New Season of Storyland Launches

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RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen today launched five brand new dramas, for the new season of Storyland on RTÉ Player. Now in its sixth season, Storyland brings original stories to audiences and showcases a great breath of Ireland’s creative talent across writing, acting, producing and directing.

This season features five brand new dramas; a gripping crime drama Costigan, a chilling dystopian drama Dinosaurs, a dark coming of age drama Hot Knives, and comedies Smitten and Quinn & O’Grady.

New and emerging talent featured include the debut of nine year old Ballymena native Luke Walford in Dinosaurs and a directing debut for Brown Bag Films animator Diarmuid Donohoe for Hot Knives.The five Storyland series also feature established names including, actor Rory Keenan in Costigan, currently starring in the BBC drama War and Peace, while the Costigan writer Gary Duggan also wrote RTÉ drama Amber and Costigan’s Director of Photography Tim Fleming is the Director of Photography for Rebellion. Actress Mary Murray who played Janet in Love / Hate stars in Hot Knives, while Smitten actor Gus McDonagh is currently appearing in Rebellion and played Bertie Ahern in RTÉ drama Charlie. Also starring in Smitten is Clare Monnelly who played Fidelma Moone in all three series of Moone Boy. The female leads in the irreverent comedy Quinn & O’Grady are played by Riona O’Connor and Sharon Sexton, also known as the comedy duo The Craic Whores.

 

For the sixth series of Storyland, RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen commissioned five single dramas of up to twenty minutes duration. The five production companies awarded the commissions are Against the Grain Films, Mycrofilms, Out Left Productions, Six Mile Hill Productions and Two Hungry Fish Productions.

The five Storyland dramas are available exclusively on RTÉ Player www.rte.ie/player

 

The dramas commissioned for the sixth season of Storyland are:

Costigan – Crime Drama by Against the Grain Films

Costigan is a female-led crime drama that centres on Vi Costigan, an ex-Garda detective who is released from prison after unjustly serving time for a crime she didn’t commit. Her chequered past is unpeeled as she tries to mend broken relationships and seeks out new opportunities that have dark repercussions. She quickly realises she must adapt her old skills to survive in the radically shifted world she now finds herself in. Costigan is produced by Ailish Bracken and Against the Grain Films. It is written and directed by Gary Duggan. The production took place in Dublin.

https://youtu.be/KHyH7t4Tqg4

Smitten – Comedy Drama by Mycrofilms

Bronagh discovers she’s pregnant on the same day her ex-boyfriend Dave goes missing after a drunken night out. Her new life is put on hold as she searches for him. Can she find him before the news does? And will she be able to reconcile her past with her future? The production company is Mycrofilms and the producer is Ruth Carter. The writer and director is John Morton and the production took place in Kilkenny.

https://youtu.be/5Tut4jB1MYI

Hot Knives – Coming of Age Drama by Out Left Productions

Hot Knives’ is a ‘coming of age’ drama set in 1995, deep in suburban Dublin. Fourteen year-old Charlie lives for his skateboard. To him everything else fades in comparison. But he is forced to take action when his wayward older sister Sam steals vital medicine for their dad. The production company is Out Left Productions and is produced by Richard Keane and Rebecca O’Malley. It is written by Stephen Walsh and directed by Diarmuid Donohoe.

https://youtu.be/OnpldeWKM9c

Dinosaurs – Dystopian Drama by Six Mile Hill Productions

In five years everyone and everything on the planet will die. Until then, all we can do is find a way to survive. Dinosaurs is a gripping ‘pre-apocalyptic’ dystopian drama chronicling the final years of one family on earth as they try to adapt to an ever changing and increasingly dangerous world in an bid to outrun the inevitable. Dinosaurs is produced by Brendan Mullin and Belfast-based production company Six Mile Hill Productions. It is written by Aaron Gray & Paul Skillen and directed by Chris Baugh. Filming took place in Northern Ireland (Belfast and surrounding areas).

https://youtu.be/zgHxKy19-ws

Quinn & O’Grady – Comedy Drama by Two Hungry Fish Productions

 Quinn & O’Grady is an irreverent comedy about a couple of mismatched cops and their efforts to solve the strange goings on in the village of Blackhill. Quinn & O’Grady is produced by Ivan McMahon and Molly O’Driscoll from Two Hungry Fish Productions. It is written by Janet Hayes and Ivan McMahon also directs. The production took place in Offaly.

https://youtu.be/lH1aFXwpW64

 

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Award-Winning Cork Filmmaking Team Launch New RTE Comedy

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A new short comedy series made in Cork city will be premiering on the RTE Player on Monday, February 16 as part of this year’s RTE / Irish Film Board ‘Storyland’ commission.

(R)onanism is the newest project from the multi award-winning Cork filmmaking team of Shaun O’ Connor and Tadhg Hickey. Set in Cork, the show is a comedy drama about Ronan, a guy who falls in love with himself, marries himself and plans to spend the rest of his life with himself! But little does Ronan know that Noddy, a young admirer, has been secretly filming him and posting the videos online. The videos go viral and ‘Ronanism’ reaches cult status — Before things get totally out of hand, Ronan, with the help of his friend Laura must convince Noddy, the ‘Ronanists’, and his cash-obsessed talent manager McPhun that it’s not him they should be following — but themselves.

Written by Tadhg Hickey and directed by Shaun O’ Connor, (R)onanism was shot in various locations in Cork, including Blarney Castle, Fitzgeralds Park, Triskel Christchurch and the Japanese Gardens in Ballinlough.

(R)onanism will be available to watch on the RTE Player website from Monday February the 16th.

 

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Storyland Launch

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Carmen Bryce attended the launch of Storyland to check out the five new original dramas, commissioned by RTÉ and the Irish Film Board.

Now in its fifth season, Storyland offers homegrown talent a platform to tell their story in bitesize portions to an audience hungry for new drama.

In the coming weeks, RTÉ and the Irish Film Board/Bórd Scannan na hEireann will release five new original online dramas for the Storyland series.

Kicking off on January 19, a new series will be released on RTÉ Player every Monday – each containing of four by six-minute episodes.

Close to 200 aspiring and experienced drama production teams who pitched their ideas to make a series for Storyland was whittled down to five – Black Sheep Productions, Blinder Films, Deadpan Pictures, Fantastic Films and Stirling Film and Television Productions.

From black comedy Burning Wishes to crime drama Farr – each series offers something very different in way of plot and pace, but all promise to hook us in with something fresh and compelling.

Aidan Largely, writer and director of Farr, released on January 26th, said one of the biggest and beneficial challenges of the Storyland project was to contain and develop such gripping drama within six-minute episodes.

“I had to be pretty strict with myself to keep the story sharp and compelling within a few minutes, which is a great thing to practice as a writer. Each episode of Farr is different from the other, has a different feel to it, a different pace – but has conflict of the heart hardwired into the whole story,” said Aidan.

According to David Crean, Drama Development Executive for RTÉ Television, there is a huge appetite in Ireland for “great drama” in whatever way it chooses to present itself.

He said, “One of the most crucial parts of my role is to spot creative talent, nurture it and give it a voice. If you have a talent and can get it seen, there is a huge appetite for it. Both Love/Hate and Amber show that there’s an enormous appetite in Ireland for great drama, and Storyland is a big part of that story

“These five commissions are a real chance for writers, directors and producers to make a drama that is wholly original and can engage and delight its audience. It’s a launch-pad for drama makers to grow and become the hit makers of tomorrow.”

James Hickey, Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board said, “Television drama plays a vital role in the continuing development of Irish writers, directors and producers in film.

“Storyland shows just how significant the crossover is between TV drama and feature film, and that if you have the talent to create one, you can do the same for the other.”

Storyland has been a springboard for past writers, actors, directors and producers, including Kevin McGahern (Republic of Telly, Hardy Bucks), Paul Duane, Rob Cawley and Gary Duggan (Happy Slapper) who went on to make Amber for RTÉ One and actress Charlie Murphy (Love/Hate) as well as Hardy Bucks who went on to have an RTÉ Two TV series and a feature film.

This may account for the high number of applicants to the new run of Storyland, and a testament to the creative talent chosen to tell us something about the world in a way we haven’t seen before.

 

 

The new Storyland dramas can be watched over the coming five weeks on the Storyland hub on RTÉ Player www.rte.ie/storyland

 

Burning Wishes / Deadpan Pictures

Release Date: Monday, 19th January

Ne’er-do-well brothers Seamus and Martin Geraghty promise to honour their friend Paudie’s deathbed request and scatter his ashes at their favourite childhood spot.  After letting him down in the past, this is one promise to Paudie that Seamus is determined to keep even when Paudie winds up buried instead of being cremated.  Burning Wishes is a black comedy about death, friendship and good ol’ fashioned grave-robbing.

 

 

FARR/ Stirling Film and TV Productions

 

Release Date: Monday, 26th January

 

Farr is a crime drama set in Belfast. It centres on Michael Gallagher, an ambitious young detective who has been promoted to a task force aimed at taking down the city’s most dangerous crime family, the Farrs. As his investigation deepens, a murder of one of the Farrs pushes Michael towards a reckoning with his own dark past. As the bodies and betrayals mount, Michael must choose between destroying the Farrs or saving himself.

 

Ctrl/ Black Sheep Productions

Release Date: Monday, 2nd February

Ctrl is a fast-paced thriller set in Dublin that follows Colin, a brilliant young hacker and his exploits in the world of online hacktivisim. In order to gain the trust of this hactivist group, Colin must jump through various hoops in order to prove himself as he struggles with the consequences of living a secret double life.

Rapt/ Blinder Films

Release Date: Monday, 9th February

Rapt is a sci-fi drama set in a Dublin where, in a single instant, everyone has vanished. Everyone, that is, but paramedic and single mum Ange Smith, who finds herself alone in an empty world and desperate to find her way home to her baby daughter. Except the world isn’t as empty as she might have thought – strange and dangerous forces are on the prowl…

(R)onanism / Fantastic Films

 

Release Date: Monday, 16th February

 

Set in Cork, (R)onanism is a comedy drama about Ronan, a guy who falls in love with himself, marries himself and plans to spend the rest of his life with himself! But little does Ronan know that Noddy, the first self-proclaimed ‘ronanist’, has been secretly filming him and posting the videos online. When the videos go viral, Ronan turns to his friend Laura for help as cash-obsessed talent manager McPhun tries to exploit Ronan’s new found popularity.

 

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Successful Storyland Commissioning Projects Announced

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RTÉ Drama and Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board today announced the commission of five new original dramas for the new season of Storyland.

Close to 200 aspiring and experienced drama production teams pitched their ideas to make a series for Storyland, which looks to develop new TV drama talent.

The five production companies who have been awarded the commissions are Black Sheep Productions, Blinder Films, Deadpan Pictures, Fantastic Films and Stirling Film and Television Productions.

In a change to previous years the five series will be commissioned in full, each consisting of four by six minute episodes.

The 5 Storyland series that have been commissioned are :

CTRL.ALT.DEL.

Production Company: Black Sheep Productions

Producers: John Wallace & Emmet Fleming

Writer: Matthew Roche

Director: Brian Deane

A brilliant young hacker must prove himself to an elite hacktivist group in order to gain their trust and help secure his freedom.

Production taking place in Dublin

Rapt

Production Company: Blinder Films

Producer: Yvonne Donohoe

Writer: Devin John Doyle

Director: Kieron J. Walsh

When everyone in Dublin vanishes in an instant, paramedic Angela Smith is left entirely alone – even her baby daughter has disappeared – but then she starts to receive mysterious messages and she realises there are even darker forces at work.

Production taking place in Dublin

Burning Wishes

Production Company: Deadpan Pictures

Producer: Ailish McElmeel

Writer: Cian McGarrigle

Director: Vincent Gallagher

Burning Wishes is a black comedy about death, friendship and good ol’ fashioned grave-robbing.

Production taking place in Dublin

(R)onanism

Production Company: Fantastic Films

Producers: Deirdre Levins

Writer: Tadhg Hickey

Director: Shaun O’ Connor

(R)onanism is the story of RONAN, a guy who’s involved in a romantic relationship with himself.

Production taking place in Cork

Farr

Production Company: Stirling Film and Television Productions

Producer: Margaret McGoldrick

Writers : Aidan Largey and Shaun Blaney

Director Aidan Largey

A young police officer, investigating the city’s most dangerous crime family, is conflicted when the investigation may mean destroying his own career.

Production taking place in Belfast

 

 

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RTÉ Drama and the Irish Film Board launch Storyland 2014

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RTÉ Drama and Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board have launched the new season of Storyland, an innovative commissioning project that will see five series of four-part webisodes commissioned for RTÉ Player.

Aspiring and experienced drama production teams are invited to pitch their ideas to make one of five series.

An information Open Day will be held in RTÉ for TV, film and digital content professionals on Wednesday, June 4th, and the closing date for submissions is Thursday, July 31st. Places for the Open Day must be reserved in advance by emailing storyland2014@rte.ie.

 

Click here for more details.

 

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Voting kicks off in final of RTÉ’s Storyland

The final round of webisodes in this year’s Storyland competition have gone online at www.rte.ie/storyland. Fans can finally find out what happens in the last instalments from Student Teacher, The Begrudgers and Trouble Times Three. The public will decide which of these three finalists they want to see crowned the overall winner of the RTÉ drama competition.

 

Now in its third year Storyland is an online drama competition which offers new talent the opportunity to develop a drama series online. Previous winners have been The Hardy Bucks in 2009 and Zombie Bashers in 2010 and Lucky Run in 2011. Over the last three months eight shortlisted dramas have battled it out episode-by-episode with the public voting for which dramas they wanted to be given the opportunity to make subsequent episodes.

 

To view the final instalments in the dramas and vote go to www.rte.ie/storyland. Voting opened this morning at 10am and will continue until next Monday 4 June at 9pm.

 

The overall competition winner will be announced on Tuesday 5 June.

 

-Details on the finalists in Storyland 2012-

 

 Student Teacher

 

Conor Shaw didn’t have a great time in school. A chronic overachiever, Conor decided to take his Leaving Cert when he was 15 and went straight to college. Now that he’s finished his teaching degree the only place that will take someone so young and weird is his old school where he has to teach his old class who still hate him. Shot in an Athenry school, Student Teacher stars Conor O’Toole, Carol Tobin (The Savage Eye) Neil Molloy (Republic of Telly) and Kevin McGahern (Hardy Bucks).

 

Trouble Times Three

 

Scott (Declan Reynolds) is getting out of Dodge. But he won’t tell his best friend and room-mate Emmalina (Gemma Leah Devereux) why. It’s probably because he has within the last 24 hours found out that he has impregnated both American student, Katie (Audrey Hamilton) and his dole officer, Olivia (Michelle Beamish)! Before he goes though, there might be one more bundle of news to be delivered. Trouble Times Three is shot in Monaghan.

 

The Begrudgers

 

In this Cavan-based drama, Nobby (Shane Carroll) and Snout (Ray Fitzsimons) spend their days perched on the bar-stool resenting, berating and, well, begrudging without any reason nor rhyme. But when Gemma (Brianne Fitzpatrick), an American and George (Will Govan), an Englishman, come into their lives overflowing with enthusiasm and excitement, the Begrudgers might finally get that reason and rhyme after all.

 

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Third round of webisodes go online in RTÉ’s Storyland

Storyland, RTÉ’s online drama competition,  launched its third round yesterday, with new webisodes of Hysteria, Student Teacher, The Begrudgers and Trouble Times Three going online to compete for a place in the final. Voting opened yesterday morning and will close on Sunday 29 April at 9pm. The two series with the least number of votes will then be eliminated and the remaining two series will go on to make their final webisode. The winner of Storyland 2012 will be announced on 5 June.

 

To view the next instalments in the dramas and vote go to www.rte.ie/storyland.

 

-Details on four dramas in Storyland-

 

Hysteria

 

A lethal virus has wiped out millions of people worldwide. Pregnant women are the carriers. With no known cure, containment is the only option. Pregnancy is now outlawed. Starring Grace Kelley as Alison and Jenny Ni Chleirigh as Kate.

 

Student Teacher

 

Conor Shaw didn’t have a great time in school. A chronic overachiever, Conor decided to take his Leaving Cert when he was 15 and went straight to college. Now that he’s finished his teaching degree the only place that will take someone so young and weird is his old school where he has to teach his old class who still hate him. Starring Conor O’Toole, Carol Tobin (The Savage Eye) Neil Molloy (Republic of Telly) and Kevin McGahern (Hardy Bucks).

Trouble Times Three

 

Scott (Declan Reynolds) is getting out of Dodge.  But he won’t tell his best friend and room-mate Emmalina (Gemma Leah Devereux) why. It’s probably because he has within the last 24 hours found out that he has impregnated both American student, Katie (Audrey Hamilton) and his dole officer, Olivia (Michelle Beamish)! Before he goes though, there might be one more bundle of news to be delivered.

 

The Begrudgers

 

Nobby (Shane Carroll) and Snout (Ray Fitzsimons) spend their days perched on the bar-stool resenting, berating and, well, begrudging without any reason nor rhyme. But when Gemma (Brianne Fitzpatrick), an American and George (Will Govan), an Englishman, come into their lives overflowing with enthusiasm and excitement, the Begrudgers might finally get that reason and rhyme after all.

 

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RTÉ’s Storyland launches second round of webisodes

Storyland, RTÉ’s online drama competition, launched the second round of the contest with new webisodes going online to compete for the public’s affections and get through to the next round.

Voting opened yesterday morning and closes at 9pm on Sunday 25 March. The two series with the least number of votes will then be eliminated and the remaining four series will go on to make their third webisode. To view the next instalments in the six dramas and vote go to www.rte.ie/storyland.

The six dramas in the competition are:

Hysteria

A lethal virus has wiped out millions of people worldwide. Pregnant women are the carriers. With no known cure, containment is the only option. Pregnancy is now outlawed. Starring Grace Kelley as Alison and Jenny Ni Chleirigh as Kate.

Student Teacher

Conor Shaw didn’t have a great time in school. A chronic overachiever, Conor decided to take his Leaving Cert when he was 15 and went straight to college. Now that he’s finished his teaching degree the only place that will take someone so young and weird is his old school where he has to teach his old class who still hate him. Starring Conor O’Toole, Carol Tobin (The Savage Eye) Neil Molloy (Republic of Telly) and Kevin McGahern (Hardy Bucks).

Talk it out

A comedy centred around Martin (Mark Doherty, A Film With Me in It) a hapless therapist coming under pressure when a rival hypnotherapist moves in next door and begins stealing his business.  When he starts taking advice from one of his own patients, Ray (Bernard O’Shea, Republic of Telly), things soon spiral out of control. Other main cast includes Peter Coonan and Aoibhinn McGinnity from Love/Hate.

Trouble Times Three

Scott (Declan Reynolds) is getting out of Dodge.  But he won’t tell his best friend and room-mate Emmalina (Gemma Leah Devereux) why. It’s probably because he has within the last 24 hours found out that he has impregnated both American student, Katie (Audrey Hamilton) and his dole officer, Olivia (Michelle Beamish)! Before he goes though, there might be one more bundle of news to be delivered.

The Begrudgers

Nobby (Shane Carroll) and Snout (Ray Fitzsimons) spend their days perched on the bar-stool resenting, berating and, well, begrudging without any reason nor rhyme. But when Gemma (Brianne Fitzpatrick), an American and George (Will Govan), an Englishman, come into their lives overflowing with enthusiasm and excitement, the Begrudgers might finally get that reason and rhyme after all.

Cuckoo

Rebellious, copper-haired teenager Niamh Keegan 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 begins 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?

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