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Duck, Duck, Goose and Hit Where It Hurts revealed as Irish winners for JETS 2022
03 Mar 2022 : News Desk
Jets 2022
Two Irish projects have been named among the winners of this year’s JETS 2022 initiative, which took place from the 22nd until 25th of February as an Online event.

25 projects were selected for the 6th edition of the initiative with four Irish projects taking part including Duck Duck Goose (Director: Claire Byrne; Producer: Jo Halpin), Hit Where It Hurts (Director: Roisín Geraghty; Producer: Raisín Geraghty), The Wall Dog (Director: Josephine Lohoar Self; Producer: Carla Mooney), and The Moonhoney Hotel (Director: Eamonn Murphy; Producer: Quintin Ahern).

Duck Duck Goose, a three-person psychological thriller took the top spot for Ireland. Including a creative team of Director Claire Frances Byrne, screenwriter Emma Wall, and producer Jo Halpin, the horror comes in quietly. Greg surprises his girlfriend Holly on the first anniversary of their relationship with a weekend getaway at his parents’ holiday home – a luxurious farmhouse in a remote wooded area. He is unlike anyone Holly has ever met, and although she loves him, she sometimes struggles to understand his intentions. Greg has always had a charm that makes women fall at his feet and prevents them from seeing the narcissism hidden in his romantic gestures.

The two are awakened at night by a rattling on the ground floor. Frightened, they walk towards the noise and find a young woman shivering in the hallway – it is Greg’s ex-girlfriend Sarah. Greg is an expert manipulator. He unleashes his perfidious ability to play the girls off against each other and entangle Holly in a whirlpool of mind games, while Sarah secretly struggles to get Holly on her side. Separating the truth from the lies becomes increasingly difficult as more questions pop into Holly’s head. A fatal ending seems inevitable, but who will be the victim?

Hit Where It Hurts received the second place for Ireland. With a production team consisting of director/screenwriter Roisin Agnew and producer Róisín Geraghty, the film follows a birdwatcher and chemistry lecturer who suffers from compulsive behaviour. When a sense of doomsday takes hold of her, she becomes involved with an environmental group called The R, and her growing despair begins to spill over into her personal life. She harms her journalist boyfriend Max with micro-poisonings, harasses a colleague by repeatedly eating his lunch, and shoots neighbourhood cats that endanger songbirds. After a controversy with a student leads to her being suspended from the university and she also finds out that Max has been unfaithful, Lucia decides that the time has come for extreme measures.

Other projects competing this year includes:

  • The Last Island (Director: Reinhold Bilgeri ; Producer: Elly Senger-Weiss), Austria
  • Reunion (Director: Michael Ramsauer; Producer: Constanze Schumann), Austria
  • Mission Granny (Andreas Schmied; Producer: Loredana Rehekampff, Dunja Bernatzky), Austria
  • Dracu (Director: Marc Schlegel; Producer: Lola Basara, Peter Hengl), Austria
  • Boiling Point (Director: Ambrose Okundaye ; Producer: Kate Kroll), Canada
  • Something Like Truth (Director: Jim Donovan; Producer: Byron Martin, Maryse Rouillard), Canada
  • Superluminal (Director: Kristina Wagenbauer; Producer: Jeane-Marie Poulain), Canada
  • Queen Maeve ( Director: Barb Taylor; Producer: Deborah Devgan), Canada
  • The Deadline (Director: Mark Waters ; Producers: Konstantin Korenchuk, Simon Pilarski), Germany
  • Lyra’s Wish (Director: Juliane Block ; Producer: Wolf-Peter Arand), Germany/UK
  • Argument for the Existence of the Island Saudadia (Director: Constantin Maier ;  Producer: Constantin Maier), Germany
  • The Winter Whore (Writer: Peter Clotten ; Producer: Cedar Wolf), Germany
  • Bullets & Popcorn (Director: Eva Vazquez de Reoyo ; Producer: Béatrice Steimer), Germany
  • Dololo ( Director: Kgosi Cheone ; Producer: Mari Molefe van Heerden), South Africa
  • Inyanga (Director: Josh Ackermann; Producer: Shaun Naidoo), South Africa
  • King Dog (Director: Brad Katzen ; Producer: Tumisho Masha), South Africa
  • Extravagant Ways to Say Goodbye (Director: Liese Kuhn ; Producer: Carolyn Carew), South Africa
  • Ava ( Director: Alex Barrett ; Producer: Alistair Audsley), UK
  • Loyalty ( Director: Jo Southwell ; Producer: Rachel Gold), UK
  • The Empty Space Inside My Heart ( Director: Tim Courtney ; Producer: John McKay), UK
  • Proper Charlie (Director: Veronica McKenzie ; Producer: Natalie Edward-Yesufu), UK

JETS stands for Junior Entertainment Talent Slate and unites 1st, 2nd and 3rd feature film filmmakers with Irish, Canadian, German, Norwegian, Austrian, British, South African and US producers, sales agents, finance and distribution companies during a pitching session with the aim of Co-Production.

The JETS Co-Production Initiative organised by WEP Productions & JETS Filmverleih & Vertrieb (Distribution) is funded and supported by Screen Ireland, Telefilm Canada, nordmedia, NFVF South Africa, ÖFI-Austrian Film Institute, HessenFilm & Medien, Filminvest Norway. 

For more information on the selection process, how to apply and other conditions for participation, please click here.

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