. The series has already sold to RTÉjr, Nick Jr, TVO Canada, YLE Finland, and SVT Sweden

The 18th edition of the festival took place from April 16th to 18th in Venice.


The full list of winners:

TV Series for PreschoolFriends (Amigos)

TV Series for PreschoolThe Owl & Co (La Choutte & Cie)

TV Series for TweensGypsy Tales (Cigánymesék)

Interactive AnimationEvolve

Educational and Social Issues WorkBroken Branches (Anafim Shvurim)
To let old memories of Diaspora come again to life telling a true and difficult story in a very touching way

TV PilotIvan And The Wolf (Iwan Und Der Wolf)

Advertising and Promotional WorkClean Up The World (Puliamo Il Mondo)

Short FilmAutumn Leaves (Premier Automne)

Best European WorkThe Day Henry Met

Best Character – Tereza from Boles

Best MusicGypsy Tales (Cigánymesék)



‘Song of the Sea’ Wins at Tokyo Anime Award Festival


Tomm Moore’s Oscar nominated Song of the Sea has won the Grand Prize at the second Tokyo Anime Award Festival. The full list of winners below:

Feature Film Competition

Grand Prize – Song of the Sea– Dir. Tomm Moore, Ireland

Best Film Award – Mune – Dir. Alexandre Heboyan, Benoit Philippon, France
Tokyo Metropolitan Governor Prize – Song of the Sea– Dir. Tomm Moore, Ireland

Short Film Competition

Grand Prize – We Can’t Live Without Cosmos. – Dir. Konstantin Bronzit, Japan

Best Film Award – Bang bang! – Dir. Julien Bisar
Beach Flags – Dir. Sarah Saidan
Special Jury Prize – My Stuffed Granny – Dir. Effie Pappa
Tokyo Metropolitan Governor Prize – We Can’t Live Without Cosmos. – Dir. Konstantin Bronzit, Japan
The Audience Choice Award – Sicigorousawa un Cironnop – Dir. Sugihara Tune


‘Spider’s Trap’ Success at Indiefest


Irish film noir Spider’s Trap, written and directed by Alan Walsh, has won the Award For Excellence at The Indiefest Film Awards in Los Angeles, California.

Produced by Bootstrap Films Ltd and Blackhorse Film Productions, Spiders Trap tells the story of Jack Spider who longs for the day when he can escape from prison and rob one more jewellery store.

He can’t do it alone. He needs the Black Wall Gang to get back together. Time has passed when he “gets out” and people have moved on. Jazzer is the family man (6 kids and another on the way) and Steve Wilson has a real future as a musician. He has a kid. A record producer has offered Steve the deal of a lifetime. Spider has other ideas for Steve. He kidnaps Amy and Sharon and forces Steve back to a life of crime for one night. The Black Wall Gang are back.

Will Steve make it to the record company offices to sign the deal? Will he return to a life of crime or will he live happily ever after.




Moe Dunford Awarded Shooting Star


Irish actor Moe Dunford was among the ten actors who received a Shooting Stars award at this year’s Berlinale.

The Awards ceremony was hosted by the star of this year’s Competition entry Knight of Cups, Natalie Portman. This internationally acclaimed actress presented all ten actors with an individual Shooting Star award, warmly offering her congratulations on their achievements – and future endeavours – in the European film industry.

The picture above sees all the winners lined up on the red carpet with Portman. From left to right: Dieter Kosslick, Maisie Williams (UK), European Shooting Stars patron Natalie Portman, Natalia de Molina (Spain), Sven Schelker (Switzerland), Aistė Diržiūtė (Lithuania), Emmi Parviainen (Finland), Hera Hilmar (Iceland), Joachim Fjelstrup (Denmark), Moe Dunford (Ireland),  Jannis Niewöhner (Germany) and Abbey Hoes (The Netherlands).

Moe Dunford can currently be seen in Irish cinemas in Patrick’s Day.


‘Somewhere Down The Line’ Wins at Clermont-Ferrand


Irish animation Somewhere Down The Line won the the prize for Best Animated Short at the 37th Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival this weekend.

Julian Regnard ‘s film, produced by Jonathan Clarke, examines a man’s life, loves and losses through the exchanges he has with the passengers in his car. It was produced by the Oscar nominated Cartoon Saloon’s Kilkenny studio using a combination of 3D and 2D animation techniques.

The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival is the world’s leading film festival dedicated to short films. It is held annually in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and is the second largest film festival in France, after Cannes, in terms of audience and professional attendance, boasting over 100,000 attendees annually, since 1995.


‘Boogaloo and Graham’ wins BAFTA

The Northern Irish film Boogaloo and Graham, starring Charlene McKenna, took home the BAFTA for Best Short at last night’s ceremony in the Royal Opera House in London.

Michael Lennox’s film is set in 1970s Belfast and tells the story of two young boys who discover the facts of life with the aid of their pet chickens.


Boogaloo and Graham is also in the running for an Oscar later this month for Live Action Short film.





Jack Reynor Awarded Special Jury Prize at Sundance


Jack  Reynor  was awarded a special Jury Prize  at the closing ceremony for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City for his performance in Gerard Barrett’s Glassland.

Speaking on the award Reynor commented ‘I’m absolutely thrilled to have been considered and to have won a prize at Sundance this year. It’s definitely a reflection of the work of everybody who was part of the film and I’m incredibly proud to have worked with all of them.’


Glassland is written and directed by Gerard Barrett and produced by Ed Guiney and Juliette Bonass for Element Pictures in association with Barrett’s Nine Entertainment. The film is financed by the Irish Film Board and Element Pictures Distribution who will release the film in the UK and Ireland. Executive producers are Andrew Lowe and Gerard Barrett.
Irish audiences will have the chance to see Glassland  when it goes on nationwide release on April 17th, 2015.

Ronan Hill Wins TEC Award

Ronan Hill has won the TEC (Technical Excellence and Creativity) award for outstanding creative achievement (Television Sound Production) for his work on Game of Thrones season four. This is the for the second year running Ronan has taken the award.
Presented annually by the NAMM Foundation at The NAMM Show, the TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and other media.
The awards presentation took place at the NAMM show Anaheim Convention Centre, California on Saturday, January 24th.

Mrs Brown’s Boys wins Best Comedy at UK’s National Television Awards


Mrs Brown’s Boys won Best Comedy at the UK’s National Television Awards in London’s O2 on Wednesday night.

This is the third year in a row Brendan O’Carroll’s series has been successful at the Awards.

The Winners:


Celebrity Juice

Maddy Hill (EastEnders)

Talent Show
The X Factor

Skills Challenge Show
The Great British Bake Off

Serial Drama

TV Judge
David Walliams

Serial Drama Performance
Danny Dyer (EastEnders)

Chat Show Host
Alan Carr

Mrs Brown’s Boys

This Morning

Drama Performance
Sheridan Smith (Cilla)

Downton Abbey

Entertainment Presenter
Ant & Dec

Entertainment Programme
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me out of Here!

Landmark Award
Comic Relief

Special Recognition Award
David Tennant


Irish Success at British Independent Film Awards


It was a good night for Irish film at the Moët British Independent Film Awards, which took place on 7th December 2014 in Central London.

Brendan Gleeson won the best actor award for his role as Fr James Lavelle in Calvary, while fellow actor Andrew Scott won the best supporting actor award for his work in Pride.

Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank claimed 2 prizes on the night with Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan winning best screenplay and Irish composer Stephen Rennicks awarded Best Technical Achievementfor his musical contribution.

See the full list of winners here.





‘Patrick’s Day’ Wins at Woodstock


Terry McMahon’s latest film Patrick’s Day picked up three awards at the Woodstock Film Festival in the US. The film was awarded the Maverick Award for Best Feature Narrative.

Michael Lavelle took the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography and the James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Feature Narrative  went to Emer Reynolds.

Patrick’s Day stars Kerry Fox, Moe Dunford, Catherine Walker and Philip Jackson.

Patrick’s Day will be released in Irish cinemas in early 2015 and will have a gala screening at the Cork Film Festival next month.


‘Patrick’s Day’ Wins in US


Terry McMahon’s  Patrick’s Day has won two jury awards at the Hell’s Half Mile Film and Music Festival in Michigan.

Terry McMahon took the award for Best Screenplay while Moe Dunford won Best Actor.

The powerful tale of a young man with mental health issues who falls for a suicidal flight attendant Patrick’s Day had its world premiere at the prestigious SXSW Film Festival in Austin Texas in March of this year.  The film has also screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Shanghai Film Festival, and went on to win ‘Best Irish Feature Film’ at The 26th Galway Film Fleadh on 13th July.

You can read a review of the film here


‘Patrick’s Day’ Wins Screen Directors Guild ‘Finders Series’ Award



Terry McMahon’s critically acclaimed film, Patrick’s Day has won the coveted Screen Directors Guild ‘Finders Series’ Award.  The award – presented to only one Irish film a year – will see the Director’s Guild of America host a screening of Patrick’s Day for an audience of industry insiders at the legendary Directors’ Guild of America (DGA) Theatre on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles on October 10th.

Writer / Director McMahon and producer Tim Palmer will fly out to the event and engage in a week of meetings with Hollywood heavyweights to secure distribution for Patrick’s Day and plan future projects.

The powerful tale of a young man with mental health issues who falls for a suicidal flight attendant Patrick’s Day had its world premiere at the prestigious SXSW Film Festival in Austin Texas in March of this year.  The film has also screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Shanghai Film Festival, and went on to win ‘Best Irish Feature Film’ at The 26th Galway Film Fleadh on 13th July.

Following the announcement, writer and director Terry McMahon commented, “The Screen Directors Guild ‘Finders Series’ Award is one of the best filmmaker prizes in the world and the fact that someone like me can win something like this means there is hope for any writer stuck on their first draft. The idea that the Directors Guild of America is hosting a screening of Patrick’s Day at the DGA Theatre on Sunset Boulevard means there is hope for any director wondering what the hell to do with their unfinished movie. And the notion that one film can still have the power to alter reality means there is hope for all us outsiders.”

Rachel Lysaght, co-producer, noted the commitment of the director and the filmmaking team, saying “We are deeply honoured and so proud that Patrick’s Day has won the Screen Directors Guild Finders Series Award.  Never has it been more pertinent to address the vital importance of caring for our mental health.  The aim for this film has always been more than cinema – we want to encourage a wider discussion on mental health and how we care for those who have been labeled with a ‘disorder’ – and it is a testament to our amazing cast and crew that the film’s success has been recognised through this wonderful award.  We cannot wait to bring the film to a wider audience.”

Patrick’s Day is an Ignition Film Productions production with Underground Films and Forefront Features in association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann / The Irish Film Board and RTÉ.


‘Fiddlers Cross’ Wins at Rhode Island

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The Irish short drama Fiddlers Cross (Edgecase Productions) has won first prize in the Best Screenplay category at the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival, where the film premiered. The short was directed by Michael McMahon, who also co-wrote it with John Flynn

Fiddlers Cross was shot on location in Tipperary in 2013 and stars Gerry O’Brien as a new banker in town, making his name, scorching the earth around distressed loans. After another busy day working the guillotine for his employers, he heads down to a local pub to unwind. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it, someone with ambition, and now he needs something stronger than fishing. Silence descends when he walks in past the creaking door. Then, through a random act of kindness from a fellow stranger, with whom he finds he shares a love of angling, our banker turns up a further business opportunity. It will involve a touch of moonlighting but, if he plays his cards right, he’s in for a major bonus. First he needs to borrow some cash that’s just resting in the vault and that no one will miss between two working days.



‘The Last Days of Peter Bergmann’ at Melbourne


The Last Days of Peter Bergmann has won the Best Documentary Short Film Award at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).  This is the second time the film has attained Oscar eligibility through winning an accredited International Film Festival. It previously won the Audience Award at Stranger than Fiction, Grand Jury Prize at Nashville Film Festival and the IFTA for Best Short Film.

Ciarán Cassidy’s film follows a man who arrived in Sligo in the summer of 2009 , over his final three days, he would go to great lengths to ensure no one would ever discover who he was or where he came from.

The film which was funded as part of the Irish Film Boards Reality Bites Scheme has so far screened at over 25 festivals worldwide after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.



‘Coda’ Wins at Edinburgh


Coda, an Irish animated short film funded by the Irish Film Board, RTÉ and the Arts Council under the Frameworks scheme, has won the award for Most Creative Short Film at Edinburgh Short Film Festival. Following on from a win at SXSW earlier in the year, the hand-drawn film is fast becoming a festival favourite with upcoming screenings at Anima Mundi (Brazil), Seoul Cartoon & Animation (South Korea) and Odense (Denmark) Film Festivals among many others.

Directed by Alan Holly and produced by Ciarán Deeney, the film tells the story of a lost soul who stumbles drunkenly through the city. In a park, death finds him and shows him many things.

The film will also screen in the Irish Film Institute with feature documentary Finding Vivian Maier from the 18th of July.



‘The Missing Scarf’ Wins Grand Prix at 2014 Toronto Animation Arts Festival International


Eoin Duffy’s short animation The Missing Scarf,  was awarded the Grand Prix at the 2014 Toronto Animation Arts Festival International. In addition, the film also picked up the Audience Choice Award.


The film has also been signed to Shorts International and released theatrically as part of the Oscar® Nominated Short Films program. The program opened in over 350 theatres throughout the US and Canada. The Missing Scarf was included as an Oscar® Commended short alongside the 5 nominations.



‘Rubai’ Triumphs at Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival


Rubai, directed by Louise Ni Fhiannachta, took home Best Drama and Best of Festival awards for 2014 on Sunday last at the sixth annual Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival.

The festival, which took place from the 21st to the 25th of May saw huge crowds of filmmakers from all over the world descend on Schull, Co. Cork for the duration of the festival. With over 300 short films being screened across 15 different venues, from the Ceiling Cinema, Mirror Cam and screenings on Long Island to pub and Café viewing all over town. Visitors also attended feature screenings, film quizzes and nightly live music.

The five-day event held various gala screenings, workshops, seminars, forums and clinics with some of Ireland’s top producers and directors including Carmel Winters, John Kelleher, Sandy Lieberson, Hilary Durman, Philomena’s Steve Coogan, Stephen Frears, Gabrielle Tana, Tracey Seaward, and Run and Jump writer Ailbhe Keoghan.

Other winners at the festival included Ian Fitzgibbon’s Breakfast Wine (Best Irish Short Film & Best Direction); Niall Owens’ Torn (Best In Cork); Jordon Prince-Wright’s Not Their Boots (Best Junior Filmmaker); Carolyn Duchene’s Wanda (Best Young Filmmaker); Laurence Relton’s Reel Life (Best Comedy); Aoife Kelleher’s Home (Best Documentary); Steve Woods Director, Ray Harman Music for Keeping Time (Best Arthouse & Best Original Music); Rita Basulto’s Lluvia en los Ojos (Best Animation); Hannah Salt’s Bump (Best Screenplay); Ronan Fox’s Keeping Time (Best Cinematography); and Evan Payne’s The Skelligs (Best Conservation).

This West Cork based festival also presented a director’s forum, chaired by John Kelleher and attended by Jim Sheridan, Stephen Frears, Pat Collins, Carmel Winters, Maurice O’Callaghan, Brian Deane and Jack Gold. Famous patrons of the festival include Lenny Abrahamson, Greg Dyke, Jim Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan, Carmel Winters, David Puttnam, Jack Gold, Steve Coogan, John Kelleher, Gerard Stembridge and Maurice Seezer.

For more information on the festival and list of winners please check out http://www.fastnetshortfilmfestival.com/news/and-the-winners-are-2014/


HeadsUp Movie Award Winners Announced


 Sinead Reilly, from Virginia in Cavan scooped the 2014 HeadsUp Movie Award for her film Ireland Talks, with Lochlainn McKenna from Doneraile and Jack & Cian Desmond from Bandon in Cork taking second and third prizes respectively. The winners travelled to RTÉ studios in Donnybrook in Dublin to collect their prizes, including a specially commissioned trophy and €1,000 in prize money for first prize, and €500 for second and third places. The films came out on top in an online public vote of shortlisted entries and the winning entry was broadcast live on RTÉ Two’s Two Tube on Tuesday 20 May.

HeadsUp, Rehab’s youth suicide prevention project, works to help prevent youth suicides using a mental health promotion approach by intervening with the target group of 15-24 year-olds before they reach a point of crisis.

The annual HeadsUp Movie Awards, in association with RTÉ Two’s Two Tube, encourage creative and proactive expression about youth mental health issues amongst young people. Entries were received from all over the country. A panel of judges which included Deirdre Quinlan from the Irish Film Institute, Nicky Phelan from the award-winning Brown Bag Films, Stephen Plunkett and Kate O’Dwyer from RTÉ and Collette Ryan, HeadsUp Project Manager, compiled a short list of entries which were put to a public vote online. The ‘Talk to Me’ theme was aimed at inspiring entrants to create positive mental health films and animations which would encourage young people to discuss their feelings and troubles before they reach crisis point.

The winning film by Sinead Reilly focuses on the stigma surrounding mental health in Ireland. Based this on the World Health Organisation statistics that 1 in 4 of the population is affected by mental health issues. The film explains how the statistics of one in four equates to 25% of the Irish population could mean that up to five people from our local GAA club, 12,500 spectators in the Aviva stadium, 2,733 of our gardaí and at least two of our nine presidents could be affected by mental health issues. 20-year-old Sinead, said: “I’m delighted to win the HeadsUp Movie Awards. I knew that as a young person that I could create something with a positive mental health message that other young people could relate to. These positive messages are really important. It was amazing to see my work on TV on RTÉ’s Two Tube. I hope to go on and work in film full-time after my degree.”

You can view the winning entries on www.headsup.ie/movieawards.



‘Cuckoo’ Wins in Canada

Cuckoo the new media series won the Best Drama Award at the Vancouver Webfest, the first webfestival ever to take place in Canada.
Cuckoo is screening at Toronto Webfest on 9- 11 May  and is just announced as official selection at Austin Webfest   from 26-28th June.
Cuckoo is about a wayward teenager sees a digitally ‘aged’ photo in the newspaper of a baby who was snatched 14 years ago, and thinks she recognises herself…
You can watch the series for free at : https://vimeo.com/54623645 (27’13 mins)

‘Let Us Prey’ Wins in Brussels


The Irish thriller Let Us Prey won Le Méliès d’Argent for Best European Fantastic Film at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.

The film is directed by, Brian O’Malley and stars Liam Cunningham, with Irish producers John McDonnell and Brendan McCarthy of Fantastic Films on board.

Let Us Prey follows Rachel (Pollyanna McIntosh), a rookie cop on her first night shift in a neglected police station in a backwater town. One of the inmates (Liam Cunningham) is an enigmatic stranger who begins to take over the minds of the police officers and his fellow inmates, leading to a crazed night of blood-spilling mayhem.


‘The Last Days of Peter Bergmann’ Wins at Nashville



Ciaran Cassidy’s The Last Days of Peter Bergmann has won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Nashville Film Festival. The win means that the film, which earlier this month won the IFTA for Best Short, is an Oscar-qualifying film.

The win comes just as the film has been selected to screen in Paris at the Panorama of the Golden Nights which is organised by the French Academy of Cinema – Académie des César.

The film is set to have its UK premiere this weekend at Sundance London.


‘Bit Map’ Wins Best Editing

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Bit Map, a short film directed by Aidan Gibson, won the award for Best Editing last weekend at the 5th annual Limerick Film Festival.


The 3-minute short, set on the campus of Trinity College Dublin, was made as part of a 48 hour film challenge held at the Digital Biscuit event last year. Filmmakers were set the task of making a short film under the theme of ‘Love & Technology.


Editor, Gary Flaherty, took home the Best Editing award for his work on the film. Gary also won the award at last years Limerick Film Festival (formerly LIT Film Festival) for editing Window a short film directed by Dave Thorpe.


Bit Map can be viewed on the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland YouTube channel here: http://youtu.be/50LxGKGMIsI


‘Walt’ Wins Best Short at Movie Days

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Dunsany Productions’ fairy tale horror film Walt has won an award for best short at Movie Days, which took place over the weekend of the 22nd  and the 23rd of March in Dortmund, Germany. The film’s director Randal Plunkett (Out There), accepted the award.

Walt, which stars Australian actor John E. Regan (Spiderhole) and young newcomer Cian Lavelle Walsh (Out There), is the story of James  (Lavelle Walsh), a young boy having a difficult adolescence with a dead mother and drunk absent father. Living a sad existence in which he is bullied at school. James spends his days alone wondering the open fields near his house. One day as he is walking by a river near the woods, he meets an old blind American, Walt (Regan). Walt befriends James, understanding what it is to be an outcast himself, having no family or friends of his own.  Walt takes on a father-like relationship with James, allowing the young boy to express himself through their time together fishing in the country river. But Walt is not all that he seems, and what seems like a simple tale of friendship and coming of age, quickly leads to a nightmare.

The film was written, produced, edited and directed by Randal Plunkett with cinematography by Stefano Battarola (Out There).  The score was written by award-winning composer Darius McGann (Guerrilla, Out There). The post-production sound was done at Moynihan Russell Recording Studios by Tony Kiernan (Ripper Street).








Irish Among 2014 BAFTA Television Craft Awards Nominees


The nominations have been announced for the 2014 BAFTA Television Craft Awards, with a strong Irish presence among the nominees.

Nancy Harris has been nominated for the Breakthrough Talent Award for writing two episodes for the Channel 4 series Dates.

John Conroy has been nominated for his work as DoP on the BBC series Luther.

Mark Geraghty has been nominated in the Production Design category for Ripper Street, and Graham Linehan has been nominated for Best Writer in Comedy.

The full list of nominees is here.

The 2014 BAFTA Television Craft Awards will take place on Sunday, 27th April at the Brewery in East London.


‘Bridge Station’ Honourable Mention at Chicago Irish Film Festival


Directed by Christopher Brennan and starring Sean Colgan,  Mark Mc Cabe and Amy de Bruhn, the Irish short film Bridge Station received an honourable mention for the Award Audience at Chicago Irish Film Festival. The film is based on the novel “Rue du Havre” by Paul Guimard, and was adapted and produced by François Farrugia.

Bridge Station introduces an old man selling scratch cards outside of a train station watching the people pass by. Everyday, they emerge from the station at the same time and disperse into the street without paying attention to him. Everyday… until one day…

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‘Unfold’ Success at Queens World Film Festival


Unfold won Best Cinematography for Michael Gilbert at the Queens World Film Festival in the US.

The short film is written and directed by Steven Daly and stars Anthony Murphy, Janice Byrne, Catriona Loughlin.

In Unfold Mark’s life has taken a turn for the worse and he’s doing everything he can to hide his problems from the world around him. His everyday goal is to blend in with society and appear ‘normal’, while also trying to find himself again and tap into a creativity he once had. Sara is used to serving coffee to people every day, keeping their routine, but Mark, seems out of place. She is intrigued by him and takes a chance by introducing him to an aspect of life around him that he may never have seen before. This could be just what Mark needs to give him his push forward.