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Shorts News: ‘Patsy Dick’ films in Cork, ‘Hardy Hands’ Shorts distribution, ‘Voices’ Underground Win & Nick Kelly performs ‘See: Hear’.
26 Sep 2011 :
Chris Baugh's 'Hardy Hands'
Cameras roll on ‘Patsy Dick’ next week in Cork, ‘Voices’ wins at Underground Cinema festival and ‘Hardy Hands’ picked up by Shorts International, Nick Kelly shorts show ‘See: Hear’

‘Patsy Dick’

Shooting will begin on 925 Productions’ short film ‘Patsy Dick’ next week on location in West Cork. Produced by Laura McNicholas for 925 Productions and directed by Kevin de la Isla, ‘Patsy Dick’ tells the story of a local boatman who meets and helps an American couple. Together, they find that something unexpected is exactly what they need.

The script is by Clodagh Downing and cast in the short includes Gary Murphy in the title role, Dairine Ni Dhonnchu as Patsy’s wife Cis, Shawn Sturnick, Clodagh Downing and Neill Fleming. Director of Photography is Richard Donnelly and it will shoot on RED. Equipment is provided by the Production Depot.

‘Patsy Dick’ is being made in association with the Cork Screen Commission and Cork County Council. All post production will take place at Windmill Lane.

For more information on ‘Patsy Dick’ and to keep updated with the production, visit the facebook page by clicking here.


Irish Short ‘Voices’ has picked up three awards at the Underground Cinema Festival which took place earlier this month (9th-11th Sept). Cathal Neally nabbed Best Director, Una Kavanagh won Best Actress and Gerry Shanahan picked up Best Screenplay.

Directed by Cathal Nally and produced by Barbershop Triplet Productions, Marie Caffrey, Helene Meade and Gerry Shanahan, it tells the story of Jack Callaghan (Gerry Shanahan), who is being mentally and physically abused by his wife Kate (Una Kavanagh). Other cast in the feature include Breacadh McBride who plays their ten year old daughter Sarah and Brian Fortune (Game of Thrones).

The short is written by Gerry Shanahan and is based on true events and research that he conducted with the ‘Amen’ centre for abused men in Navan. Cinematography is by Donnacha Coffey and editing by Derek Keating.

The Underground Cinema Film Festival took place in Dun Laoghaire earlier this month. Other winners at the festival include ‘Charlie Casanova’ for Best Independent Feature, ‘Unlocking Charlie’ for Best Independent Short, ‘Crossing Salween’ for Best Funded Short Film and Johnny Elliott, who won Best Actor for his role in ‘Remember Me’. Best Documentary went to Paul McGrath’s ‘Forty Foot’ and Best Animated Short Film was awarded to Paul Bolger for ‘Hamster Heaven’.

‘Hardy Hands’

Northern Irish dark comedy short ‘Hardy Hands’ has been picked up for distribution by Shorts International.

Written and directed by Chris Baugh and produced by Villi Ragnarsson for Red Ray Films, the short follows the return of Paul to his hometown where he has a chance encounter with some old friends in the local pub. Hoping for a nostalgia filled evening, he instead finds that old tensions can sometimes reveal themselves in the most unexpected and startling ways.

Starring Michael Lavery, Andrew Porter, Mary-Ellen McCartan, Mary Frances Doherty and Ryan McKenna, ‘Hardy Hands’ received special commendation in 2011 Belfast Film Festival Shorts Competition. Director of Photography is Ryan Kernaghan and it was edited by Brian Philip Davis.

Shorts International is a short movie entertainment company, functioning as distributor, broadcaster and producer, with a catalogue of over 3,000 shorts. They also own short film dedicated channel ShortsHD and ShortsTV, and Shorts short movie on demand service available in iTunes Movie Store. ‘Hardy Hands’ was produced through Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Shorts Programme in 2010.

’See: Hear’

Filmmaker and musician Nick Kelly will combine three short films with a live performance to show how “rock‘n’roll teaches you how to make movies” in his upcoming show ‘See: Hear’.

The three shorts that are screened as part of the show includes the Oscar shortlisted film ‘Shoe’ - written and directed by Nick, which tells the story of a man about to jump off a bridge when he is accosted by a beggar who wants his cloths, money and shoes before he jumps. It is produced by Seamus Byrne and funded under the Irish Film Board’s Signatures scheme.

Kelly’s earlier short ‘Why The Irish Dance That Way’, also produced by Zanita Films’ Seamus Byrne will be shown as part of the show. Made for the RTÉ/Arts Council Dance On the Box series, it was one of nine shorts selected by New York’s Museum of Modern Art for Shortfest: Outstanding Shorts from The International Festivals and in March 2008. The final film of the trio of show shorts is Kelly’s debut short ‘Delphine’.

Nick will give a live performance of his best-loved songs and will explain the strong links he sees between making music and movies. ‘See: Hear’ was first performed at the Project Arts Centre in 2010 and was also performed at Electric Picnic 2011. Upcoming shows are at the Blackstairs Film Society (www.blackstairsfilmsociety.com), Borris House, Co Carlow on Friday September 30th at 8pm, at the Mermaid Arts Centre (www.mermaidartscentre.ie), Bray, Co. Wicklow at 8pm on Saturday October 1st and on Friday October 14th at the Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre (www.seamusenniscentre.com), Naul, Co.Dublin.

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