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12 May 2015 : Seán Brosnan
Zanzibar Films ‘Arabella’
‘The Struggle of Libations’ selected to compete at Dances With Films, Zanzibar Films new short ‘Arabella’ selected for Cannes and ‘O Daddy Dear’ has Booterstown premiere ahead of being submitted into festivals.

‘The Struggle of Libations’ Selected To Compete At Dances With Films

‘The Struggle of Libations’, a short film by first time writer/director Erin Mullally, has been selected to compete at the Dances With Films film festival, which takes place from May 28th to June 7th 2015 at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Los Angeles. The festival’s programme of 16 narrative features and 32 short films is selected from more than 2,000 submissions every year.

Set in modern Dublin, ‘The Struggle of Libations’ tells the story of a man questioning his only meaningful relationship – the one he maintains with his loyal post-work pint. The film has been selected to screen at over twenty festivals around the world since premiering at the Tallgrass Film Festival in the United States last October.

Long-time character actor Des Braiden stars alongside newcomers David McGowan, Nadia Dibbs, Christopher O’Bryne and Robert O’Leary.

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

For more information, go to struggleoflibations.com/.

Zanzibar Films Short Film ‘Arabella’ gets accepted into Cannes

Edwina Forkin, CEO of Zanzibar Films has announced that her latest short film ‘Arabella’ has been selected to screen at Europe’s pre-eminent film festival in Cannes next week, as part of the festival’s Short Film Corner.

Shot by Jack Conroy (‘My Left Foot’), and written by Iarlaith Forkin & Daniel Brennan, Arabella’s subject matter deals with the looming specter of youth suicide in Ireland. Essentially an ensemble piece, the two young stars of the film are Lauryn Canny (‘Amber’) and up and comer Sean Doupe.

The film’s director, Icelander Richard Scobie, now a resident of Ireland, recently won the Thesis Award for Academic Excellence in Writing bestowed upon him by the Writers Guild of Ireland. He also holds a First Class Honours MA degree in Screenwriting from the National Film School in Dun Laoghaire.

Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Scobie began his filmmaking career writing music for such films as; Ben Stiller’s ‘The Suburban’s’, Rodney Dangerfield’s ‘The Godson’, as well as for Richard Dreyfuss’ TV show, ‘The Education of Max Bickford’, and from there, eventually turned to producing, directing and writing.

One of his screenplays, ‘66 Degrees North’, was one of the top ten finalists of the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting 2003, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, in addition to being one of the 2010 winners at the Producers Guild of America ‘Produced by Conference’.

Recently, Scobie received development funding from NIS for his original feature screenplay titled: ‘The Boneyard Boys’ – set for production with Northern Irish Screen and Treehouse Films later this year – Scobie will direct.

Writer/director Ray Lamb’s short ‘O Daddy Dear’ has Booterstown premiere

Short comedy film ‘O Daddy Dear’ had its’ premiere at the Booterstown Community Centre at the weekend with more screenings planned for this week.

The film is written and directed by Ray Lamb, who plans to enter it into festivals such as Galway, Cork and many others in Europe.

‘O Daddy Dear’ tells the story of Neely Dunne, the local postman, who has a naive view that the world is a simple place where everything seems just right. While doing his rounds, Neely's world takes a turn when he meets Frank Byrne. Neely tries to make sense of the situation, only to find he is the only one in town who doesn't know. Neely's Wife, Nora however has a worldly warm charm that gently steers him through the trials and tribulations of raising their two sons.

The film stars Pat Kavanagh and Geraldine McAlinden with Cainneach Mac Eoin as DOP and John King as editor. The film was produced by Ray Lamb and Cainneach Mac Eoin with Stephen Flynn serving as Executive Producer.

There will be community viewings of ‘O Daddy Dear’ on Tuesday 12th May, Thursday 14th May and Friday 15th May at Booterstown Community Centre.

Check out the film’s trailer below:

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