‘Red Room’ to Open Underground Cinema Film Festival

Director Stephen Gaffney’s horror debut Red Room is set to open this years Underground Cinema Film Festival on August 31st

Red Room observes Kyra, Alison, and Lily – three girls snatched off the streets and held captive in a rural Irish home where they await their turn to enter the Red Room. The film is the final chapter of Gaffney’s “Deep Web Trilogy” – a combination of thriller, crime, drama, and horror which delves into the darkest corners of the Dark Net.

Written by Stephen Gaffney and Erica Keegan, the feature stars Amy Kelly (Red Rock), John D’alessandro (Class-A, Cardboard Gangsters), Eddie Jackson (Game of Thrones), Brian Fortune (Game of Thrones), Alan Sherlock (Lift), and Fionna Twamley-Hewitt (Red Rock, Charlie), alongside Saoirse Doyle (Class-A, Crone Wood), Rodrigo Ternevoy (Fair City), Aisling O’Neill (Fair City), and more.

Red Room is produced by Marc Hughes (Sicario Pictures) and is released by Deep Web Film and will be screened at the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire at 6:30pm on Thursday, August 31st.

Tickets are priced at €10 ($12 USD) and can be purchased via the following link; http://filmfreeway.com/festival/ucff/tickets

 

 

 

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‘Beyond the Woods’ @ Underground Cinema Film Festival

 

Fresh from winning Best Feature Film awards in London and Montreal, Seán Breathnach’s debut horror film is set to get its Dublin premiere at the Underground Cinema Film Festival in Dun Laoghaire on Sunday September 3rd at 1pm.

 

Written and directed by Breathnach, Beyond the Woods tells the story of a gang of friends who meet up for a weekend away in an isolated holiday home in the middle of a forest. Unfortunately for them a fiery sink-hole has opened nearby, roads have been closed and there’s a real stench of sulphur. The friends won’t let a small thing like that spoil their plans to party, but as the weekend progresses some of them start acting out of character, one goes missing and little by little they realise that it’s not just a sinkhole that opened up nearby but something altogether more horrific.

 

The film stars Irene Kelleher (Game of Thrones), Seán McGillicuddy (Game of Thrones), Ross Mac Mahon (Penny Dreadful) and Claire Loy (Casualty).

 

Tickets are available here – https://filmfreeway.com/festival/ucff/tickets

 

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Call For: Submissions for 8th Underground Cinema Film Festival


The Underground Cinema Film Festival takes place in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin in Ireland from August 31st. Over the three days of the festival over 100 independently produced films from all over the world will be screened.

 

Awards & Prizes

  • Best Independent Feature Film
  • Best Independent Short Film
  • Best Student Short Film
  • Best International Short Film
  • Best Animated Short Film
  • Best Documentary
  • Best One Minute Short Film
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Irish Film Review Urban Traffik

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Clare Murray & Damien Guiden

Stephen Porzio looks at Jason Figgis’ feature Urban Traffik. A seemingly homeless man with a dark intent, faces tough choices in Dublin’s underbelly when a free-spirited, intended victim forces him to revaluate his life.

 

Urban Traffik is an interesting movie that, for the most part, rises above its low-budget conception. Set in Dublin, it centres upon Adam (Damien Guiden) and Annie (Claire Blennerhasset), two siblings who become embroiled in illegal activity. Adam works as a “runner” for brothel owner, Dan (Anthony Kirwan). His job is to seduce women on the fringes of society into sex work. Meanwhile, Annie, in between taking care of her and Adam’s now paralysed but previously abusive father, begins a relationship with Dan. However, it’s unclear whether she is aware of her lover’s dodgy dealings.

The movie features an unusually murky but peculiarly striking cinematography. There is an emphasis throughout on the graffiti-strewn backstreets of Dublin, which succeeds in conveying how grim post-recession Ireland can be in certain areas of the city. Yet, despite this, the movie manages to catch the viewer off-guard with a handful of eye-catching images, such as these recurring, dream-like tracking shots of the women Adam “recruits” walking through Dublin’s city centre. Also, the scenes of Ireland’s capital at night, where even huge buildings become obscured by the blackness of the night sky, create a real gloomy atmosphere, mirroring the darkness of its central characters’ lives.

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Damien Guiden as Adam

There is also a pro-women undercurrent to the movie which unexpectedly sneaks up on the viewer. Despite its story’s focus on women being exchanged like currency, Urban Traffik’s female characters are its most interesting. For a large portion of the drama, one thinks writer-director Jason Figgis is setting up his male protagonist as a potential hero. Adam becomes romantically involved with Amy (Clare Murray) who he had originally planned to sell to his employers, putting him in conflict with Dan. However, although one would think Adam would be the person to make a stand against his boss, he instead falters. It is actually Annie who becomes the heroic figure, taking the step her brother would not. Also, at a time where movies such as Noel Clarke’s Brotherhood still get criticised for the gratuitous nakedness of its female characters, it’s refreshing to see a movie dealing with prostitution to feature little to no nudity and not sexualise the portrayal of its victimised women.

In its final moments, the film’s low-budget roots rare their ugly head. Figgis ends on a climactic moment, evoking memories of the finales of Taxi Driver or even the recent Dheepan. However, he employs slow-motion to such an extent that cheapens the movie’s denouement. That said, I think the reason this scene sticks out so much is because it jars with Figgis’ knack for authenticity. He mines very natural performances from his cast, particularly from Blennerhasset and Murray (who both convey so much sadness with limited screen-time), while the world he creates feels real and lived in. He is clearly a writer-director to watch and with a bigger budget could produce something quite special.

 

Urban Traffik premiered at the Underground Cinema Film Festival on 11th September 2016

 

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‘Storm Warning: The Story Of Count Tornado’ Screens at

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Storm Warning: The Story Of Count Tornado will screen at the Underground Cinema Film Festival on Friday, 9th September at 5pm.

 

The  feature-length documentary is a slightly comical, bizarre and very moving story about a well known artist in the Irish music scene called Count Tornado.He has been playing shows since the 1980s and is known by more or less everyone on the Irish music scene. His live performances are known to be completely surreal but extremely entertaining despite the fact many believe he can not play music.

 

According to the film’s director Stephen Corri, “Many people ask if it is all an act or a case of mental issues, the film tries to answer this question.”

 

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‘Don’t Run’ Screens @ Underground Cinema Film Festival

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Don’t Run is a 6-minute short film from Reckoner Productions telling the story of ‘The Architect’ played by Eoin Quinn (Fair City, Portrait of a Zombie, Limp, Mirror Image) who receives a strange call in the middle of the night from someone claiming to be him, giving only one simple message – “Don’t Run.” From here ‘The Architect’ is led to a discovery that will change his fate forever.

Shot on a zero budget, both Alan Dunne (Against The Wall, IDLE) and Eamonn Tutty (Anna, Mirror Image) wanted to create an unnerving story that plays on the mind and stays with you long after the credits.

Don’t Run for me was such a great project to make. We had a small but incredibly talented cast and crew. We wanted to tell an original story that would stay with the audience long after the credits rolled.  Creating the look and feel of the film was a challenge but amazingly it turned out better than we could have imagined. We were able to achieve this by working with our small crew and following strict rules we set for ourselves during the filmmaking process” says Alan Dunne.

“Securing budgets and raising funds is always a hard task, but the worst thing is getting complacent while waiting on news of development. It is important to keep active, hone your skills and practice. I felt this was a piece that could do just that, challenging Alan on a technical level for a vfx heavy piece, challenging ourselves with organising the shoot and getting the best team to push it to completion. Eoin did a fantastic job getting the subtleties and nuances right for the character. The whole team did a great job and you can see it on screen,” says Eamonn Tutty.

“Working on Don’t Run was quite an experience. Not just an acting challenge but also blocking was very important so that post-production would look perfect. It was great to be involved in such an original shoot that I feel will leave the audience scratching their heads” says Eoin Quinn.

The film was directed, edited cinematography by Alan Dunne and written by Alan Dunne and Eamonn Tutty, produced by Alan Dunne and Eamonn Tutty, starring Eoin Quinn, with Sound Op’s from Tadhg Collins & Tom Stafford, sfx mua Niamh O’Malley, music by SL – 88, sound mixing and& mastering by Luis Diaz, and colour grading by Sean Buffini.

Don’t Run will have its official premiere at the Underground Cinema Film Festival in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday September 10th at 3pm in the Royal Marine Hotel.

For tickets, click and follow the link below.

http://www.ucff.ie/

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Call For: Submissions for 7th Underground Cinema Film Festival

Underground Cinema presents a new generation of adventurous independent filmmaking, in which boundaries are explored, pushed and often broken. The festival takes place in the  Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin in Ireland from September 9th to the 11th.

Over the three days the festival will screen over 100 independently produced films from all over the world and host a number of free filmmakers workshops from industry experts and will stage the actors showcase.

Another new addition to this years festival is the short film screenplay competition. The UCFF screenwriting contest is designed to give screenwriters the opportunity to get their scripts into the hands of industry professionals.

 

Awards & Prizes

  • Best Independent Feature Film
  • Best Independent Short Film
  • Best Student Short Film
  • Best International Short Film
  • Best Animated Short Film
  • Best Documentary
  • Best One Minute Short Film
  • Best Irish Short Film Screenplay
  • Best International Short Film Screenplay
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‘Spiders Trap’ Wins Best Feature Film @ Underground Cinema Film Festival

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The 6th Underground Cinema Film Festival came to a close on Sunday night with the awards ceremony that saw Spiders Trap, directed by Alan Walsh, win Best Feature Film.

Spiders Trap follows Steve Wilson, a former criminal with a talent for cracking safes, who finally gets his chance to make things right. As he sits on the edge of a record deal, a childhood friend and brutal manipulator delivers an ultimatum to drag Steve back to a life he left behind.

 

Other winners on the night were:

Best International Feature Film: Imperfect Sky
Best Short Film: Swerve
Best Student Film: Battle
Best International Short: Mediation
Best One Minute Film: Love at First Night
Runner Up One Minute Film: Shot on the Red
Winner of the Actors Showcase: Anto Seery
Runner Up for the Actors Showcase: Cherley Kane

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