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Irish Filmmakers launch Joyce on Film for Bloomsday
16 Jun 2015 : Seán Brosnan
Cast and crew of ‘Two Gallants’, the first film of the ‘Joyce on Film’ series
Carl Finnegan’s Rose Finn Films are now accepting applications from all actors and filmmakers for the new anthology film series ‘Joyce On Film’ – launched to coincide with Bloomsday this year.

The project will see many of the stories from James Joyce’s Dubliners and beyond updated to a contemporary setting. Carl Finnegan has completed the first instalment 'Two Gallants' - which he produced, directed and acted in - and he has two more stories in pre-production.

To help promote the series and to coincide with Bloomsday, Rose Finn Films have made 'Two Gallants' free to view worldwide.

The film focuses on the tenuous relationship of the two con men and the fear Lenehan has that his friend Corley may desert him for his new female companion. Recession era Dublin is portrayed visually as a city where each individual is trying to get ahead of one another. It stars Carl Finnegan (‘An Irish Father’) as the womanising Corley, Alicja Ayres (‘The Canal’) as the polish maid Magda and John Carey (‘Fair City’) as the desperate Lenehan. It also features exclusive music from Fun Lovin' Criminal Brian 'Fast' Leiser. Finnegan also co-wrote the screenplay adaptation with Darren McGrath.

Originally from Castletroy, in Limerick, Carl Finnegan is a product of the Gaiety School of Acting. He was first cast by Dearbhla Walsh in Custer's Last Stand-Up for the BBC. He has his own theatre company in Dublin called Pack A Punch Theatre and his own film company Rose Finn Films. He has just completed production of his second produced/directed film 'An Irish Father' where he performed opposite Gerard McSorley (‘Veronica Guerin’) and Eleanor Methven (‘Becoming Jane’).

Speaking of this new scheme, Finnegan said: "Our aim is to showcase new Irish filmmaking talent and introduce a new generation to James Joyce. Across our productions to date we've had award winning professionals and newcomers working together and this is a huge opportunity for the up and coming filmmaking talent we have in Ireland. I want each story in the film series to have a different style and interpretation".

Actors and filmmakers who would like to apply to the company should contact rosefinnfilms@gmail.com.

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