Northern Ireland Screen congratulates all the film-makers from Northern Ireland whose films have been selected for the 2012 Galway Film Fleadh (details of screenings below).
Northern Ireland Screen is hosting a lunch on Friday 13th July and would like to hear from any Northern Ireland filmmakers attending the Fleadh. Please email Mary McGlinchey, Marketing Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an invitation.
The Fleadh will open with Jon Wright’s GRABBERS on Tuesday 10th July in the Town Hall at 7.30pm. Grabbers, which filmed on location in Belfast and Donegal, follows residents of an idyllic Irish fishing village are attacked by mysterious, blood-sucking sea creatures, a high blood alcohol content could be the only thing that gets them through the night. Written by Kevin Lehane (The Fourth Wall, Gonnabes), Grabbers stars Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey, Lalor Roddy and Bronagh Gallagher.
THE GOOD MAN will have its world premiere at Galway on Thursday 12th July in the Town Hall Theatre at 9pm. Filmed on location in Belfast and South Africa, the plot weaves together the two interconnecting stories of Michael, an up-and-coming Belfast banker wracked with guilt after causing a stranger’s death in an accident, and Sifiso, a young South African man growing up in the townships. The film is written and directed by Phil Harrison and produced by Susan Picken. An accomplished cast includes Aidan Gillen (Michael), Kelly Campbell, Lalor Roddy and Jonathan Harden.
JUMP will screen on Friday 13th July at the Town Hall Theatre at 7pm. Jump follows the lives of four twenty-somethings whose lives collide one fateful New Year’s Eve amidst the ancient walls of Derry in a night of fast talk, accidents and intrigue. Crime-boss daughter Greta is rescued from suicide by drifter Pearse who is on a mission to avenge his brother’s mysterious death. Johnny, a small time crook, and Marie, a frustrated shop assistant, are both looking for a fresh start. As the clock ticks down to midnight and the night’s events fall into place, Jump weaves an existential portrait of our characters’ lives as their hopes, fears and secrets are revealed. Jump is directed by Kieron J. Walsh and boasts an ensemble cast of local actors including stars Martin McCann (Killing Bono, Whole Lotta Sole), Richard Dormer (Good Vibrations), Ciaran McMenamin (Saving the Titanic), Charlene McKenna, Lalor Ruddy and Valene Kane.
GOOD VIBRATIONS will screen on Saturday 14th July in the Town Hall Theatre at 9pm. Good Vibrations follows the story of Belfast music legend Terri Hooley, the film stars Richard Dormer in the title role (Five Minutes of Heaven), Jodie Whittaker (One Day), Liam Cunningham (Hunger), Dylan Moran (A Cock and Bull Story) and Adrian Dunbar (The Crying Game). The Good Vibrations key creative team hail from Northern Ireland including husband and wife directing team Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn (Cherrybomb). With a script by writers Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson, it is produced by Andrew Eaton (The Trip) and Chris Martin (Peacefire). David Holmes (Ocean's Eleven) is also on the producing team and will provide the score.
Grabbers, Jump and Good Vibrations received finance from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund
Also screening at Galway are a selection of Northern Ireland shorts: Jogged, The Attendant, Kiss and Eyeline.
JOGGED directed by Richard Crawford will screen in the New Irish Shorts Drama Programme 2 on Thursday 12th July at 12 noon in the Town Hall Theatre. On a lonely windswept moor, a long-distance runner comes across a locked car with the engine running and the driver slumped unconscious over the wheel. What does he do?
THE ATTENDANT directed by Ian Beattie will screen in the New Irish Shorts Drama Programme 3 on Friday 13th July at 9.30am in the Town Hall Theatre. Frankie is a car-park attendant and his friend Cathy is in trouble. But, as he tells her, ‘something will always turn up’.
KISS directed by Cathy Brady will screen in the New Irish Shorts Drama Programme 5 on Saturday 14th July at 10am in the Town Hall Theatre. It’s the last night of the funfair and Laura and Claire are out to impress the boy on the Waltzer. But with Laura’s little brother in tow, the evening soon spirals out of control.
EYELINE directed by Ryan Tohill and Andrew Tohill will screen in the New Irish Shorts Drama Programme 6 on Saturday 14th July at 12 noon in the Town Hall Theatre. A visit for afternoon coffee takes an unexpected turn when Simon locks eyes with a stranger. He becomes entangled in a moral dilemma, forcing him to question the type of person he really is.
Northern Ireland Screen representatives at the Galway Film Fleadh
Andrew Reid, Head of Production
Moyra Lock, Head of Marketing
Roisin Kelleher, Head of Irish Language Broadcast Fund
Ursula Devine, Development Co-ordinator
Paula Campbell, Aim High Co-ordinator
Mary McGlinchey, Marketing Officer
We look forward to seeing you there!