Cork-based comedy troupe and production company, CCCahoots, have just finished their first short film FitzGibbons’ Budget Funerals and are releasing it onto the national and international Film Festival circuit.
The short film, FitzGibbons’ Budget Funerals, is a mockumentary about a Cork family who have detected a gap in the market for affordable funeral services. Teddy (Tadhg Hickey) has a background in grave-digging; his sister Linda (Laura O’ Mahony) is a would-be church musician; and their brother Ken (Dominic MacHale) has been coaxed into tying the whole thing together as Funeral Director. With a documentary crew on the premises, and a eye catching advert in the local paper, all FitzGibbons’ Budget Funerals need now is their first customer.
The film is written and directed by Tadhg Hickey with additional material by Laura ‘O Mahony and Dominic MacHale.
FitzGibbons’ Budget Funerals is produced by Claire O Connell (CCCahoots’ company manager and full-time producer) and Bertie Brosnan, and involves much of the team that made the multi-award winning The Young Offenders, including Patrick Jordan (Director of Photography); Daniel Crowley (Sound Operator) and Dominic MacHale (actor).
The film is fronted by the CCCahoots troupe (Tadhg Hickey, Dominic MacHale & Laura O Mahony). This trio has created, written, and performed all of CCCahoots’ critically appraised output with RTE thus far which amounts to two web series; a successful TV pilot; and contributions to RTE’s biggest comedy show, Republic of Telly:
CCCahoots are currently developing their first sitcom with RTE, as well as preparing for their first national tour. For more details visit www.cccahoots.com.
Director, Tadhg Hickey said: “It was almost surreal to direct my first short film with such an incredible cast and crew. Paddy [Jordan] and the CCCahoots troupe were essentially directing with me so it was a cushy little number truth be told! We believe this is one of the strongest things CCCahoots have done and we can’t wait for people to see it!”
The film is supported by RTE.