Filmbase at Cork

 

Included amongst the line-up of Irish films at this year’s Cork Film Festival (6 – 15 November) are a number of projects coming out of Filmbase.

 

The Filmbase/RTÉ-funded short film Love is a Sting screens on 7th November at 10.00 as part of  Family Shorts  and in Irish Shorts 4: Dead Heat on 12th November at 13:45.


 
At his lowest point, struggling children’s book writer Harold Finch gains an unexpected house guest in the form of Anabel Shine: a 20 year old, hyper-intelligent mosquito.

 

The Filmbase/RTÉ-funded short film Foxglove screens as part of Irish Shorts 2  on 11th November at 18:45 and again in Ireland on Screen on 15th November at 13:00.

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In the wilds of Connemara, an engineer and his daughter are targeted by an ancient and angry force from within the earth itself.

 

The Filmbase/RTÉ-funded short film Leave screens as part of Irish Shorts 3 on 12th November at 12:00.

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A film about random events and their consequences; a film about how your life can change without warning.

 

The Filmbase Masters feature film Monged screens at Cork Film Festival on 13th November at 15:30.


 
Dave is a wannabe drug dealer stuck with a batch of experimental new pills, Ray is a failing club DJ getting by on a daytime radio slot, and socially awkward office worker Bernard just turned up to the wrong party by mistake. When Dave enlists Bernard’s help to test out his new consignment, the weekend descends into a riotous cocktail of narcotics, booze, clubs and parties. Embarking on a series of drug-fuelled misadventures, the three lads get more from the weekend then they’d ever bargained for.

 

The Filmbase Masters feature film Fading Away screens on 14th November at 20:45.

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Ardi, the front-woman in a struggling rock band, has a die-hard belief that her music will change the world – the problem is finding enough of an audience that agrees.

 

Click here for info on all the Irish feature films screening at this year’s festival.

View the full programme for Cork Film Festival 2015.

View the digital brochure here.

 

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IFI Ireland on Sunday Interview: David Prendeville & Brian Quinn, co-directors of ‘Monged’

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Film Ireland spoke to 2 of the 3 co-directors of Monged ahead of the film’s screening at the IFI as part of its monthly showcase for new Irish film. No drugs were taken in the making of this article.

Based on the award-winning play by Gary Duggan, Monged takes place over one drug-fuelled weekend in Dublin and stars Graham Earley, John Connors and Rex Ryan as three mismatched friends. .

Monged was directed by Rory Mullen, David Prendeville and Brian Quinn, and made as part of the Masters in Digital Feature Film Production at Filmbase, which places an emphasis on practical filmmaking to prepare students for a future in film production.

“The course really showed that making a film is entirely doable,” explains Brian. “You get thrown right in the deep end straight away. Our team was responsible for all aspects of the production. Prior to the shoot, we did classes in everything: script writing, pre-production, casting, camera, marketing, funding, music, etc. Then suddenly the powers that be pluck you from the cosy confines of the class room, hurling your feverish limbs into the real world where you have to put what you learned to use. I found the most important thing I learned was how to work with the people around you. Through initial practical class exercises you discover early on who you can trust. Trust is the key component to a healthy relationship and in turn opens up avenues of communication, which, for a director, is everything.”

As one of three directors, Brian animates how they approached the script. “Bash! Mash! Mush! as we squashed our brains together, producing a single cohesive pink wad. Instantly, we tried to intellectually devour the script, harvesting what lay beneath the surface. One of the first things we did as a team was that we wrote down 3 key phrases or words on post-it notes, sticking them in our office wall for all to see. ‘Trapped’, ‘coming of age, ‘duality’ became our story’s spine which would permeate though every directorial decision that was made. This helped to quash out any arbitrary choices so that decisions were solely motivated by story. I find when you make yourself rules or put yourself in a box you become more creative in your approach. Limitation is inspiration. With regard to dividing the script, we thought it best to split scenes among ourselves to direct, thankfully it was an equal spread and straight away we began to prep on our individual scenes.”

In addition to the three lead actors, the film boasts an impressive support cast that includes Aoibhin Garrihy, Clare Dunne, Joe Rooney, Alicia Ayres, Geraldine MacAlinden, Neill Fleming, Gerry Wade, Sharon Skerritt, Shane Robinson and Kyle Hixon. Working with such a cast was something David tells me was one of the highlights of his experience. “We were really fortunate to have such a talented group of actors. The three leads were all phenomenal to work with. They brought a lot of new ideas to the table, that weren’t in the script, and their eagerness to improvise and to create really brought a terrific energy to the film. This really is a film that would live and die by the performances and it was brilliant working with these guys. They are outstanding actors and also their openness, their quick-thinking on set and their creativity made them a pleasure to direct. And it wasn’t just with the leads we were fortunate, all the supporting players did great work on the film and were terrific to work with as well.”

The film is based on the play of the same name by Gary Duggan (RTÉ’s Amber), with a screenplay penned by Barry Dignam. David says, “I don’t think either myself, Brian or Rory were familiar with the play before filming and I think we kind of felt it may be healthier to separate the two mediums and focus on the script we were presented with and let that evolve rather than going back to the play as a point of reference.”

Talking about particular influences the directors brought to bear on the film, David says,we talked a lot about other ‘drugs’ film, such as Trainspotting. The Wolf of Wall Street was a big influence in terms of its gleeful debauchery. We talked also a lot about Boogie Nights in the sense that you go on a journey along with a character into an exciting new world. Also the film has a strong ‘buddy’ element to it and for that we took films such as Withnail and I as a big inspiration.”

Looking back over the whole experience Brian reflects that “the most important thing for a director is preparation, for me it provides personal confidence, ensuring I don’t run around on set like a headless chicken. Though, and here’s the slight contradiction, I find the ability to adapt is on par with prep’s importance. You really have to be prepared to relinquish some of that preparation up to the impromptu mischief of the day of shooting, salvaging the surprises that intensive preparation sometimes sedates.

“When you’re hidden behind closed doors, composing shot-lists, etching ‘n’ sketching storyboards, there’s no way of illustrating reality’s input. I found it hard at times being flexible with my preparation, so it took a while for me to open up my brain’s aperture, letting in the possibilities that may peek.”

 

Monged screens on Sunday, 18th October 2015 at 13.00 as part of the IFI’s Ireland on Sunday monthly showcase for new Irish film.

The cast and crew will attend the screening.

Tickets for Monged are available now from the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 or online at www.ifi.ie

 

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‘Monged’ Completes Shooting

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Monged wrapped principal photography on the 5th May after a 19-day shooting schedule in nearly two dozen Dublin City Centre locations. Directed by Brian Quinn, David Prendeville and Rory Mullen, the film has an extensive cast of up-and-coming young actors, as well as some well known faces.

Monged takes place over one drug-fuelled weekend in Dublin and stars Graham Earley, John Connors and Rex Ryan in the leading roles of Dave, Bernard and Ray – three mismatched friends. Dave owes a debt to pyschotic drug dealer Corkfella (Joe Rooney) to the chagrin of his loving girlfriend Samantha (Aoibhin Garrihy), while Ray is a failed musician turned radio DJ who finds out that his girlfriend Linda (Clare Dunne) is pregnant in the middle of his seemingly endless struggle with his sexuality. Bernard, meanwhile, is the socially awkward office worker with no friends and no clue how to talk to girls until he meets Nadia (Alicja Ayres). After meeting at a house party, these three very different guys enjoy a comically riotous weekend cocktail of narcotics, alcohol and heavy partying – with trouble and crazy situations facing them at every turn.

Based on the play of the same name by Gary Duggan (RTE’s Amber), with a screenplay penned by Barry Dignam, Monged is produced by the students on the MSc Digital Feature Film Production course at Filmbase.

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Filmbase Masters Films In Production

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The students of the Masters in Digital Feature Film Production course at Filmbase are currently working on two feature films for completion later this year.

Monged is a contemporary drama that deals with love, sex and drugs. Dave is a small-time drug dealer pushing a brand new drug; Ray is selling out his musical ambitions for a comfortable slot on the radio; while virgin Bernard just happens to turn up at the wrong house party. Based on the award-winning play by Gary Duggan (Amber, Shibiri) and written by Gary Duggan and Barry Dignam with support from the Irish Film Board Monged is a roller-coaster of a Dublin weekend.

Chasing Your Ghost is the story of Ardi, the front-woman in a struggling rock band with a diehard belief that her music will change the world. After meeting a magical mentor she inadvertently wishes an iconic album out of existence. As she struggles with her music, band and new love, her supernatural mentor proves to be a darker force than she realised. Written by award-winning filmmaker Viko Nikci (Coming Home), Chasing Your Ghost is a rock story with edge and attitude.

Both these films are being made as part of the Filmbase MSc Digital Feature Film Production course. Practical production is a cornerstone of this programme and the two films being made this year will challenge the crews in very different ways. The goal is to produce two feature films capable of propelling everyone involved into careers in feature filmmaking.

If you want to get involved and help the students bring their creativity to the screen, head over to their IndieGoGo page and be a part of the productions.

 

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