Gravitas Ventures Acquires ‘Lost & Found’.

Irish Writer/Director Liam O Mochain’s 3rd feature film Lost & Found has been picked up by Gravitas Ventures for all rights worldwide (excluding Ireland, UK, Australia and New Zealand).  The film was recently acquired by Rialto Film Distribution for AUS/NZ, FILM 4 and High Fliers for the UK and RTE TV in Ireland.  Lost & Found was released in the UK in Oct and Ireland in July. The film had its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh where it sold out instantly, won best foreign film at the Arizona Int. film festival and was a buzz title at the recent 25th Austin Film Festival in early November.

Liam O Mochain (WC, The Book That Wrote Itself) says, “We are delighted to have made a deal with Gravitas Ventures for Lost & Found.  Although just over 10 years old Gravitas have made a huge impact on the industry releasing a lot of great films from fiction to docs from all over the world.  I am really looking forward to audiences in North America getting an opportunity to engage with the film when it is released in theatres in early 2019 and internationally later in 2019”.  

Producer Bernie Grummell adds “We are thrilled, the film was a labour of love for everyone involved over the 5 years of production and it is great that the film will be released by Gravitas to new audiences”. Tony Piantedosi, Director of Acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures said, “Liam crafts a hilarious ensemble comedy full of both small town charm and universal appeal. LOST & FOUND was a highlight of this year’s Austin Film Festival, and we look forward to bringing the film to audiences around the world,”

 

Lost & Found is a feature film with 7 interconnecting stories set in and around a lost & found office of an Irish train station.  All segments are inspired by true stories, share a theme of something lost or found, and characters that come in and out of each other’s lives. .

The ensemble cast includes Norma Sheahan (Moone Boy), Liam Carney (Outlander, Angela’s Ashes), Aoibhin Garrihy (The Fall), Anthony Morris (Games of Thrones), Seamus Hughes (Jimmy’s Hall), Liam O Mochain (WC), Brendan Conroy (Vikings), Barbara Adair (Derry Girls, Grabbers), Sean Flanagan (Foil Arms & Hog), Olga Wehrly (Vivarium, Nightflyers’), Diarmuid Noyes (Borgia, Killing Bono), Lynette Callaghan (The Tudors) and Daniel Costelloe (Albert Nobbs, Magdalene Sisters).

 

 

 

 

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Irish Film Review: Lost & Found

 

DIR/WRI: Liam O Mochain • PRO: Bernie Grummell, Eamonn Norris, Liam O Mochain • DOP: Fionn Comerford • ED: Ciara Brophy • MUS: Richie Buckley • DES: David Wilson • CAST: Liam Ó Mochain, Aoibhin Garrihy, Lynette Callaghan Norma Sheahan, Brendan Conroy

First up, let’s give credit where there’s a hefty dollop of credit due. It takes insane amounts of determination and effort to shoot a feature. It’s an expensive, exhausting and an emotionally-draining process – even with a few bob in the coffers from a funding body. Six years, a heap of Irish talent, and seven neatly-woven stories later, Liam O Mochain has delivered a jaunty gem in Lost and Found. Completely on his own dime, he spliced together simple vignettes and produced something that holds its own against any Irish film released this year.

The format is not dissimilar to the Kevin Smith cult classic, Clerks. These seven stories, also punctuated by title cards, are loosely centred around Daniel, played by Ó Mochain himself. The mayhem begins when this ne’er-do-well starts working at the Lost & Found in a rural train station. The short, self-contained chapters, featuring Daniel and the people he encounters, swing from amusing to maudlin, then back again. Delivering decent foreshadowing, simple dialogue and a neat plot structure, this feature makes for an easy watch once it ramps up.

When penning the script, O Mochain was inspired by true stories that either happened to him, people he knows or things he was told about. With plotlines focusing on Bridezillas; a desperate bar-owner and his cultural appropriation; World War II treasure-hunting; a tragic older gentleman with dementia; and the worst proposal ever, you have to wonder about the company Liam keeps.

There’s a host of familiar faces dappled through the cast, which adds to the energy of the piece as a whole. What’s even more impressive than their solid performances, however, is how something shot over five years manages to keep such consistency.

Although Clerks is the obvious comparison for a piece like this, tonally these films occupy very different realms. Rather than oozing that grungy ‘90s despondency, Lost & Found steers itself towards the earnest and warm. This is quite refreshing in an era where everything is glib and self aware. Whether it’s the classic character archetypes, jaunty music or the rural setting, there’s almost a touch of the ’70s in there. All in all, Lost & Found delivers a rewarding, quirky slice of Irish cinema.

Now, it’s certainly time to see what O Mochain can do with a budget.

 

Gemma Creagh

12A (See IFCO for details)

91 minutes
Lost & Found is released 13th July 2018

 

 

 

 

Liam O Mochain: Writer/Director of ‘Lost & Found’

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‘Lost & Found’ Launches Trailer ahead of Dingle Screening

 

Irish Writer/Director Liam O Mochain’s 3rd feature film Lost & Found will screen on February 23rd at the 2018 Dingle International Film Festival following its successful screenings at the recent IndieCork film festival and it’s sold out world premiere at the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh where Donald Clarke in The Irish Times called it one of ‘the best films from this year’s Galway Film Fleadh’ and Scott Larson from scottmovies.com said the film was ‘reminiscent of Kevin Smith’s Clerks. The stories are, in turn, touching, funny and thoughtful’.

Writer/Director Liam O Mochain (WC, The Book That Wrote itself) says on hearing the news about the Dingle selection “We are delighted to screen at Dingle. It is a great film festival with a strong interest and commitment to film and animation from Ireland and all over the World.  We are also pleased to launch the trailer for the film ahead of it’s screening at Dingle and its’ Irish cinema release in the coming months.  Ciara Brophy and the post production team at Screen Scene did a fantastic job on the trailer and I look forward to people watching it.”

Lost & Found is a feature film with 7 interconnecting stories set in and around a lost & found office of an Irish train station.  All segments are inspired by true stories, share a theme of something lost or found, and characters that come in and out of each other’s lives. It was filmed over 5 years and completed in April 2017. O Mochain says “The cast, crew and post team were great to work with. They were very dedicated to the film and kept coming back every year to work on the next segment. It took 5 years because of the scale of the film and was funded independently.”

The ensemble cast includes Norma Sheahan (‘Moone Boy’), Liam Carney (‘Red Rock’), Aoibhin Garrihy (‘The Fall’), Anthony Morris (‘Games of Thrones’), Seamus Hughes (‘Jimmy’s Hall’), Liam O Mochain (‘WC’), Brendan Conroy (‘Vikings’), Barbara Adair (‘Grabbers’), Sean Flanagan (‘Foil Arms & Hog’), Tom O Suilleabhain (‘Maze’), Olga Wehrly (‘The Clinic’), Diarmuid Noyes (‘Borgia’), Lynette Callaghan (‘Cold Feet’), Daniel Costelloe (‘Albert Nobbs’) and Donncha Crowley (‘Fr. Ted’).

 

 

The 2018 Dingle International Film Festival  runs from March 22nd to 25th 2018.

Liam Ó Mochain: Director of ‘Lost & Found’

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