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Johnny O’Reilly Teams With Mike Figgis For ‘COMA’
23 Nov 2005 :

A scene from Coma

Irish writer/director Johnny O’Reilly has just completed production on a feature length film, ‘COMA’, with acclaimed British director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas, Timecode).

Co-written and directed by O’Reilly, Figgis and Slovenian director Hanna Slak, ‘COMA’ is an

experimental drama following a group of aspiring filmmakers (the COMA group) as they attempt to make a feature film from scratch in 7 days with some unexpected consequences.

The ‘mocumentary’ is a result of a 2004 master-class hosted by Figgis at the European Film Academy in Slovenia. The idea was to make a film in one week using DV CAM technology alongside Panasonic cameras and Apple computers. The 93 minute documentary charts various real, fictional and scripted elements of the week.

The film has secured a theatrical release in the UK and Ireland through Redbus Films distribution. Sales Agent, Frank Mannion has also sold the film to other territories including Italy, Israel, New Zealand and the Benelux countries.

Johnny O’Reilly who also directed the short films ‘3 Minute 4 Play’ and ‘The Terms’ says of the film “It was a great privilege to work on this project. Mike really opened my eyes to new ways of filmmaking. It was such a great challenge to write, direct and edit a feature film in one week. And I’m really happy the film has been so widely distributed.”

Mike Figgis stated: "It was a real challenge to try and make a film in a week with 20 extremely talented film makers from all over Europe (none of whom knew each other). At times it got a bit crazy but the energy level was extraordinary. The result is something unique, I think, and extends ideas that came up in ‘Timecode’ and ‘Hotel’."

www.coma-film.com



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