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Shorts Round-Up
06 Oct 2015 : Seán Brosnan
The Clones Film Festival will take place 22nd-25th October
Clones announce short films ‘Prison Door’ and ‘Sojourn’ to film at Clones later this month, award-winning director Audrey O’Reilly’s new short ‘Wait’ to screen at IndieCork and Limerick City of Culture 2014 Made in Limerick film ‘All Washed Up’ will play on the opening night of the Kerry Film Festival.

Strong Irish line-up for Clones Film Festival 2015

The Clones Film Festival will take place over the bank holiday weekend, Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 October, in three specially commissioned cinemas around the town – the old Post Office, the Courthouse and the Cinemobile.

This year’s organisers have just announced that the World premiere of ‘Prison Door’ will take place at the festival, as well as screening Paddy Slattery’s ‘Sojourn’.

Filmed in the historic H-­Block Prisons of Northern Ireland, 'Prison Door' is based on the last work from writer Dermot Healy, and is directed by Kevin McCann, whose film ‘Volkswagen Joe’ featured at CFF a couple of years ago. Kevin McCann will attend the screening.

This short film gives a Kafkaesque glimpse into the world of a young prisoner struggling with reality and illusion. Just like every other morning, he waits for the door of his prison cell to be opened. A bird lands on his window reminding him of freedom. A prison guard opens the door, and he has his chance. If he doesn't leave within a few minutes, the door will be closed for the day. This will render him one step further from the real world, one less open door for him to escape the prison of his mind. The bird watches him decide.

In Paddy Slattery’s 40 minute poetic, non-narrative art short ‘Sojourn’, Aedh finds a new muse. Her name is Aislinn; a beautiful, playful and mischievous distraction from mundanity. He falls in love and falls hard. With his regimental lifestyle, he struggles to furnish her with attention or quench her insatiable desires. We follow Aedh through the emotional highs and devastating lows of his sojourn into love and despair.

The film was shot by Gerard Walsh, scored by Dave McClune and stars Tristan Heanue as Aedh and Nichola MacEvilly as Aislinn.

All tickets available online at www.clonesfilmfestival.com.

Details of confirmed screenings are being added every day to www.clonesfilmfestival.com and the Facebook page, and the full programme will be available to read online and to pick up in shops and local outlets shortly. Visitors can also buy their tickets at the Clones Box Office in the old Post Office (on the Diamond) before each screening if they wish.

Audrey O’Reilly’s ‘Wait’ to premiere at IndieCork

‘Wait’ the latest short by award winning writer/director Audrey O’Reilly (‘In Loving Memory’, ‘Clare Sa Speir’, ‘Teenage Cics’) is due to premiere at IndieCork Festival. Produced by Lyndzi Doyle, the independently funded short film features Owen Roe (‘Penny Dreadful’, ‘Vikings’) and Rory Keenan (‘The Guard’, ‘Peaky Blinders’).

When an important race and a rare visit home by his son Martin coincide, Charlie, an avid ‘pigeon man’ finds himself waiting anxiously for a safe return home. Set against the world of pigeon racing, the seemingly simple story is a study of male communication and father son relationships.

An award winning crew include Donal Gillagan award winner Patrick Jordan, as cinematographer (‘Pentecost’, ‘Volkswagon Joe’) Eamonn Cleary, as editor (‘Volkswagon Joe’, ‘Blight’) and IFTA winner Niall Byrne (‘Cilla’, ‘The Widower’) as composer.

Limerick City of Culture Made in Limerick short selected for Kerry

‘All Washed Up’, the Limerick City of Culture 2014 Made in Limerick film will be screened on the opening night of The Kerry Film Festival. The short is produced and written by Limerick Arts and Culture Exchange Film Strand's Chairperson Keith Bogue and stars Limerick actors Jon Kenny with Liam O'Brien, Maeve McGrath (who just starred in ‘Brooklyn’ alongside Saoirse Ronan), Nigel Mercier and John Murphy, the short was filmed in Kerry and Limerick and directed by Ivan McMahon.

The film was composed by Tom Newman, shot by Mark Byrne, edited by Aengus Geoghegan with Tracey O'Hanlon serving as Production Designer.

It has been a good month for producer and writer Keith Bogue as he also has a second film 'The Day-Trippers' which has just been selected to The Visionaire International Film Festival 2015 in Siena, Italy.




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