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21 May 2015 : Seán Brosnan
Tom Sullivan’s ‘Personal Development’ will continue a busy festival season by screening in Schull and Seattle
The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival in Schull underway this week, Irish shorts and features screening at Seattle and two Limerick shorts set for the Glastonbury Festival.

Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival kicks off in Schull

The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival has kicked off in Schull this week beginning on Wednesday, 20 May and running until Sunday, 24 May.

The festival aims to bring together established and first time filmmakers to celebrate short film. The festival is committed to screening as many of the short films entered into competition as possible, by streaming them on their own intranet network to venues all over the village of Schull. There will also be wifi hotspots available, so festival goers can view the films on smart devices and laptops throughout the village. Uniquely, it is a festival without cinemas: screenings take place in the village hall, in pubs, restaurants, shops, galleries and on the sides of buildings. Films are shown both in or out of competition, and there are workshops and family events over the weekend.

In addition to the short films, Lance Daly's film ‘Life's A Breeze’ will also screen at the festival, starring Fionnula Flanagan and Pat Shortt.

A selection of IFB short films screening at the festival include ‘Seventh Son’ by Narayan Van Meale, ‘Sophie at the Races by Alan Friel, the IFTA-nominated animated film ‘Fresh Cut Grass’ by Robert Cullen, ‘Rince’ by Medb Johnstone, ‘Deadly’ by Aidan McAteer, the IFTA-nominated ‘Rockmount’ by Dave Tynan, ‘Personal Development’ by Tom Sullivan, the IFTA nominated Cartoon Saloon film ‘Somewhere Down The Line’ by Julien Regnard, ‘Céad Ghrá’ by Brian Deane and ‘Cutting Grass’ by John Kennedy and Ruairí O’Brien.

Check out the website for the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival here.

Irish features and shorts at the Seattle International Film Festival

The Seattle International Film Festival is now underway, with a choice of IFB-funded feature films and shorts screening throughout.

In the Short Film section of the festival, Brian Deane’s ‘Céad Ghrá’ (First Love) is screening, which follows two best friends who embark upon a friendly rivalry in pursuit of their mutual first crush. ‘Céad Ghrá’ will also play in Starbucks Coffeehouses across the US during the festival.

Tom Sullivan’s short ‘Personal Development’ also screens, which follows a father whose already fragile relationship with his youngest daughter is put to the test with the arrival of some unexpected news. ‘Personal Development’ was chosen for Official Selection at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

Gerard Barrett’s acclaimed ‘Glassland’ which was released in Irish cinemas in April is amongst the line-up. The film received strong reviews, in particular for the performances of lead actors Jack Reynor, Toni Collette and Will Poulter. ‘Glassland’ is Barrett’s second film as writer and director after ‘Pilgrim Hill’ and has been nominated for six IFTA Awards including Best Film.

Corin Hardy’s ‘The Hallow’ follows a happy couple and their new-born baby as they move to an old house on the edge of an Irish forest controlled by an ancient race of mythical creatures—and they do not like to be disturbed. ‘The Hallow’ is Hardy’s debut feature film and premiered in Official Selection at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Aoife Kelleher’s documentary ‘One Million Dubliners’, IFTA-nominated for Best Documentary and Best Editing (Emer Reynolds) was released in late 2014 to critical acclaim and a strong reaction from viewers. Exploring the necropolis of Glasnevin Cemetery in North Dublin, the film has won multiple awards since its premiere, including as the joint winner of the Best Irish Feature Documentary award at last year’s Galway Film Fleadh.

‘Strangerland’ also debuted in Official Selection at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Kim Farrant, Strangerland stars Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes as parents whose relationship is pushed to the brink when their two teenage children disappear into the remote Australian desert. Also starring Hugo Weaving.

The Seattle International Film Festival takes place from May 14 to June 7 2015.

Limerick Short Films selected to screen at Glastonbury 2015

‘For Goth and Country’ and ‘Zombie Waltzung’, short films by Dermott Petty and Keith Bogue, have been selected to screen at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

The films will be screened throughout the three day festival as part of The Groovy Movie Glastonbury Short Film Festival.

The first of the two films ‘Zombie Waltzing’ was shot entirely in Lough Gur and featured children from the local area and the County Limerick Youth Theatre.

The second film ‘For Goth and Country’ was filmed in Lisdoonvarna from a screenplay by Dermott Petty and Keith Bogue. The script had been shortlisted for the ComedyLab/Beactive Award and the duo shot the short film as a sample of the screenplay. When the finished product was posted online on the ComedyLab website, it got thousands of hits and several film festivals then contacted Petty and Bogue requesting to screen the film.

The feature film script is now at an advanced stage and a considerable amount of interest has been generated in the script on the back of the short film. Since the announcement of the Glastonbury selection, the film has been requested by other music festivals in England over the summer festival season.

The lead in ‘For Goth and Country’ is played by Maeve McGrath and also features record producer Tom Newman, who was featured in the recent major BBC documentary on Mike Oldfield’s million selling album, Tubular Bells, which Newman produced. Others in the cast included Gerry Howard and Gerry Hetzler. The film was written and directed by Petty and Keith Bogue co-wrote and produced.

Bogue’s last outing was ‘All Washed Up’ staring Jon Kenny and an all Limerick cast, which he wrote and produced for the Made in Limerick strand of the City of Culture. He also wrote one of the six shortlisted scripts for RTE’s Storyland. Dermott Petty’s last film, ‘The Good, The Bad and The Sean Nos Dancer’ premiered at last year’s Kerry Film Festival and has gone on to screen at several film festivals. He also wrote and directed ‘Time Travel and the Leaving Cert’ for Limerick Youth Theatre which they performed in 69 O’Connell Street last year.

Petty and Bogue have collaborated on several short films as well as working independently. Both are active members of the Limerick Film Pillar, and Behind the Scenes, both of which promote film makers and Screenwriters in Limerick.




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