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Fantastic Proud of Five Films in Fleadh
01 Jul 2004 :

Irish production company, Fantastic Films, can hardly contain their excitement at the selection of five of their associated features and shorts selected for screenings at the Galway Film Fleadh next week.

“Timbuktu”, a digital feature directed by Alan Gilsenan and filmed on location in Morocco, was co-produced with Yellow Asylum and MR Films for the Irish Film Board and MR International. “Aroma” a Short Short, directed by Damon Sylvester commissioned by the Irish Film Board. The award-winning short-cut “Burning the Bed”, which was directed by Denis McArdle. Fantastic Films also produced “Invisible State” for Zentropa. Directed by Aisling Walsh it is the Irish film in the Zentropa/Arte/ZDF project “Visions of Europe”. “Perfection”, the new short from Colm McCarthy, was executive produced by John Mc Donnell at Fantastic Films.

Fantastic Films was formed in 2000. John McDonnell’s first feature as a producer was the multi-award winning ‘Song for a Raggy Boy”, directed by Aisling Walsh and starring Aidan Quinn. Later this summer Fantastic Films will deliver “Prey Alone” a short-cut for the Irish Film Board and “Six Shooter” a 25 minute short directed by award-winning playwright Martin McDonogh.

Other News For Galway: Conor McDermottroe at the Fleadh

Look out for ‘Squaddie’ playing on Friday July 9th at the Town Hall. This 13 minute film from writer/director Conor McDermottroe, tells the story of Andy Fallon, a young British Soldier who inadvertently enters a pub on the wrong side of Belfast. As word on the street spreads about the easy target, Andy soon finds himself in danger. His salvation comes in the unlikely form of two local women who, against their better judgment, decide to take him in and protect him. As his pursuers try furiously to track him down, the women listen to his story and set him on his way.

Shot in January 2004, and financed by the Northern Irish Film and Television Commission, “Squaddie” stars Tom Burke in the lead role as a disillusioned young soldier. Kathleen McDermott plays Michelle Hamilton following from her appearance in the BAFTA award winning film Morvern Callar, she is also set to star in the next James Bond film.

Writer/Director Conor McDermottroe is also in Galway with his play: “Swansong”, which will feature as part of the Galway Arts Festival, before moving to both the Boyle Arts Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The adapted screenplay “Occi Verses The World” has recently received funding from the Irish Film Board. Conor is an accomplished writer, director and actor, with stage roles including “Philedelphia Here I Come” and “Glengarry Glen Ross”, television appearances in “Making The Cut” and “Glenroe”, and film credits including “Intermission”.

For further info go towww.galwayfilmfleadh.com

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