Set over a long bank holiday weekend, misfit teenager, Joey Moody, returns to his home town in a bid to reopen his family’s crumbling caravan park and salvage his friendship with his best friend, Lanks. Meanwhile, on a mission to find the money to cover his wife’s medical expenses, Ronald Tanner, a fractured soul, risks his meagre life savings on a get rich quick scheme that ends in abject failure and humiliation at the hands of local big shot Gits Hegarty, pushing Ronald over the edge and off the wagon. After Joey accidentally burns down Ronald’s camper van and is forced to find the cash to repay him, the strange pair find themselves bonded together in misfortune. In an effort to change their shabby circumstances they concoct a plan to rob the Pleasurama, the local amusement arcade, and the domain of the iniquitous Gits.
Gemma Creagh chats to Morgan Bushe about The Belly of the Whale, his debut feature as a director and Lewis MacDougall about his role as Joey.
Love Eternal, which was partially shot in Cobh, County Cork, will have its Cork premiere as opening film of the Twisted Celluloid Film Festival in the Triskel Arts Centre on Thursday 15th May. Actress Emma Eliza Regan will introduce this special screening of Love Eternal.
Love Eternal, directed by Brendan Muldowney (Savage), recently won the Dublin Film Critics Circle Best Irish Feature Award at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, and will be released in Irish cinemas by Wildcard Distribution on July 4th.
Featuring the Emmy-nominated Dutch actor, Robert de Hoog, and Scottish actress Pollyanna McIntosh, and based on the Japanese novel In Love With The Dead, from acclaimed author Kei Oishi (Apartment 1303, The Last Supper), the film centres on an isolated and death-fixated young man who tries to make sense of the world, and his existence, in the only way he knows how…by getting closer to death.
Love Eternal was produced by Conor Barry, Morgan Bushe and Macdara Kelleher at Fastnet Films, with Luxembourg co-producers Red Lion, Dutch co-producers Rinkel Film, TO Entertainment from Japan, with support from the Irish Film Board / Bord Scannán na hÉireann, the Film Fund Luxembourg, the Netherlands Film Fund and Atlantic Screen Music.
Morgan Bushe of Fastnet Films has been selected by the Irish Film Board to take part in European Film Promotion’s (EFP) Cannes-based programme Producers on the Move – a group of 25 dynamic and handpicked producers from across Europe who will take part in EFP’s networking platform between 19 – 22 May during the Cannes International Film Festival (16 – 27May) – some with films in the festival’s sections. For the first time, EFP will be welcoming a producer from Georgia, its youngest member country. In its 13th year, Producers on the Move is again financially backed by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union and the participating EFP member organisations.
Bushe is currently in post-production on Andrew Gallimore’s Gentleman Prizefighter and Brendan Muldowney’s Love Eternal.