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‘Calvary’ & ‘Quirke’ Receive Major IFB Boost in latest Funding Round
05 Jul 2012 : By Eva Hall
John Michael McDonagh
John Michael McDonagh and Octagon Films have been offered a €975,000 production loan from the Irish Film Board (IFB) for his upcoming feature ‘Calvary’.

The film is among a number of feature films, animations and documentaries offered funding in the latest round of IFB funding.

In total more than €3.4m has been offered in production loans by the IFB. The Film Board has also offered more than €300,000 in development loans and nearly €59,000 in distribution funding. The total funding on offer is €3.84m.

John Michael McDonagh was previously given a provisional offer of commitment by the Board in April for the comedy, which stars Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Aidan Gillen and Kelly Reilly and is due to shoot in Ireland in September.

Scriptwriter Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones’s Diary) and IFTA-winning writer Conor McPherson (The Eclipse) have also been offered €450,000 for ‘Quirke’, the feature film based on John Banville’s crime novels of the same name. Gabriel Byrne will play lead Benjamin Black in the screen adaptation which is set in 1950s Dublin. Dublin’s Element Pictures is backing the production.

Darren and Colin Thornton’s (Two Hearts) debut feature film ’Ten Dates with Mad Mary’ has been given a provisional offer of commitment in the latest IFB funding round following its recent success at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. The feature was the production that earned the most meeting requests at the event in February, and is based on the stage production of the same name by Yasmine Akram.

Element Pictures is on board to produce the screen adaptation which brothers Darren have Colin have wrote. Production is expected to begin in autumn this year, with Ed Guiney of Element producing.

Dieter Auner has also been given a provisional offer of commitment for documentary ‘Circus on the Road’, which is being backed by Siún Ní Raghallaigh’s production company Ikandi Productions. Ní Raghallaigh has just been appointed Chief Executive of Ardmore Studios.

Auner previously worked with Ní Raghallaigh on documentary ‘Off the Beaten Track’, which was nominated for an IFTA Award this year. The documentary followed the changing world of shepherds in Romania.

Steven O’Riordan has been awarded €8,000 in a first stage production loan for his documentary ‘No Limb No Limits’. The film charts the journey of O’Riordan’s sister Joanne as she travels to New York to give the keynote speech at the UN’s International Telecommunication Union, despite being born with no limbs. O’Riordan is directing the documentary with Adrian Devane of 2000AD Productions producing.

Other highlights of the IFB’s latest funding round include ‘The Day I Tried to Live’ which received a €40,000 development loan in the fiction category. Lance Daly (Life’s a Breeze) is directing, while Fastnet Films is behind the production.

Little Hen Television received a development loan for its animation ‘Rykers World’. Cat Little will direct the Izzy Fox-penned script. Treasure Entertainment also received €15,000 in a development loan for ‘Wild’, which has been written and will be directed by Vivienne DeCourcy.

Production Loans

Project Director Writer Production Co Funding
First Draft Loans
The Internal World David O'Reilly David O'Reilly & Vernon Chatman   €16,000
Anglo Republic   Eugene O'Brien & Neal Rowland   €16,000
Tough Love   Matthew Roche   €12,000
Vere Goold   Rachel Lysaght & Glenn Montgomery   €16,000
The Boys   Virginia Gilbert   €12,000
Bloom   Barbara Deignan   €12,000
Fiction Development Loans
Wild Vivienne DeCourcy Vivienne DeCourcy Treasure Entertainment €15,000
Traders Peter Murphy & Rachael Moriarty Peter Murphy & Rachael Moriarty Coco Television €13,000
Ten Dates For Mad Mary Darren Thornton Darren Thornton & Colin Thornton Element Pictures €10,000
Blue City Rebecca Daly Rebecca Daly & Glenn Montgomery Fastnet Films €25,000
Nineteen Days And Counting Kirsten Sheridan Anne Marie McCormack Black Sheep Productions 17,500
A Month In The Country Jonathan Kent John Banville Treasure Entertainment €20,000
The Day I Tried To Live Lance Daly Lance Daly Fastnet Films €40,000
The Zone David Gleeson David Gleeson Wide Eye Films €22,500
Honoured   Jasmina Kallay Ripple World Pictures €15,000
Scumbot James Cotter Ciaran Foy Black Sheep Productions €15,000
Animation Development Loans
The H Files Tom Caulfield Hugh Travers Paper Dreams €25,000
Rykers World Cat Little Cat Little & Izzy Fox Little Hen Television €16,000

Development Loans

Director Writer Production Co Funding
Fiction Feature Films
Ten Dates With Mad Mary Darren Thornton Darren Thornton & Colin Thornton Element Pictures Provisional Offer
Calvary John Michael McDonagh John Michael McDonagh Octagon Films €975,000
Quirke   Andrew Davies & Conor McPherson Element Pictures €450,000
The Cherry Tree David Keating Brendan McCarthy Fantastic Films Provisional Offer
Creeping Zero Billy O'Brien Jeff Noon Grand Pictures €300,000
The Price of Desire Mary McGuckian Mary McGuckian EG Film Productions €300,000
Fiction Creative Co-Production
Brand New You Simon Pummell Simon Pummell SP Films €150,000
Food Guide to Love Teresa De Pelegri & Dominic Harari Teresa De Pelegri, Dominic Harari & Eugene O'Brien Parallel Film Productions €275,000
A Thousand Times Goodnight Erik Poppe Erik Poppe Newgrange Pictures €300,000
Wildernuts Andrew Kavanagh Andrew Kavanagh Kavaleer Productions €250,000
Three Men Go To War Kim Bartley   Crossing The Line Films €85,000
Waking Morag Tinto   Soho Moon Pictures €90,000
Sparlo Keith O'Shea   Crow Hill Films €25,000
Hill Street JJ Rolffe   Warrior Films €15,000
Circus On The Road Dieter Auner   Ikandi Productions Provisional Offer
Tied Up In Silk Pat Murphy   Soho Moon Pictures Provisional Offer
Way Out Gerard Mannix Flynn   Farcry Productions Provisional Offer
Absolute Derby Laura McGann   True Films €90,000
In the Name Of Dignity Loic Jourdain   South Wind Blows €40,000
Completion Fund
Me & Me Dad Katrine Boorman   Merlin Films €25,000
The Good Man Phil Harrison Phil Harrison Treasure Entertainment €26,000
Pilgrim Hill Gerard Barrett Gerard Barrett Nine Entertainment €15,000
First Stage Documentary
Memphis Project Ian Palmer   Seafield Productions €10,000
No Limbs, No Limits Steven O'Riordan   2000AD Productions €8,000
Pussycat Wars John Murray   Crossing The Line Films €10,000
The Last Taboo Tom Roberts   Soho Moon Pictures €10,000
Rex Ingram Andrew Legge   Underground Films €15,000
Distribution Loans
Project Director Writer Production Co Funding
Print Provision
Dreaming The Quiet Man Sé Merry Doyle   Loopline Films €3,500
Marketing Support
Dreaming The Quiet Man Sé Merry Doyle   Element Distribution €17,235
Silence Pat Collins Pat Collins, Sharon Woolley & Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhride Element Distribution €18,225
Direct Distribution
Barbaric Genius Paul Duane   Screenworks €7,235
My Brothers Paul Fraser Will Collins Treasure Entertainment €12,500

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