Cuckoo is an official selection at Hollyweb Festival (4 – 6 April), a web series festival celebrating excellence in the web series medium. This follows on from screenings at the LA webfest (26-30 March).
Cuckoo follows the rebellious, copper-haired teenager Niamh Keegan who feels like a spare part in her boring, staid family unit. When she sees a digitally ‘aged’ picture of a missing child in the newspaper that looks just like her, her imagination runs riot and she being to suspect that she and the snatched baby are one and the same… Are Niamh’s suspicions just the delusions of a disaffected teenager, or has she inadvertently stumbled on to something more sinister?
Cuckoo, an award winning 28-minute Irish webseries, recently secured a distribution deal with Channel France 4. Cuckoo will be dubbed for French audiences and will be broadcast from May.
JTS.TV (Just The Story), a premium digital television network based in Los Angeles and Cuckoo will begin airing from 28th February.
You can catch producer Marie Caffrey this evening on ‘Arts Tonight’ on RTÉ Radio 1 at 10pm chatting with Vincent Woods about Cuckoo and transmedia alongside beActive’s Triona Campbell and RTÉ’s Head of Drama Jane Gogan.
Cuckoo, written by Nikki Racklin and Danann Breathnach, was nominated for 3 awards at the International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) Awards and won in the Best Writing category.
The Awards ceremony took place last week in Las Vegas and the writing team beat big Hollywood names such as Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs, In Treatment, Big Love) and Jon Avnet (Black Swan, Fried Green Tomatoes, Risky Business).
Alongside the Best Writing award, Cuckoo was nominated for Best Directing (Drama) for Danann Breathnach, and Best Female Actress (Drama) for Pagan McGrath, who was up against Julia Stiles and Anna Paquin.
Cuckoo recently picked up awards at ATL WebFest 2013 (Atlanta) and the Lovie Awards (London), as well as being nominated at the 2013 Webbys (New York) and screened at festivals in Geneva, Rome, Marseille and Melbourne. It has also been selected at LAwebfest (Los Angeles), coming up in March.
Cuckoo, a 28-minute Irish webseries, has recently won two awards. It was voted Best Drama at Atlanta, GA webfest-ATL webfest and received a Bronze award in the Music & Entertainment section of the LOVIE Awards (European Internet awards).
It has been a busy few months for Cuckoo, with a WEBBY nomination and screenings in Geneva, Marseille, Rome and Melbourne. Cuckoo is also on the active panel picker selection for SXSW.
Aer Lingus will be screening Cuckoo (directed by Danann Breathnach) alongside Sylvia (directed by Seamus Moran) both produced by Marie Caffrey on all Aer Lingus long-haul flights during December 2013 and January 2014 as part of the Gathering.
Marie Caffrey is also selected to participate in the Irish Film Board Catalyst scheme which offers emerging filmmakers the chance to produce a low-budget feature film through its funding and mentorship scheme.
Trailer and full first series can be viewed here on Vimeo:
Cuckoo, a 28-minute online drama that was originally part of RTÉ’s renowned Storyland series, has been nominated in both the Music & Entertainment and The People’s Lovie Award at the Lovie Awards, held in London on 13th November.
Cuckoo, which was also recently nominated for the Best Online Drama award at the Webby Awards (competing with a Tom Hanks production) features music by The Hot Sprockets, Le Galaxie, Fox Avenue, Retarded Cop and Skelocrats. The Music & Entertainment section will be judged by IADAS, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, alongside actor and presenter Stephen Fry, musician Imogen Heap and Tweetdeck founder and CEO Iain Dodsworth.
Voting for the The People’s Lovie Award takes place from 24th September to 10th October at www.lovieawards.eu (category Internet & Video/Music & Entertainment).
Cuckoo, an online drama that was originally part of RTÉ’s renowned Storyland series is an official selection at the Marseille Web Fest to be held on 4 and 5 October 2013 in Marseille (Château de la Buzine).
The two-day festival, will be chaired by David Worthen (Vice-President of 20th Century Fox Digital).
Only recently Cuckoo became the first-ever Irish online drama nominee at the prestigious 17th Webby awards competing against Hollywood royalty Tom Hanks (Electric City).
Cuckoo was directed by Danann Breathnach and written by Nikki Racklin and Danann Breathnach, from an original story by Nikki Racklin. It was produced by Marie Caffrey (Zanzibar Films) and stars Pagan McGrath as wild teenager Niamh Keegan, who recognises herself in a digitally ‘aged’ picture of a missing child. Also appearing are IFTA winner Denise McCormack (Love/Hate) and Brian Fortune (Game of Thrones).
The team behind Cuckoo, nominated for Best Online Drama at this year’s prestigious Webbys Awards, have been so overwhelmed by the level of interest in their original online drama series, that they are now exploring avenues that would enable them to develop it into a TV series.
Dynamic producer Marie Caffrey has always been aware of Cuckoo’s potential for worldwide appeal and sees the nomination as an exciting step towards reaching an international audience.
Cuckoo, the first-ever Irish drama nominee, has been brushing shoulders at the Webbys with Hollywood royalty such as Tom Hanks (Electric City), Charlize Theron (Charlize Theron Gets Hacked) and Jerry Seinfeld (Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee). The awards results will be announced today at 5pm, with the ceremony taking place in New York on 21 May.
The original story behind Cuckoo, written by Nikki Racklin, with a script written by Racklin and the show’s talented director Danann Breathnach, tells the tale of Niamh Keegan, a disaffected teenager who becomes convinced that her parents snatched her as a toddler. Forthcoming storylines, to be played out when the series hits our TV screens, promise a host of twists and turns involving Cuckoo’s intriguing characters.