‘Let Your Guard Down’

Principal photography has recently commenced on Let Your Guard Down, written, directed and produced by Paddy Slattery.

In the film, Dave Connolly is a respected member of the Garda Síochána but his loyalty to the law gets tested by his ex-convict brother Joe who is in desperate need of his help.

Let Your Guard Down was independently financed with a share of the budget raised on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

The film’s cast includes Tristan Heanue,  Graham Earley , Gemma Leah Devereux and John Connors.












PIO Media to produce Film Offaly Bursary Winner ‘Red Rag’

PIO Media, the company behind last year’s award winning Leap of Faith is set to produce this year’s Film Offaly bursary winner, Red Rag.

The film, written and directed by Brian Folan, is about Ruth, a domestic abuse victim who just wants to get away and save her son from her husband. Although she runs into a bull who’s intent on preventing them from getting away…

Speaking to Film Ireland, Producer Jonny Farrelly said; ‘It’s a very ambitious project but one Brian has been sitting on for the past few years. It’s actually something that happened to his uncle, so the truth on this occasion is actually stranger than fiction!’

‘Again, it’s ambitious but we are really passionate about telling this story and we need your help. I think Ireland is due a ‘creature feature’ or something in the vain of Jurrasic Park and Jaws and as a producer, this is an area that I want to move into features with. Ireland needs it’s own demonic movie animal and what better than the trusty old bull?’

If you’d like to get involved in the production visit https://fundit.ie/project/red-rag







‘Des and Peggy’ Wraps

Rita-Marie Lawlor’s latest short film, Des and Peggy, has wrapped.

Set entirely at a bus stop, Des and Peggy is based on two people who come together through loneliness  and bereavement.


The film features actors Tommy O’Neill and Michele Burton with other actors including Neill Fleming, Tom Creevy, Callan Cummins, Andrea Coyne, Rita-Marie Lawlor, Robbie Kane and Dean Sherlock.


The film was shot on July 30th within eight hours at a bus stop in Ballyfermot and is now in post-production.


Keep up to date on the film’s Facebook page


Rita-Marie Lawlor’s feature film The Last Show  is now signed with US Distribution company Adler & Associates Entertainment  and exhibited as part of their showcase at the Cannes Film Festival 2017.


The film is now available on Amazon Prime in the USA, UK, Japan, Germany and Austria – as well as globally on Vimeo on Demand and Youtube



Filming Wraps on ‘Wild Fire Nights’

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Filming has wrapped on  Emma Eliza Regan’s short drama Wild Fire Nights. The film centres around Lila – a rudderless millennial, caught in a destructive whirl of reckless nights, drugs and sex – until an alarming discovery forces her to face the grave consequences of her actions. Alone and desperate, she meets the elusive Flynn, who gives her an offer she can’t refuse…

The cast attached include Gerard McSorley, Dara Devaney, David Murray and James Browne.

Brian Durcan is D.O.P, with Rossa O’Dowd as camera assistant and Stephen Molloy on sound. Production design is by IFTA-nominated Steve Kingston.

The film is currently in the post-production phase, Ivor Novello, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated Ilan Eskheri (Still Alice, Young Victoria) is currently creating an original soundtrack.


Seána Kerslake to Star in ‘The Hole In The Ground’



Lee Cronin’s directorial debut, The Hole In The Ground,  will star Seána Kerslake (A Date For Mad Mary) as a young single mother who is trapped between rationality and the unexplained as she becomes convinced her little boy has been transformed by something sinister from the depths of a mysterious sinkhole.

John Keville and Conor Barry of Savage Productions will produce, with Benoit Roland of Wrong Men in Belgium and Ulla Simonen of MADE in Finland as co-producers. The film is to be funded by The Irish Film Board with the participation of Head Gear Films.

Shooting is due to get underway in the summer.



‘The Young Offenders’ – Six Part TV Series Commissioned



BBC Three and BBC Comedy, in association with RTÉ, have commissioned a six part series of The Young Offenders, from producers Vico Films.

Originally a feature length film, The Young Offenders was a box-office sensation in 2016. Peter Foott, winner of Best Screenplay for The Young Offenders at the recent Irish Film and Television Academy awards, will also be the writer, director and executive producer on the television series.  Acclaimed producer Martina Niland (Once, Sing Street) will produce the 6 x 30 series.

The Young Offenders film followed two Cork inner-city teenagers, Conor and Jock, as they embark on a 160km road trip on stolen bikes, in the hopes of finding an unrecovered bale of cocaine.

The characters will now make a move to television screens to bring viewers the continuing misadventures of loveable rogues Conor MacSweeney and Jock O’Keeffe, played by newcomers Alex Murphy and Chris Walley respectively, along with Conor’s long-suffering mother Mairead MacSweeney, played by Hilary Rose.  Many other familiar faces from the film will also feature in the TV series and will once again film in Cork, Ireland.


The Young Offenders has been commissioned for BBC Three by Controller of BBC Three Damian Kavanagh; Controller of Comedy Shane Allen; and Commissioning Editor Alex Moody; and for RTÉ by Eddie Doyle, Head of Comedy.

Shane Allen says: “Peter has created a very sure-footed and wholly original world that combines a winning blend of hilarity, charm and emotional impactful moments. It will, stand nicely alongside BBC Three stablemates Fleabag, Uncle, This Country and People Just Do Nothing as a sharp and naturalistic portrait of endearing characters with a unique comic voice.’

Eddie Doyle said: “Peter Foott has created something really special with The Young Offenders, and we’re absolutely delighted to be supporting the TV version. It is fantastic to see young, home-grown Irish talent, take the next step to international TV success.”

Peter Foott commented: “It’s incredibly exciting to be able to work with the BBC and with RTÉ to bring these characters back to the screen. They have been so supportive of the project and will be a wonderful home for it. The public response to the film, and specifically the characters themselves, was just so overwhelming that we really felt there were a lot more stories to tell, so we’re very excited to be doing this as a six part television series. It’s a real honour to have a chance to take these characters on their new adventures and we can’t wait to start filming in Cork.”

The Young Offenders goes into production in Cork this summer.


Video Interview: Director Peter Foott, Actors Hilary Rose & PJ Gallagher, ‘The Young Offenders’


In Production: A Break in the Clouds

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Principal photography is set to begin on a short film titled A Break in the Clouds; a contemporary drama about a young couple struggling to adjust to life following the birth of their first child.

Written, directed and produced by Tristan Heanue (In This Place), this film will mark the follow-up to his directorial debut Today, which went on to win at the 27th Galway Film Fleadh. A two-day shoot will commence on 6th May in Renvyle in Co. Galway.

Tristan will also star alongside some of Ireland’s brightest actors, including Gemma-Leah Devereux (Get Up & Go, Stitches) Marie Ruane (Foxes, Striking Out) and Linda Bhreathnach (Adulting, Ros na Rún).

A Break in the Clouds will be produced by Paddy Slattery, a long-term collaborator of Tristan’s, with Narayan Van Maele (Gridlock, Gutland) helming cinematography. The film will be shot on the Arri Alexa Mini, while editing and sound design duties will be undertaken by John Desay (Ladies of Science) and Nikki Moss (Patrick’s Day) respectively.

Once complete, A Break in the Clouds will hit the film festival circuit, targeting some of the major film festivals at home and abroad.
For further details or to simply follow the progress of this production, visit


In Production: Eventuality

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Photo by Stephanie Peters

The Dundalk Institute of Technology short film called Eventuality is currently being produced by final year students in the BA (HONS) Video & Film Production course.

An ambitious doctor’s career gets interrupted by news of a pregnancy. How will she manage to keep her professional and personal life from clashing?


Eventuality is currently in pre-production. Principal photography begins 18th – 24th April. Filming locations will be in Dundalk with a crew that includes Aoife McEvoy – Producer, Eleanor Bell – Director, James Bannon – Writer/Sound Desig,n Kornelia Rybacka – Cinematographer/Editor, Ryan Hayes – 1st AD and Amy Davidson – Production designer.

Auditions take place in Dundalk Institute of Technology on the 1st of April.