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Festival News: Sheffield, LA, Rome & GALA
11 Oct 2010 :
Jared, Jamie, Marlowe & Damien Harris in Los Angeles
‘Burma Soldier’ and ‘Alibi’ receive Sheffield Doc Fest nominations whilst L.A. Irish Film Festival closes with Richard Harris tribute award, feature doc ‘Five Day Shelter’ is nominated at Rome Film Festival and ‘Growing Up Gay’ takes home GALA ‘Event of the Year’ prize.

Sheffield Doc Fest
 
The nominees for the 17th annual Sheffield Doc Fest have been announced and include Irish feature documentary ‘Burma Soldier’ from LeBrocquy Fraser Productions and Still Films’ short documentary, ‘Alibi’, directed by Darren Bolger. The event will take place between the 3rd and 7th November.
Directed by Nic Dunlop, Annie Sundberg (The Devil came on Horseback) and Ricki Stern (The End of America), ‘Burma Soldier’ follows soldier Myo Mint, whose stint in the Burmese army came to an end when an arm and leg were blown away whilst clearing mines. Discharged, he tries to educate himself illicitly through banned books, on why Burma was at war with itself. He soon became an outspoken activist; campaigning against the very regime he used to represent - a dangerous undertaking which soon led to brutal repercussions. The feature doc is nominated at the Sheffield Doc fest in the categories of Doc/EU. 

Produced by Julie LeBrocquy (Osama) for LeBrocquy Fraser Productions and co-financed by the IFB, HBO and Sundance, ‘Burma Soldier’ premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this year where it won the runner up prize for Best Feature Documentary.

Still Film’s short doc, ‘Alibi’ examines the brutal murder of Phyllis Murphy in a small Irish town whilst on her way home to her family for Christmas. When questioned by the police, Paddy gives his friend and workmate John a cover story. Twenty years later Paddy’s lies are exposed through DNA by the police coldcase team and John is arrested for murder. Paddy’s seemingly innocent lie is now an alibi and a close knit community is in turmoil. ‘Alibi’ is nominated at the Sheffield Doc fest in the categories of Doc/EU and Short Docs. It is produced by Caroline Campbell.

The Sheffield Doc Fest looks to celebrate the art and business of documentary making for five intense days in November. Previous Irish documentaries that have screened at the festival include the award-winning ‘Seaview’ and ‘Gabriel Byrne: Stories from Home’. For further information about the festival visit sheffdocfest.com/

L.A. Closes with Tribute to Richard Harris.

The Los Angeles Irish Film Festival came to an end Sunday, October 3rd with the annual Steve Brennan Tribute Award presented by Steve's widow, Bernadette O'Neill, to Jared, Damian and Jamie Harris, the three sons of acclaimed Irish actor Richard Harris (1933-2002), and Harris's young grandson, Marlowe. The ceremony was followed by a screening of Jim Sheridan's ‘The Field’, for which Harris received an Oscar Nomination for his performance as 'Bull' McCabe.  The award plaque was  inscribed with the Bull's enduring words: "My only want is that green grass, that lovely green grass, and you want to take it away from me, and in the sight of God I can't let you do that!"

The Closing Night of the Festival took place at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, after four days of screenings and musical performances. The 2010 Los Angeles Irish Film Festival (LAIFF) ran from Thursday, September 30th to Sunday, October 3rd. The festival played host to the US premieres of Conor McDermottroe’s ‘Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne’ and Alan Gilsenan’s ‘The Yellow Bittern’ produced by John Murray and Anna Rodgers. Other screenings included Paul Fraser’s ‘My Brothers’ and Brendan Byrne’s ‘Ballybrando’.

The Los Angeles Irish film festival is a non-competitive film festival about celebrating the Irish love for story-telling and their deep rooted love for the tellers of tales. For more information about the festival go to www.lairishfilm.com. .

‘Five Day Shelter’

Ensemble drama ‘Five Day Shelter’, written and directed by Ger Leonard (Petrol Country Blues) and produced by Liam O'Neill (Northern Lights) and Villi Ragnarsson (Happy as Larry), has been selected for competition in the Rome Film Festival this year.

Starring John Lynch (The Secret Garden), Kate Dickie (Red Road) and Marcella Plunkett (Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne), the feature was developed in collaboration with RedRay Films Ltd of Donaghadee, which is run by Maeve Mc Adam (Co-producer, Happy as Larry) and Villi Ragnarsson. 

‘Five Day Shelter’ received funding from Northern Ireland Screen supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The feature drama interweaves the lives of several characters in a contemporary urban setting over five days and looks at the interconnectivity of all things in the face of man's inherent isolation, with the themes of human nature and of animal instinct, through a language beyond that of words.

Now in its fifth edition, the international Rome Film Festival is competitive festival which this year runs from 28th of October to November 5th. 

Growing Up Gay’ wins at GALA

Crossing the Line Film’s RTÉ series, ‘Growing up Gay’ has won ‘Event of the Year’ for the GALAs (Gay and Lesbian Awards). The series was directed Aoife Kelleher (No Frontiers), produced by Anna Rodgers (Today is Better than Two Tomorrows) with John Murray as executive producer. Filmed over 18 months the ‘Growing Up Gay’ production team followed the lives of six young people and, in the process, captured the challenging and even hostile experiences which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people face in their everyday lives. The series also looks to explore the more universal experiences of growing up - from the ups and downs of life at home and at school, to friendships and falling in love. ‘Growing up Gay’ was made with the assistance and co-operation of BeLonG To - an organisation which supports young LGBT people.

Following the doc’s nomination director, Aoife Kelleher and producer, Anna Rodgers reacted to the news saying: “We’re really delighted. It’s great to know that it had an impact on people. That a TV series would be regarded as an ‘event’ demonstrates how long overdue it is that young LGBT voices be represented in the Irish media. The nomination is a really positive affirmation for the young people who took part in the series, who with great trust, bravery and honesty shared their stories with all of us. On behalf of all of them, and our team in Crossing the Line we’re really grateful to everyone who voted and thrilled about taking part in the GALAS.

The GALAS, now in their second year, were set up in 2009 by the National Lesbian and Gay Federation to honour lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered people and organisations for their contributions to Irish society, both north and south of the border. The awards are also to honour politicians, employers and other people who are committed to advancing equality and social acceptance for LGBT Irish people in Ireland.





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