Day 4 of the Fleadh started off with three back to back shorts programs that ran the spectrum of subject matter….a variable field day for screen writers. Here’s a few we hope to screen in Chicago. For fans and addicts of social media DEADBOOK, directed by Richard Scobie, keeps friends and family connected…from beyond the grave…forever…seriously! For those who are worried about global warming director Maria-Elena Doyle’s ORGANIC has a new twist on “renew, reuse and recycle”. And FEARLESS, directed by Ted Kotcheff and starring Fionnula Flanagan, looks at suicide from two angles, those who can’t cope with an uncertain future and those that want to preserve a picture perfect past….
POISON PEN is the latest film from the Filmbase / Staffordshire University production course and it is another crowd pleasing rom-com with high production values and a great cast that includes Lochlann O Mearain (The O’Brien’s / King Arthur) and Aoibhinn McGinnity (Love/Hate) Written by the best selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Coffer, POISON PEN is story of a Booker Award winning author and university professor forced into writing for a gossip/tabloid magazine. The clash of literary worlds is amusing and provides loads of laughs, but the film is interesting in its behind the scenes look at how media is can be both informative and exploited at the same time and how easily we all get caught up in celebrity gossip.
Niall Heery’s new film GOLD is a heartfelt collision of Modern Family meets What About Bob? when a family is turned upside down by the sudden appearance of an old high school sweetheart returning to town after a 12 year absence. With a wonderful cast that includes David Wilmot (Ripper Street /The Guard ), Masie Williams (Game of Thrones) and Jim Nesbitt (The Hobbitt /Bloody Sunday) GOLD is all about Ray, a down and outer who has come back to reconnect with Abbie, his teenage daughter, and set things right with his dying father. Having nowhere to go he moves into Abbie’s home setting off a string of a chaotic events that will change everyone’s life forever. A funny, touching and witty film about redemption and family.
With all of the 2014 World Cup excitement still lingering in the air it was the perfect time to see James Erskine’s SHOOTING FOR SOCRATES a film about Northern Ireland’s 1986 World Cup game against Brazil. The story is told through the eyes of the players, the coach, members of the media and fans on both sides of the border weaving together a wonderful piece of football history that is filled with excitement and nail biting even though everyone knows the outcome. A great David vs Goliath tale with a little football thrown in for good measure. And everyone was thrilled to meet David Campbell and Sammy McIlroy from the 1986 team who still both look as if they could play a match tomorrow….wow!
Next up Day 5…