Nominations for ‘An Bronntanas’

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An Bronntanas has received three nominations for Gradam Chumarsáide an Oireachtais 2015.

An Bronntanas has been nominated for TV Series of the Year, with two of its central actors, Dara Devaney and Michelle Beamish receiving nominations for Actor of the Year.

Speaking of the nominations, Producer, Ciarán Ó Cofaigh said;

“We are very proud of how An Bronntanas is being received both at home and abroad.  Of all the award ceremonies Gradam Cumarsáide an Oireachtais is very important to us, as the Irish speaking community is the first group of people we need to please.  Dara and Michelle were very strong in their central roles and we wish them well in the competition.”

Directed by Tom Collins (Kings), and produced by Ciarán Ó Cofaigh of ROSG (Cré na Cille) and Tom Collins, An Bronntanas stars Dara Devaney (Na Cloigne), John Finn (Cold Case), Owen McDonnell (Single Handed), Michelle Beamish (Crisis Eile), Pól Ó Gríofa (Ros Na Rún), Charlotte Bradley and Janusz Sheagall. The series was shot in various locations in Conamara, with Cian de Buitléar as the DoP.

An Bronntanas (The Gift) is a contemporary thriller set against the background of a local independent lifeboat crew working off the coast of Connemara, in the West of Ireland. The rescue crew receives a distress call on a stormy night to discover a fishing boat, its only passenger a dead woman and its cargo is over a million Euros worth of drugs. The crew is challenged with a moral dilemma — bring the woman on shore and hand the drugs to the authorities or, leave the body, sell the drugs and save their struggling village.

An Bronntanas was produced by ROSG and de facto films with funding from TG4, the BAI, The Irish Film Board, Northern Ireland Screen and Section 481.

 

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An Bronntanas – Review of Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh

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Cathy Butler attended the screening of An Bronntanas, which closed this year’s Galway Film Fleadh.

Despite the World Cup final running concurrently, the main auditorium of the Town Hall Theatre was packed out for the closing screening of the 26th Galway Film Fleadh, Tom Collins’ An Bronntanas, a crime thriller set in Connemara.

 

The opening credit sequence gives off a very televisual style, and upon further investigation it seems that this is a feature film incarnation of what will also be a television mini-series. This correlates with the tone of the film, which does veer more towards the televisual than cinematic.

 

JJ (Dara Devaney), an Irish engineer working in Canada, receives a call from home concerning his father’s death. Upon returning to Connemara, he is burdened with his father’s failing business and the wrath of the local employees whose jobs are in danger. When a call comes in about a boat in distress, JJ, his brother Macdara (Pól Ó Gríofa), and another lifeboat volunteer Jakub (Janusz Sheagall) venture out to assist. What they find is a boat with a murdered woman and a million euro worth of cannabis on board. The three men are then faced with the choice of contacting the police or keeping the drugs and selling them themselves. There is a complex scheme at work, however, as the brothers discover.

 

This is a well-scripted thriller, with some nice twists and misdirection, especially in relation to perceived suspicious outsider Jakub. A Polish man living locally, Jakub becomes one of the most engaging characters as the film goes on, moving between shades of threatening and empathetic with great ease. As the lead, JJ is somewhat lacking in characterisation, and the moral dilemma presented by the boat full of drugs lacks the dramatic tension such a scenario would promise. He is very easily swayed to wrong-doing by his hapless brother Macdara, despite being presented as the more upstanding of the two. Charlotte Bradley is intriguing as the cool-headed, resourceful mother to the two men, though the source of her hardened pragmatism is unclear.

 

The film is described as being as Gaeilge, which it predominantly is, but it could also be described as a trilingual film, given its use of Irish, English and Polish, almost symbolic of Ireland’s contemporary linguistic landscape.

 

This is a well-plotted narrative, which situates itself well in contemporary rural Ireland, managing to hit the right notes of a thriller without it seeming incongruous to the location. The film also makes great use of the variety of the Connemara landscape, in both the violence of the choppy seas and the sweeping valleys. And as noted by Gar O’Brien, the festival programmer, in his introduction of the film, it is certainly fitting to have a Galway film close the Galway Film Fleadh.

Click here for our coverage of Irish Film at the 26th Galway Film Fleadh  (8 – 13 July, 2014)

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An Bronntanas: Preview of Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh

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The 26th Galway Film Fleadh (8 – 13 July, 2014)

An Bronntanas 

Sun 13th July

Town Hall Theatre

20.00

An Bronntanas (The Gift)  is a contemporary thriller set against the background of a local independent lifeboat crew working off the coast of Conamara, in the West of Ireland.

 

The rescue crew receives a distress call on a stormy night to discover a fishing boat, its only passenger a dead woman and its cargo is over a million Euros worth of drugs. The crew is challenged with a moral dilemma — bring the woman on shore and hand the drugs to the authorities or, leave the body, sell the drugs and save their struggling village. It’s a decision that will change their lives forever.

 

An Bronntanas is a relevant tale told with black humor, making a wry, incisive comment on the human condition, but it’s also a cautionary tale about the evil that good men can do.

 

Director Tom Collins and cast will attend the screening.

 

Director: Tom Collins

Cast: Dara Devaney, Pól Ó Gríofa, John Finn, Michelle Beamish, Owen McDonnell, Charlotte Bradley, Janusz Sheagall

Script: Tom Collins, Joe Byrne, Paul Walker, Eoin McNamee

Producers: Ciarán Ó Cofaigh, Tom Collins

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