‘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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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‘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

 
 

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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.

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

 

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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.

 

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‘The Young Offenders’ – Six Part TV Series Commissioned

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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’

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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
https://www.facebook.com/abreakinthecloudsfilm

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In Production: Eventuality

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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.

 

 

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‘Peel’ Short Film Wraps in Dublin

 

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Annika Cassidy makes her directing debut with Peel, a new short film that captures the painful effects of alcoholism on family through the eyes of those who pick up the pieces.

Lauryn Canny (A Thousand Times Goodnight) gives a realistic portrayal of the daughter of an alcoholic mother. The plot centres around schoolgirl Olivia who comes home to find her mother- played by Ally Ni Chiaran (My Name is Emily) motionless on the couch.

With cinematography from ADIFF 2017 Rising Star nominee Eimear Ennis Graham (Lily, Cold), the film shows the control that alcohol can have on a person and how often, it is the accidental victim who assumes responsibility for the failure of those so close to them.

Filming has wrapped this month and the film is being edited by Colin Campbell (The Young Offenders, You’re Ugly Too) at present.

 

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‘Maeve and the Moon’ Wraps

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Filmed in Wicklow and Monaghan, new Irish short Maeve and the Moon just wrapped on a four-day shoot. Privately funded and sponsored in part by Teach Solais, this marks the debut short film by writer and director Elynia Betts.

 

Poppy Caraher, who made her brilliant debut as the lead in The Boring Diary of Frances Noone, stars as ten year old Maeve. When her father off handedly remarks that her mother is “asking for the moon,” imaginative and resilient Maeve decides to set off on her own to find the moon and bring it home. After sourcing a boat from a local fisherman, and inspiration from Yeats, Maeve finds herself among the moon’s Eight Phases–putting the success of her quest on an unusual path.

 

Emma Eliza Regan (Darkness on the Edge of Town, Get Up and Go), who just wrapped on Tom Collin’s new feature Penance: Aithri, also stars as Rhiannon–the Irish-speaking leader of the Phases. In another leading role is Seán McGillicuddy (Sineater) as the Fisherman, who is much more than what he appears to be. Maeve’s parents are played by Jeanne O’Connor (Éirí Amach Amú) and Declan Reynolds (Love/Hate). Other talent includes Sohaila Lindheim (Red Room) and Martina Babisova (Operation Liberland). The film was shot on a Blackmagic Cinema Camera by Limerick director of photography Niall Coley.

 

Combining Irish mythology with childhood whimsy, ‘Maeve and the Moon’ aims for the 2017 film festival run in Ireland and abroad.
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Red Room In Production

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Red Room is set to be the final chapter of director Stephen Gaffney’s “Deep Web Trilogy” – a collection of indie films which delve into the darkest corners of the world wide web.

The story tells of Kyra, Alison, and Lily; three girls snatched off the streets and taken to an isolated location. There they await their turn to enter the Red Room. The trio must attempt to escape their sadistic captors in this gory and suspenseful ode to cult classics such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Switchblade Romance.

Red Room stars Amy Kelly (Red Rock), John D’alessandro (Class A, Cardboard Gangsters), Brian Fortune (Savage, Game of Thrones), is co-written by Stephen Gaffney and Erica Keegan.

 

 

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‘Break’ in Post-production

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A new short film, written and directed by Brian Moran, is in the final stages of post-production and will be hitting the festival circuit this summer.

Break is the story of a week in the life of Derek Ryan (Darren Healy – Savage, The Guard, Once); a man in his mid-thirties, defeated by life and resigned to loneliness and despondency. He works in an unsatisfying, meaningless office job and has been leapfrogged by young, confident careerists who are now his supervisors and seniors. Derek takes his morning coffee break alone, goes to the same café, and orders the same coffee. He drinks his coffee alone at his desk in an open-plan office. He spends his evenings by himself, cocooned in his open-plan apartment.

One day a smile from Jenny (Aoife Nic Ardghail – An Klondike, Rasai na Gaillimhe), a young waitress in the café he frequents changes everything. She is warm, friendly, acknowledges Derek and idly chats to him every morning. He feels alive once more. Derek becomes adventurous; orders different coffee, tries new recipes for his evening meal, works out and stands up to his supervisor. Derek ultimately builds up the courage to ask Jenny out. Is this appropriate? Will she say yes? This is the story of modern life, isolation, alienation, and the power, subtlety and fragility of human connectedness. It is a story of hope and despair and the fine line that separates the two.

Key crew members of Break are graduates of the MSc in Digital Feature Film Production (Staffordshire University & Filmbase), including writer/director Brian Moran, producer Trisha Flood, DOP Saskia Vermeulen, 1st Camera Assistant  Barry Doyle, and  1st AD  Conor Fleming.

Original music composed by Rob Daly. Sound recordist and design is by Simon Murphy. The film is edited by Gareth Nolan.

You can follow Break on Facebook and Twitter for news and festival dates:

https://www.facebook.com/break.shortfilm2016/

https://twitter.com/BreakFilm2016

 

 

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‘A Sparrow for the Wolves’ in Production

 

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With BAFTA-nominated DOP Paul O’Callaghan attached, feature film, A Sparrow for the Wolves will begin principal photography in various locations around Limerick City in August 2016 and is the debut feature of director Michael Quinn.

 A Sparrow for the Wolves is the fictional story of boxer Shane Laden who, after leaving prison and returning to his family, struggles to overcome his nature and circumstances to win back the life and career that he lost.

The film focuses on its protagonist Shane Laden, his internal struggles and his external struggles with his situation and circumstance.

Casting will commence in Limerick at the beginning of April and the production team plan to explore deep into the community in Limerick to find the right characters for the film. As well as open casting, the production team will look to street casting to find the cast.

 

 

 

 

 

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Watch ‘Pregnancy Test’

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Pregnancy Test, a two-minute horror comedy directed by Fergal Costello, is currently available online. The film stars Aoife Spratt and Amy Hughes, dealing with a demonic pregnancy and the explosively gory devastation that sort of predicament brings. The film was made for less than €500.

 

Costello currently directs sketches for Republic of Telly, and adverts, with his most recent piece “Doritos – Meet My Partner!” winning an award at the recent YDA 2016 Awards.

 

 

 More of Costello’s work can be seen here: www.fergalcostello.com
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 Run Run as Fast as You Can

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Katie Smith’s new film Run Run as Fast as You Can follows a group of children who are being pursued through the woods by an unseen mob. Their determination to get away is matched only by their assailants’ determination to stop them at all costs.

Written by BAFTA-nominated writer Danny King (Wild Bill, Eat Local), the film features Johnny Vivash (Perdition County) and Paul Dewdney (Crossroads).

Principal photography will begin at the end of May and will wrap early June.

You can get involved with the project here

 

 

 

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‘Strawberry’ is in Pre-production

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The short film Strawberry, from the Dundalk Institute of Technology students, is in pre-production. The film is being made by Dundalk Institute of Technology students. Principal photography will take place on the 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th of April.

Strawberry is a comedy about a young lad Stephen that has to work at the family strawberry stand, ruining his plans to meet his girlfriend. He reluctantly carries out his shift, but not as he expected. Throughout the day Stephen is pestered by various characters, changing his day in a way he couldn’t have imagined.

The cast includes Kieran Boland, David O’Boyle, Pat Deery, George Bracebridge.

The team members are Robert McCabe (Writer), Daniel O’Toole (Producer), Jessica Young (Director), Nicky Fitzsimons (Cinematographer), Daniel Faulkner (Production Design) and Eleanor Bell (Editor).

The Strawberry team is filming around Dundalk including Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol, Carrickmacross Road, Co. Louth.

 

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Short Film on Women’s Bodily Rights In Ireland Wraps

 

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Dublin based independent film companies Fight Back Films, and Hopehapp Productions, in association with Driftwood Doll Films, present Terminal. The film aims to humanise women who face criminal charges for seeking abortions in Ireland, and who therefore travel abroad to have the procedure.

The film is written and directed by up and coming filmmaker Natasha Waugh (Fight Back Films), and produced by David C. Lynch of Hopehapp Productions.

Terminal is about a girl and a woman who meet in an airport departure gate. Just before they board a plane to Manchester to get abortions, we witness a private exchange as they share the different reasons that brought them to this moment, and the traumatic journey that awaits them.

The film was shot over three days on March 4th, 5th and 6th, by a crew including Director of Photography Eimear Ennis-Graham (Shem The Penman Sings AgainToday), Producer David C. Lynch (After; Says; Stay) Writer/Director Natasha Waugh (Food Fight; Running Commentary), and Sound Recordist Dean Murray, (Soulsmith, Late Arrivals). 

The film stars Andrea Kelly, (Lenny Abrahamson’s Prosperity, and Rebecca Daly’s Joyriders.), and Aoife Doyle, a newcomer who has done extensive extra in various productions including the RTE production Whistleblower Moone Boy, Cracks, and Vikings, and was the back up body double for Saoirse Ronan in Neil Jordan’s Byzantium.

Terminal is currently starting post-production and will begin the edit within the next few weeks before entering the festival circuit.

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Feminist Documentarians Tackle Inequality in Irish Theatre

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A new documentary which seeks to expose and examine gender inequality in Irish Theatre and the Arts is currently in production. Inspired by the #WakingTheFeminists movement, Thems The Breaks critiques and explores the many reasons and ways women have been forgotten both in our national history and on our national stage.

One female artist out of ten programmed for The Abbey Theatre’s Waking The Nation centenary programme, demonstrating an overwhelming 90% favour towards male artists’ work. According to figures by Brenda Donohue, of 320 plays staged in our National Theatre between the years 1995-2014, only 36 were written by women (full production single author).

What does this say about the importance placed on women’s stories and voices in Ireland, past and present? One hundred years since the 1916 Rising, and women’s stories and experiences are still being airbrushed out. Equality is a word like any other. Some people use it, some people don’t. Thems The Breaks seeks to examine why this is and ask how we, as a progressive society may begin to create a more inclusive and equal Ireland.

The team behind the film is Sarah Barr (Producer), Sarah Corcoran (Director), Stephen Elliott (Writer) and Aoife Kelly (Producer).

You can support the production here

 

 

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‘Minds Eye’ in Production

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Eleanor McSherry’s script Minds Eye is set to go into production. The script has been shortlisted for awards in Dublin’s Filmbase and at Galway’s Short film script awards. It also was nominated for the Waterford Film Festivals short script award.

Mind’s Eye is a poignant and heart-warming drama that follows Robbie as he meets the challenge of his first day at school in his own unique and inimitable way. According to the scriptwriter,  “I want to create a short live action film in Limerick that will focus on a young child with autism and how he copes during his daily life. I will use the medium of film to show how uniquely a child with autism sees the world.  The film will be filmed and edited by predominantly Limerick Arts and Culture Film Strand members and with local artists. The first cast and crew screening of the film will be a special screening for the members of the Limerick charity Dóchas: Hope for People with Autism. The script was inspired by my final year documentary ‘I am me!’ which a lot of the parents from Dóchas contributed to.  This film will be distributed to film festivals and will be accessible to Dóchas, Irish Autism Action, Special Needs Parents Association and my students at UCC.”

The film has two Limerick film producers on board, Keith Bogue and Maeve McGrath. Keith Bogue has a long list of successful short films and is also head of the Limerick Arts and Culture Exchange Film Strand.  Maeve McGrath has produced and written short films through Sidhe Film, her production company.

This is a non-for-profit film script which will be made in Limerick by Limerick filmmakers.

If you would like to be involved in the project, Eleanor McSherry will be hosting a coffee morning in Central Buildings CB1 (beside the White House Pub) on O’Connell Street from 11am to 1pm on Saturday March 12.

If you are unable to attend there is also an Indegogo online fundraising campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mind-s-eye-short-film.

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‘An Ceann Deireanach’ in Production

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An Ceann Deireanach (The Last One) is currently in production.  Written, produced and directed by Eamonn Tutty and Alan Dunne of Reckoner Productions, the film is set against the back drop of the Irish Famine (1847).

A violent revolt leaves the four protagonists Tadhg, Seamus, Jim and Thomas fleeing the safety of their village in hopes of survival. Entering the desolate woods of Ireland the battle against the elements and their own inner demons commences.  As starvation slowly creeps in the line between reality and fantasy begin to blur.

The film explores the dark history of the Irish famine and will also be recorded in Irish to capture the realism of the time period. It encapsulates themes that are still  relevant in our society today: mental health, poverty and starvation.

You can support the film here

 

 

Official website: http://www.thelastone2016film.com

 

 

 

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‘Class A’ Set to Film

 

 

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Following their feature film debut Bully (2015), Dublin-based film production company Deep Web Films is now set to begin filming Class A – a feature-length crime drama set and filmed in Dublin.

 

The film centres around the everyday lives of Vinny and Warren – two inner city drug dealers solely united by a hunger for money. With the discovery of a new and innovative drug importation system, the two seem untouchable. However, dealing bigger and better than ever soon prompts a corrupt detective to intervene.

 

The principal cast includes John D’alessandro (Cardboard Gangsters), Aaron Blake (Bully), Alan Sherlock (Spider’s Trap, Diane), Joe Byrne (Red Rock), Justine O’Rourke (Bully) Ryan Lincoln (5th Element Rapper, Cardboard Gangsters) and Sohaila Lindheim. They are supported by Saoirse Doyle, John Sweeney, Dean Sherlock, Troy Ryan, Séafra O’Rourke and Ryan Gaffney.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘An American Wake’ to Shoot in 48 Hours

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An American Wake, an experimental production,aims to shoot a full-length feature film in 48 hours, from the 19th February to the 21st February.

The film follows Eric, a young man in Bray who is about to start a new life in America. We follow Eric on his last day in Ireland as loose ends are tied off and his friends attempt to give him a going away party to remember.

It will be produced under the Filmbase Presents banner, and will be directed by Rian Mahood Gallagher. The film stars Eoin Bartley, Kellie Ni Dhuibhir, Simon O’Neill, Barry Kelleghan, Vicky Goslin and Hazel Gavigan and will be shot on location in Bray.

Extras will be required for the shoot. Interested parties can apply by emailing anamericanwake@gmail.com

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In Production: Irish LGBT Thriller on Sexual Identity

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The Betrayal, a new female-driven short LGBT film from writer / director Kamila Dydyna, touches on adult themes such as sexual identity, domestic violence, and revenge porn within the story of a marriage break-up.

The main cast features Mark McAuley (Vikings, Saol) and Miriam Devitt (Running Commentary, Food Fight) and Kamila Dydyna.  A male partner’s jealous and violent reactions in an unravelling relationship are the catalyst of The Betrayal’s plotline in which a new romantic possibility leads to danger.

The film will be co-directed by Natasha Waugh from Fight Back Films, with cinematography by Gosia Zur (Monged), costume design by Gwen Jeffares-Hourie, and will be shot in late January / early February.

If you’d like to get involved, a Crowdfunding campaign is ongoing.

 

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‘Jar’ Wraps

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Short Irish sci-fi film Jar has wrapped on principal photography and has now entered post-production.  The sci-fi drama, written by Wayne Doherty and Simon Murphy was successfully funded via a Fundit campaign. Directed by Doherty and produced by Murphy in association with Bold Puppy, filming took place in locations around Blanchardstown and Clondalkin such as Eurospar Hartstown and the Blanchardstown Neighbourhood Youth Project (N.Y.P.), with St. Philips Senior School in Mountview providing extras.

Jar was shot over 3 days in November with one pickup day in December. It will now enter post-production in January and will enter Irish and international film festivals.

Set between the nostalgic charm of childhood and the realism of a bleak suburban Dublin housing estate, the story follows the boys over the course of their Halloween mid-term as they attempt to escape their mundane realities and troubled home lives through comic books, monster movies and science fiction. While out fishing in a stream one day, they catch something that will change their world forever.

The cast includes first-time actors from Dance Agency Ireland Darragh Tobin, Dylan Bennett and Emma Meyer as well as Fíonna Hewitt-Twamley (Cardboard Gangsters, Red Rock).

 

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‘Animation, Inc. Ireland’s Creative Industry’ Doc in Production

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Animation, Inc. Ireland’s Creative Industry is a feature-length documentary about the Irish animation industry and the influence Irish animators have had worldwide.

The film offers a look into the past, present and future of the Irish Animation Industry, covering the education, business and creativity of a fascinating art form.

The documentary is being produced by Dublin-based production house Bruin Motion Pictures and features former Disney animators, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, Seamus Malone, Aardman Animation, DreamWorks Animations’ Dean DeBlois, Irish Studios Cartoon Saloon, Brown Bag Films, Giant Animation, Barley Films, and many more.

Animation, Inc. contains original studio tours, rare and never-seen-before archive footage, exterior footage from worldwide/Irish landscapes and exclusive discussions with Academy Award winning studios and animators.

The production has already shot on location in Bristol, UK. Stuttgart, Germany. New York & Arizona, USA and across the majority of counties within the Republic of Ireland, with more to come before the end of production.

 

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‘Full Circle’ To Go into Production Next Year

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Noel Brady’s first feature film is set to go into production next year. Full Circle tells the story of documentary maker, Malcolm Walker (Michael Bates) who returns to Ireland after his last production in Gaza went horrible wrong. Following his experiences in Gaza, Malcolm begins to suffer from nightmares and flash-backs, all symptoms of PTSD. Malcolm tries to cope, but the harder he pushes the further he seems to fall into his own private hell and darkness. A darkness that causes him to question to very value of life. Just at it’s darkest the smallest slither of light appears in the shape of Travis Sear (Mark Schrier) an American, a friend, and the opposite side of the same coin. Looking for answers, both men would start out on a journey, a journey to find the values that were lost in Gaza. This journey would take Malcolm back to another dark tunnel, this time the tunnel would be in Newgrange Co.Meath Ireland. Malcolm lost a lot in Gaza, can he find it here in Newgrange?

 

The film stars Michael Bates, Susan Bracken, Mark Schrier, Joe McKinney,  John Duggan,  Jenny Dixon,  Pádraig Murray, and Gerry Shanahan.

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‘Twice Shy’ Near Completion

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Twice Shy, an independent Irish movie, that tackles the topical subject of abortion, is near completion, after less than a year in production. The film features top Irish talent such as Ardal O’Hanlon and Pat Shortt.

Twice Shy is a modern coming-of-age drama, that centres around a young couple who set off on a road trip from Ireland to London. The young, unmarried couple is played by Shane Murray Corcoran (King Arthur, Angelas Ashes) and Iseult Casey, who makes her debut on the big screen. They take the trip as the result of an unplanned pregnancy and have some life changing decisions to make. The film portrays their journey, through the ups and downs of their relationship, and features support from a stellar cast including Ardal O’ Hanlon (After Hours, Fr. Ted), Pat Shortt (The Guard, Garage), Mary Conroy (Ros na Run) and Paul Ronan (Love/Hate).

Director Tom Ryan says, “Although it’s fundamentally a story about young love, Twice Shy explores how leaving home to have an abortion overseas can affect a relationship. We hope to do this in a relevant non-judgemental manner.”

The film is expected to be completed this Christmas, with the aim that it would be launched at a film festival in the spring, followed by a general release in cinemas and later online.

 

 

 

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‘The Bird’ Completes Principle Photography

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Conor Slattery’s civil war drama The Bird has completed principle photography. The film follows the fortunes of a group of anti-treaty soldiers during the Irish civil war.

Shot on location in West Cork, the film draws its inspiration from a real event at the Clashmealcon caves during the Irish civil war.

The film stars Mike O’Dowd, Emmet Kelly, Colman Hayes, Lorcan O’Neill,  Conor Dwane, Arann Blake and Conor Slattery.

Director of photography is Kevin Mulchahy with sound recorded by Cormac Brenock

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‘Afterthought’ Wraps

Rose Landys breaks from her stern character behind the scenes of Afterthought


New Irish independent company Driftwood Doll Films have wrapped on romantic comedy Afterthought, their second produced short film. The film is written and directed by Sinead Ralston, and produced by Eilís Abbott and Michael O’Dwyer.

Afterthought features Neil Hogan as an indefatigable pensioner attempting to woo indomitable Rose Landys in a series of silent comedy style vignettes, and was filmed in Dublin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In Production: Jar

JAR

Pre-production is underway on a new short sci-fi drama to be filmed in locations around Dublin and Louth. Jar is written by Wayne Doherty and Simon Murphy of Primevil Prints, a new Dublin-based production company.

With principal photography set to begin mid-October, the story follows three young Irish children as they plan a summer of escape, adventure and discovery. The movie will feature young actors from Dance Agency Ireland: Darragh Tobin, Dylan Bennett and Emma Meyer.

Set between the nostalgic charm of childhood and the realism of a bleak suburban Dublin housing estate, the story follows the boys over the course of a summer as they attempt to escape their mundane realities and troubled home lives through comic books, monster movies and science fiction. While out fishing in a stream one day, they catch something that will change their world forever.

Directed by Wayne Doherty with Simon Murphy producing, the film is currently fundraising via a fundit campaign. Murphy has previously produced the award-winning short film The Stand Up. Crew attached thus far includes Director of Photography Kevin Minogue (Limp, Twice Shy), 1st AC Luke Daly (Jack and Ralph Plan a Murder, La Violencia), Assistant Director Vincent McEntee of Wishka Films (Endure, For Sarah, Twice Shy), Production Sound Mixer Simon Murphy of Brainwave Audio (Cardboard Gangsters, Twice Shy, Danger Overhead Powerlines), Boom Operator Andy Flaherty (What Richard Did, King of the Travellers), Art Director Damian Byrne of Oracle Pictures (Penny Dreadful, Ripper Street, Love/Hate), Costume Designer Kika Chix (Monged). It will also feature an original score by the Brazilian music company Modular Safari.

The fundit campaign page can be found at:

http://fundit.ie/project/jar—short-movie

For information and updates you can follow their facebook at:

www.facebook.com/jarmovie

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