‘Last Services’ Screens @ Fastnet


Bertie Brosnan’s new short art-documentary Last Service, funded by the Cork City Arts, will screen at this year’s Fastnet Film Festival.

Last Service is a short documentary that follows a gravedigger on a typical day at work as he imparts a wonderfully beautiful and simple philosophy on life and death.

Bertie Brosnan (Con, Sineater, Jacob Wrestling With The Angel) produced, directed and edited Last Service. Brian O’ Connor (Con, Message) shot it. It was coloured by Phillip Morozov (Sineater, Jacob Wrestling With The Angel, Con). Sound Design by Brian Lane (Date Night, Disappear, Receptive. Totally Receptive) Poster design by Ray Foley.

Bertie Brosnan, who received a film bursary last year for the production of two artistic short films, will see his film screened at this years Fastnet Film Festival as a part of the DC Program. It will screen four times, once each day in different venues around the town of Schull where the festival is taking place.

Screenings are as follows: May 24th 1 pm in The Odeon, May 25th 3 pm in The Metropole, May 26th 1 pm in The Odeon, May 27th 2 pm in The Royal.


Currently, Bertie Brosnan has another short film that is funded by Cork City Arts Council that will be released online with the backing of some local organisations who are tackling homelessness. He is also waiting to hear back from festivals about his feature film titled Con and is in the process of attaining distribution for the same film.

The teaser trailer can be viewed here on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/100007049265978/videos/1924205764491047/



Interview – Bertie Brosnan, writer and director of Sineater



Director Stephen Frears to take part in Fastnet Film Festival 2017

Stephen Frears

Stephen Frears, unanimously regarded as one of Britain’s finest directors, will screen his 2 most recent Feature Films in Schull during the Festival, The Programme and Florence Foster Jenkins followed by a Q&A with Greg Dyke.

The Fastnet Film Festival which will take place in Schull fromWednesday the 24th to the Sunday the 28th of May 2017, is a major showcase for Irish and International short film production. It focuses on the craft of film and has been held in high regard on a local, national and international level for several years.  The festival will run a series of Seminars, Masterclasses and Workshops covering, Lighting, Screenwriting, Casting, Auditioning, Score Composing, Film Ethics, Filming Conflict, Animation, Creating Content on Your Mobile, Set Design, Short to Feature, Costume and more. Also, featured at the festival will be in excess of 400 screenings, Local Interest Films and World Cinema Programmes.

Other guests taking part include: David Puttnam, Juanita Wilson, Jim Sheridan, Joan Bergin, Lenny Abrahamson, Joan Bergin, Kevin Brownlow, and Carl Davis. The line up this year is unprecedented with over 70 expert guests. Fringe events include the Long Island Cinema, Filmmkers Hub, CornerTalk, Live music, Drama, Movie Quiz, Café viewing, Silent Cinemas, high quality free family entertainment and much more.

Stpehen Frears made his name in TV drama for the first 15 years of his career, turning to cinema, shooting ‘The Hit’ starring Terence Stamp, John Hurt and Tim Roth, then, ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ for Channel 4, which crossed over to the big-screen. After directing ‘Sammy and Rosie Get Laid’, and ‘Prick up Your Ears’, he began working in Hollywood with ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ and ‘The Grifters’. Returning closer to home, he directed ‘The Snapper’, ‘The Van’, ‘Dirty Pretty Things’ and ‘Mrs Henderson Presents’. Nominated for a second Oscar with ‘The queen’ in 2006 and 4 Oscar nominations for ‘Philomena’. His most recent films being screened at the festival The Program and nominated for 2 Oscars, Florence Foster Jenkins and in post-production Victoria and Abdul.

Friday 26th 20.00 – 22.00 Palace Cinema

Screening of ‘The Program’ 143 mins, 2015

Directed by Multi Award Winning Stephen Frears (Florence Foster Jenkins, The Queen, Philomena, the Van, The Snapper etc), comes the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most controversial men, Lance Armstrong. Following a gruelling battle with cancer, Lance returned to cycling in 1999. Team director Johan Bruyneel developed the most sophisticated doping program in the history of the sport, allowing Lance and his teammates win The Tour an unprecedented seven times.

Sunday Times journalist, David Walsh cost The Sunday Times, hundreds of thousands of euro in legal bills, eventually uncovering the truth. Featuring a stellar cast Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet and Jesse Plemons, THE PROGRAM is thriller full of suspense. €5

Sunday 28th 15.00 – 17.00 Palace Cinema

Screening of Florence Foster Jenkins Directed by Stephen Frears

111mins 2016

Starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant the film tells the improbable story of, a real-life New York socialite, who pronounced herself a coloratura soprano despite a distinct lack of talent. An affectionate portrait of the elderly heiress, her aspirations and her illusions as singer and lover. Money goes a long way toward bolstering any delusion, and in 1944 Jenkins bought her way to Carnegie Hall, performing an awful concert that became the stuff of legend.

Hugh Grant plays her romantic partner and enabler, St. Clair Bayfield, who pays off critics, making sure her recitals are packed with only sympathetic ears and tucks her into bed at night before running off to his mistress (Rebecca Ferguson).


PDF of the Full programme available online www.fastnetfilmfestival.com


‘The Clockmaker’s Dream’ Wins at Fastnet Film Festival


Joe Mullins_Cashell Horgan

Actor Joe Mullins & director Cashell-Horgan

The Clockmaker’s Dream won Best Irish Short Film and Best Arthouse at the Fastnet Film Festival at Schull, Co. Cork.

The film was described by category judge writer/filmmaker Patrick McCabe as a “fearless and humorous poetry, an obvious affection for tradition, Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson and Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman, a steampunk glittering wonder, and deserves all accolades.”

Director Cashell Horgan said, “it was a great honour to be part of Fastnet. We had such a blast. Well done to everyone for all the hard work, you must all be exhausted but very proud. Fastnet is marked no 1 on my calendar.  What a great spirit. Everyone I met raved how great the festival is, which is is an amazing achievement!”


Starring Joe Mullins (Pilgrim Hill) and narrated by Jared Harris (Fringe, Mad man, Sherlock Holmes, Lincoln), The Clockmaker’s Dream is a live action/animation hybrid about true love, a tale from a mechanical world. It was funded by Limerick City of Culture and produced by Made Image Films.




Call For: Entries for Fastnet Film Festival


The Fastnet Film Festival have announced a ‘Call for Entries’ for their 8th Film Festival, which will be held in Schull 25th-29th of May 2016. Prize fund €8,000+

Submission guidelines

  • All submission entries must have been completed no earlier than 1st January 2014
  • The submission entry should not have been entered into FFF in previous years.
  • All submission entries will be watched and evaluated by our team of Selection Judges. Submitters will then be advised if their film has been selected to go further in the competition.
  • All entries submitted will be screened at least 5 times throughout the village of Schull during the festival, as long as the film abides by the rules and regulations.
  • Submissions through http://www.fastnetshortfilmfestival.com/your-films/ or www.withoutabox.com.

Important dates

  • 31 October 2015 – deadline for earlybird special €20
  • 31 January 2016 – deadline regular submission €25
  • 7 February 2016 – deadline late entry €30
  • 14 February 2016 – deadline last entry €50
  • 25 May 2016 – 8th Annual Fastnet Film Festival Opens
  • 28 May 2016– Short list in each category announced
  • 29 May 2016– Short listed films screened
  • 29 May 2016– FFF 2016 Awards ceremony

2016 Category prizes 

BEST OF FESTIVAL – Cash Prize €2,000 and an original Pat Connor sculpture
BEST IRISH SHORT FILM – Cash Prize €1,250
BEST YOUNG FILMMAKER (Under 22) – Cash Prize €1,250
BEST JUNIOR FILMMAKER (Under 17) – Cash Prize €500
BEST MADE IN CORK – Cash Prize €500 (Sponsored by Cork County Council)
BEST DRAMA – Cash Prize €200
BEST COMEDY – Cash Prize €200
BEST DOCUMENTARY – Cash Prize €200
BEST ART HOUSE – Cash Prize €200
BEST ANIMATION – Cash Prize €200
BEST DIRECTION – Cash Prize €250
BEST SCREENPLAY – Cash Prize €250

Further info please visit www.fastnetshortfilmfestival.com