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Production News 10/06/99
10 Jun 1999 :
Seeing as how half the Dublin film crew I meet seem to spend their summer week-ends in Galway or Roundstone I thought I'd give this instalment of the production news over to what's going on West of the Shannon at the moment, so those of you considering a life change can get your C.V.'s out…..

Starting shooting in July is Dublin born director (and Colaiste Dhulaigh graduate) Eoin Moore's follow up to his gritty debut Breaking Even. Provisionally entitled 'Connemara' it's a love triangle tale about a German who moves to said province. Confirmed casting to date includes Rosaleen Linehan, and the feature length drama will be shot on Super 16mm.

Concorde Anois Teo have been quite since finishing up 'The Club', a period drama starring Jonathan Pryce based on the tale by Robert Louis Stevenson. They had originally intended to re shoot one of their earlier Galway epics, 'Spectre', but that seems to have fallen by the wayside and now the rumour mill suggests an 'action film' that will be shot on Digi Beta as an 'experiment'…

Magma Teo are also prepping for a feature being shot for German T.V.in July; 'Downshifting'or 'Caislain Claus' depending on who you talk to. A romantic comedy about a German who moves to rural Ireland (look on the bright side; if either this or Eoin Moore's film are a huge success the West will be owned by Germans by 2002.). It's to be directed by Trevor O'Clochartaigh and produced by Ralph Christians and Kate Ni Fhlatharta. Magma recently achieved a major success by flogging all 26 half hour episodes of their animation series 'Pigs Next Door' to the US Fox channel in a prime time slot…

Hofnaflus Teo have been busy also. They recently completed some Irish location work on a pilot for a British series called 'Dreamers', allegedly an X-Files type scenario and are currently prepping 'Finklestein', which starts shooting on July 12th for 8 weeks. It's a story about a movie producer who arrives to film in the West with notions of Irish stereotypes and finds himself 'Irish R.M'd' out of it, and they're shooting it on Super 35mm !

Meanwhile the documentary scene is flourishing also. Power Pictures and Pat Comer are teaming up again to follow on the success of their 'A Year 'Til Sunday' documentary with a six part commission for RTE called "The Green Green Grass of Home", which takes six different Irish comedien(nes) to the home towns they were reared in to look for the source of their stand up, so to speak. Included to date are the d'Unbelievables, Pauline McGlynn and Tommy Tiernan and the series airs in the Autumn.

Director Paddy O'Connor's True Lives documentary "The Gamble", about his elderly parents raising a litter of greyhounds, won the Best Documentary Award at the Arizona International Film Festival in April and Paddy is currently shooting his fly-on-the-wall documentary on the Galway Rowing Club. Also on the award scene, director Pat Collins's documentary 'Michael Hartnett: Necklace of Wrens' picked up the Bronze Award for Biographical Documentary at the Worldfest in Hueston.

And Parzival Productions having picked up the Best First Time Director Award for P.J. Dillon's 'Most Important' at the Celtic Film & T.V. Festival have seen their 'Short Cut' nominated in the Best Short Film Category for the forthcoming BANFF Television Festival. To celebrate, writer directing P.J.Dillon is shooting a 2 minute 35mm drama called 'Headwrecker'; a two hander with Frankie McCafferty and Billy Roche, to be co-produced by Parzival.

Parzival's Tomas Hardiman has teamed up with Power Pictures Dave Power and director Louis Lentin on a project called 'Mission to Israel', a one hour Beta documentary that follows ten of Ireland's foremost visual artists on a trip to Israel this May.

Director Donal Haughey has just completed his one hour documentary 'Books In the Blood', a history of Kenny's book shop, with Hardiman producing and is currently working on a one hour piece entitled 'Silent City', a history of Glasnevin cemetery. Director Eamon Little is busy cutting his half hour documentary "The Furious Walls of Mikuyu Prison', which follows the life of Malawian poet Jack Mapanje from imprisonment for three years under the dictator Dr Hastings Banda to his current life in exile as writer-in-residence at NUI Cork.

On top of that, all three winners of the R.T.E./Galway Film Centre Shorts Awards will be screened at the Galway Film Fleadh this June, a festival for which there should be plenty of empty seats as it appears that the entire film community in the West will be too busy working to attend….

Nicky Fennell

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