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Puttnam Award-winning Irish short Wireless to have its first official selection at the prestigious LA Shorts International Film Festival
15 Jul 2022 : News Desk
Ziggy (Rose Henderson) and Teddy (Pat Nolan) in Wireless.
Wireless, winner of the inaugural 2021 David & Patsy Puttnam Screenplay Award, will have its first official selection at the 26th BAFTA qualifying LA Shorts International Film Festival.

The comedy will screen alongside over 400 films from over 40 countries at LA Shorts with the festival ranking among the most prestigious and largest festivals in the world. It is also accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Spain. Each year the festival attracts 10,000 attendees, including Hollywood industry professionals and emerging undiscovered independent talent.

Written and directed by Brian Benjamin Dwyer who also produced with Darren O’ Mahony and Sinead O’Riordan, Wireless stars Pat Nolan, Rose Henderson, and Shane Casey. 

The comedy follows the shenanigans of an older couple, Ziggy (Rose Henderson) and Teddy (Pat Nolan), as they hear the news of the 2-kilometre travel restrictions and realise they are alone on the island.

Shot on Sherkin island the film boasts some incredible West Cork scenery and coastlines. 

When the Puttnam award was announced, it stated that screenplays must deal with covid and “the new normal” and must be set in West Cork. "In reality, there was nothing normal about what we were going through, so I thought about what the most abnormal thing was and immediately the 2k limit on movement came to mind. That is something I, and I am sure most other people, have never experienced. It was completely surreal,” said writer/director Brian Benjamin Dwyer.

“From there I just thought about the idea of being the only people within that 2k limit and what that would feel like and the characters of Ziggy and Teddy arose from that. I also wanted it to be older characters in love because I felt it was far more interesting than a young couple and simply made more sense in terms of living a more isolated life and that gave the story more credibility,” Dwyer added.

“The plot twist of the story is based on my own experience of being able to go outside of that 2k for work but I won’t give away the ending!” the director added. “I am so honoured that Wireless has been selected to screen at LA Shorts International Film Festival. For this to be our first festival selection is just incredible. One of the best short film festivals in the world!"

As noted by a recent review from Film Ireland, the chemistry between Rose and Pat is electric. Of course, both actors are no strangers to each other having both toured extensively with their play Take Off Your Cornflakes; “Wireless is unbridled happiness – an ode to unrestrained child-like delight. Rose Henderson and Pat Nolan are wonderful to watch”.

Wireless had its world premiere at the inaugural Fastnet Film Festival in May, receiving a warm reception with audiences. 

It will screen on July 17th as part of the LA Shorts International Film Festival Digital Edition.

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