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Dance Mockumentary ‘Ponydance’ to Screen at Galway Film Fleadh
05 Jul 2013 : By Kevin Cronin
Behind the scenes with members of Ponydance.
‘Ponydance’, a mock documentary about the titular Belfast-based dance group, will screen at An Taibhdhearc at the Galway Film Fleadh next Thursday 11th July, before airing on TG4 in the autumn.

Directed by Ian Whelan and Derek O'Connor of AKA Doris/Magee Productions, Ponydance’ was commissioned for the TG4 & Arts Council ‘Splanc’ scheme and is produced by Willie White.

The mockumentary follows the antics of dance members and choreographer Leonie McDonagh as they prepare for their biggest production to date.

Mr O’Connor said: 'Ponydance are a pretty unconventional company, and it’s a pretty unconventional film. What we've tried to do is create something that channels their particular band of creative madness, and infuse it with a bit of our own. It's a fusion of what they do and what we do and, hopefully, a right and proper dance film, one that really gets into the hard graft involved behind the scenes.’

Doris/Magee productions was founded in 2009 and has produced over thirty short films to date, working as in-house filmmakers for both the Leviathan Political cabaret and RTE's IFTA-winning ‘The Frontline’.

More recently, O'Connor and Whelan have set up operations at Blackthorn Productions, a new studio and production facility based in Sandyford, Dublin.

Their short film ‘Mechanic’ is also screening in this year's Fleadh as part of the New Irish Shorts program.

‘The Spanc commission is by far our biggest to date, and it really ties up everything we've done to date. Now we're ready for the next great adventure,' Mr O’Connor added.

‘Ponydance’ screens in a double-bill with another new ‘Splanc’ film, James Kelly's ‘Fionnuala - Small Puppet On A Big Journey’ at An Taibhdhearc, Galway, on Thursday, July 11th.

Further information on booking tickets can be found here.

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