Rememberer, the winner of last year’s “March on Film” contest, will be broadcast as part of RTÉ’s Shortscreen series on RTÉ2 on Monday, 26th March.
The film started last year when the directors, Carl Murphy and Nadège Dumont, and writer Stephen Walsh (When Harry became a Tree, Dreaming the Quiet Man) met up for a few pints in the Lord Edward pub to brainstorm and see if they could come up with a “great” idea on which to base a short for submission to the March on Film competition.
As the name might imply, the competition launches at the beginning of March when those who wish to compete are issued with a set of three elements (a line of dialogue, a character name and a prop) that must be included in their films to prove that they were shot, edited and finalised within that month. The deadline for completed films to be submitted is midnight on the 31st of March.
That session in the pub quickly resolved into a very animated discussion of favourite science fiction films and series’. Ideas came thick and fast. Somehow Stephen managed to turn the mass of material into a script, the essence of which can probably be best summed up by the final film’s tagline: The world has ended. There is nowhere to go. Except back.
Carl and Nadège were so enthusiastic about the script that they agreed to co-direct it. All three of the original conspirators would also be producers. So now the team was ready to go: Three producers, two co-directors and one writer.
With the help of many friends – including the actors Cate MacGabhann and Jed Murray, the cinematographer Alan Rogers, the editor Ian Herridge and the composer Brian Keegan – and the goodwill of the custodians of some seriously impressive locations such as the tunnel at Marino Casino in Dublin and Dunmore Cave in Kilkenny- they managed to write, shoot, edit and score the six minute short “Rememberer” and submit it less than two hours before the final deadline. Quite a race!
The production was not without its major challenges. “We were set to shoot on the weekend of St Patrick’s day, but on the 13th we still only had one of our four locations confirmed” says Nadège Dumont. “But we were confident! I still can’t explain why but we were convinced it would all go well, somehow, eventually.”
Rememberer won Best Film, Best Production and Best Direction at the March on Film awards night held at the Sugar Club in May 2017 (picture attached).
After a few tweaks to the edit in June 2017, a “final” version of Rememberer has since made it into some of the key Irish film festivals and screened at the Lighthouse Cinema for International Women’s Day. It will be screened on RTÉ2 on Monday 26th March as part of the Shortscreen series and will be available on RTÉ Player for a further two weeks.