Dáithí agus Goliath is a new twist on an old story, taking old enemies David and Goliath and reimagining them in Ireland in the time of the Celts. The computer animation lasts 17 minutes and its story begins with the young boy of the title returning home to find his house abandoned and family missing. He thinks his family have gone off without a thought for him as usual but what he doesn’t know is that they have been kidnapped by Goliath, a foreign slaver, and when Dáithí stumbles across this stranger’s camp later on, time is against him to save his family from his cruel clutches.

Although distinctly Irish in character, this short film nonetheless has its eye on an international audience, having recently been submitted for consideration to the Cannes Film Festival.

Dáithí agus Goliath is the creation of Gerald O’Brien, a director and animator from Cork, and is the first film by his up-and-coming production company Gobstar Film. It is Gobstar Film’s aim to produce Hollywood-standard films on a low budget through using the latest technology and special effects. Featuring a script written by Pat O’Brien, it uses voice-acting talent from Cork Gaelscoileanna as well as a beautiful music score by Cork musicians. Dáithí agus Goliath was funded by Cork City Council, Arts Office, and was made in association with the Cork School of Music, CIT Crawford School of Art and Design, and Hochschule, Darmstadt. The Irish premiere is about showcasing Dáithí agus Goliath at home before it goes on tour on the international film festival circuit as well as generating industry-interest in Gobstar film for future productions.

Details of Event:

Film premiere of animated short Dáithí agus Goliath:

Saturday, 7pm March 24, 2012

Curtis Auditorium,

CIT Cork School of Music,

Union Quay,


Title: World premiere of animated short film; Daithi agus Goliath.

Run Time: 7pm-9.30pm.


The doors will open at 7pm. At 7.15pm Daithi agus Goliath will be screened; running time 17 minutes. The screening will be immediately followed by a “behind the scenes” documentary; running time 30 minutes. Reception at 8.15pm (Wine, tea/coffee, and mineral refreshments will be served.)


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