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Shorts Round-Up
04 Nov 2014 : Seán Brosnan
Gerard Mc Sorley to lead new Irish short ‘An Irish Father’, ‘Cutting Grass’ to continue festival run at Cork Film Festival and Foyle Film Festival, ‘Ghost Train’ wins awards in France and Spain and ‘The Struggle of Libations’ makes international premiere at the Tallgrass Film Festival in the United States.

Gerard McSorley To Play Lead in ‘An Irish Father’

IFTA winning Irish actor Gerard McSorley will lead the cast of the new Irish short film 'An Irish Father'. Carl Finnegan (‘Two Gallants’) will co-star opposite Gerard McSorley and direct the film. Craig Moore (Any Last Words, Jacob Wrestling with the Angel) will co-produce the project.

Director Carl Finnegan said: ‘Gerard McSorley is a phenomenal film and theatre actor known at an international level for his great performances. We've been collaborating and rehearsing with Gerard on this project for a number of months and we feel this will be a significant performance from one of Ireland’s greatest actors. We're a group of young Irish filmmakers doing it for ourselves and we're delighted that Gerard recognises our potential.'

The film is a co-production from Rose Finn Films and MooreForLess Productions. Producer Craig Moore said: ‘It’s fantastic to have such an experienced actor such as Gerard on board to help bring this great story to life. I’m delighted to be working with people of such high calibre.’

The screenplay for 'An Irish Father' was written by Carl Finnegan & Darren McGrath. The film is about an estranged father and son reconnecting after nearly a decade apart.

This film is being independently made by a group of Irish filmmakers many of whom are giving their time and services for free. People interested in donating can do so via fundrazr: http://fnd.us/c/atA90.

‘Cutting Grass’ Continues Festival Run at Cork and Foyle This Month

After premiering in July at the Galway Film Fleadh, The Irish Film Board short film ‘Cutting Grass’ was selected this week to compete in the Light In Motion competition at the Foyle Film Festival (19th-23rd November) and has also been chosen to compete at the Cork Film Festival (7th-16th November). The film, written and directed by John Kennedy and Ruairí O'Brien and produced by Laura McNicholas, stars Karl Rice (‘Sing Street’), Scott Graham (‘Roy’) and John Hannah (‘The Mummy’, Four Weddings And A Funeral’).

Producer Laura McNicholas of 925 Productions said of the film: ‘‘Cutting Grass’ is a challenging film which asks multiple questions of its audience. We premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh and myself, Ruairi O’Brien and John Kennedy are delighted with our selection this November for both the Cork Film Festival and the Foyle Film Festival. The performances of our two young leads along with Donal Courtney and John Hannah are incredible and are an integral part of the film and we are now looking forward to screening ‘Cutting Grass’ internationally.’

The film was posted in Windmill Lane and edited by Philip Cullen. Edit assistants were Tom Pierce and Stephen Kidney and the film was sound edited and mixed by Richie Naughton. Colour grading was done by Dave Hughes & Matt Branton.

‘Ghost Train’ Wins Awards in France and Spain

Irish horror ‘Ghost Train’, starring Owen McDonnell (‘An Bronntanas’, ‘Single-Handed’), won two international short film awards this week. It picked up The Youth Audience Award at Court Metrange Horror Festival in France as well as the The Youth Jury Award at San Sebastian Horror and Fantasy Festival in Spain.

Written and directed by Lee Cronin, ‘Ghost Train’ tells the tale of estranged brothers Michael and Peter making a reluctant pilgrimage to the old fairground yard where their friend Sam went missing when they were boys. Both men's' lives are influenced by what happened the day their friend was sucked inside the Ghost Train, never to return.

‘Ghost Train’ will make its Asian premiere this week at Asiana International Short Film Festival in Seoul South Korea, along with competition screenings in Leeds, Barcelona, Razor Reel and all across New Zealand for ‘Show me Shorts’ festival. It has also screened earlier this year at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival and the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival.

‘The Struggle of Libations’ Makes US Premiere At The Tallgrass Film Festival

‘The Struggle of Libations’, a short film by first time writer/director Erin Mullally, has made its international premiere with a screening at the 2014 Tallgrass Film Festival. The film stars long-time character actor Des Braiden alongside newcomers David McGowan and Nadia Dibbs and tells the story of a man questioning his only meaningful relationship – the one he maintains with his loyal post-work pint.

The Struggle of Libations featured at Tallgrass as part of the festival’s ‘Thursday Night Spotlight’, and screened during their dedicated shorts programme ‘The Bonds.’ Irish shorts ‘The Last Days of Peter Bergmann’ and ‘The Missing Scarf’ also screened at Tallgrass.

Mullally produced the short, with Ronan Hand serving as cinematographer, Phil Jackson as editor and Peter Slankster composing original music. Post-production work was completed at Screen Scene and a team of ten musicians performed and recorded the score at Creamy Sonic Studios.

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