16 September 2019 The Irish Film & Television Network
Education / Training
Festivals / Markets
Locations Ireland
Post Production
Rep Bodies
Features & Interviews
Production News
Post Production News
VFX News
Animation News
Digital News
Festivals News
Training News
Cast News
Finance News
IFTA Film & Drama Awards
Galway Film Fleadh 2017
List Your Company
Daily News Bulletin
Site Map
RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen Commission Four Original Dramas for Storyland
14 Jul 2017 :
RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen today announced the commission of four new original dramas for the new season of Storyland, the award-winning commissioning project that gives emerging Irish drama talent an opportunity to make original programmes, viewable to a global audience on RTÉ Player. More than two hundred aspiring and experienced drama production teams applied this year.

For the seventh series of Storyland, RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen have commissioned four single dramas of up to twenty minutes duration, which will be shown later this year to national and international audiences on RTÉ Player.

From the story of a Kurdish refugee arriving by truck to Ireland, to a mixed-race girl struggling with her identity in 1980s Belfast these dramas tell diverse, new Irish stories. The four production companies who have been awarded the commissions are: Lacada Entertainment, Tyrella Films, Afro-Mic Productions, and Treasure Entertainment.

Commenting on the announcement, David Crean, Executive Producer, RTÉ, said; “Now in its seventh season, Storyland on RTÉ Player has proven to be a hugely important platform to showcase emerging creative talent from the TV and film industry on the island of Ireland. Across writing, acting and directing, Storyland showcases the great breadth of Ireland’s creative talent, identifies talented storytellers for RTÉ and introduces them to a global audience. As the production teams get ready to start shooting we wish them all well and hope they enjoy translating their ideas into strong, entertaining dramas.”

Richard Williams, Northern Ireland Screen CEO, said “In any medium a great story is central to success and Storyland allows us to develop and invest in a new generation of writing talent. We are delighted to be partnering again with RTÉ for this year’s Storyland where doubtless we will discover some exciting, new Northern Ireland voices."

2017 Storyland Commissions:

On The Hemline
Set in Cork, long-term unemployed northsider Martha needs to support her daughter Dawn's acceptance into a STEM programme in secondary school. Through the charity Hemline she meets recently widowed southsider Sheenagh. Their different worlds collide, but together they embark on a journey of self development that prepares Martha for her first job interview in years Starring Eileen Walsh as Martha and Cathy Belton as Sheenagh. Produced by Barbara Healy for Tyrella Films, written by Oonagh Kearney and directed by Oonagh Kearney.

A Sign of Things
Having lost his job after his factory closed, Dad, Daniel, is now seemingly devoting himself to the church. When his wife Shauna agrees to let a racy cabaret bar pay to advertise on the side of their house, a family showdown ensues. Starring Nigel O Neill as Daniel, Mary Lindsey as Zara, Jenny Walsh as Rebecca Produced by Julie Gardner for Lacada Films, written by Ewen Glass and directed by Aidan Largey

Cry Rosa
A music obsessed mixed-race girl questions her identity when she becomes the victim of bullying in 1980s Belfast. Starring Kelly Gough as Marie, Martin McCann as Mr McNally, Grace Fleming as Rosa Produced by Emma-Rosa Dias for Afro-Mic Productions, written by David McCrea and directed by Imogen Murphy.

The Kurd
A Kurdish political activist flees Iran and arrives by truck in Ireland. But the asylum system overwhelms him and he resorts to desperate measures to have his voice heard. Produced by Claire McCaughley for Treasure Entertainment, written by Colin Murphy and directed by Vincent Gallagher.

Composer Sheridan Tongue Discusses Scoring BBC's New Documentary Series on the Troubles
Irish Supernatural Comedy 'Extra Ordinary' Releases in Over 100 Irish Cinemas this Friday the 13th
IFTN talks with Dale Longmore & John Quinn, Writers of new RTÉ Comedy Pilot 'Bump'
Mark O’Rowe discusses new Sky series 'Temple', which airs this Friday, 13th September on Sky One

Composer Sheridan Tongue Discusses Scoring BBC's New Documentary Series on the Troubles
IFTN talks with Dale Longmore & John Quinn, Writers of new RTÉ Comedy Pilot 'Bump'
Free Industry Newsletter
Subscribe to IFTN's industry newsletter - it's free and e-mailed directly to your inbox every week.
Click here to sign up.

Mark O’Rowe discusses new Sky series 'Temple', which airs this Friday, 13th September on Sky One
TG4 Launches New Autumn Schedule in Cork
New Comedy Series Headcases to debut on RTE One this Sunday, 8th September at 22:30pm
Rose Plays Julie and The Other Lamb selected for Competition at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival
Find us on Facebook
Follow IFTN on Twitter
E-Newsletter Subscribe
Subscribe to RSS Feed

 the Website  Directory List  Festivals  Who's Who  Locations  Filmography  News  Crew  Actors

Contact Us | Advertise | Copyright | Terms & Conditions | Security & Privacy | RSS Feed | Twitter