Alan Dunne’s Earthly Bonds, winner of the 2017 Film In Cork Short Film Award, will have its Irish premiere at the 62nd Cork Film Festival.
Earthly Bonds tells the story of Rosie (Rachel Lynch), a curious and imaginative eight year old girl who is trying to find the Pleiades system through a telescope. The telescope was a gift from her late mother (Sinead O’Riordan – Dead Along The Way) who promised that she would always be looking over Rosie from there. Rosie is still grieving but her determined and clever mind, along with her sense of childish adventure transforms the treehouse into a spaceship in the hopes of seeing her mother again, while her father Padraig (Peter Coonan – Love/Hate, Penance), a once playful and creative man descends into alcoholism. Only through acting together can the two work through their grief.
Earthly Bonds is written and directed by Dunne (Don’t Run, IDLE), and produced by Eamonn Tutty (The Limit Of, Testimony), with cinematography by Miguel Angel Vinas (Miah, Maze, Sing Street), production design by Mick Minogue (Without Name), and post production by EGG (Cardboard Gangsters, Love & Friendship). The film was shot entirely on location in Timoleague, Co. Cork.
Earthly Bonds is a very personal project to me and one that will stay in my mind for a long time. It was incredible to have won the very first Film In Cork Short Script Award. I was lucky to have such experienced mentors like Steven Davenport, Oonagh Kearney and Michael Kinirons who mentored me along the way and made making this film such a great experience. The story was a hard one to film and thankfully I had the skills of an incredible cast and crew who put everything they had into making this what it is. I knew that considering the subject matter, a lot of preparation and research had to go into making it as authentic as possible. I was lucky enough to have the support of Widow.ie and the Irish Hospice foundation, who educated me quite a lot to the reality of grief and loss. Working with Peter Coonan was exceptional, his commitment to the role and his ability to dig deep into the character was both exciting and heartbreaking to see come to life. The real star however has to be young Rachel lynch who just understood everything right away. Working alongside skilled actors like Peter Coonan and Sinead O’Riordan wasn’t easy but Rachel always stole the scene. Overall, Every department went above and beyond to make this a truly special film. I’ll always be grateful to every single person who made this film possible and now that we are preparing for the festival circuit, I hope audiences will enjoy the film just as much as I have had making it.
Alan Dunne, Writer/Director
It was a wonderful achievement to have been selected to win this inaugural award from Film In Cork and to have the guidance of Rossa Mullin along with our three mentors Oonagh Kearney, Michael Kinirons and Steven Davenport. It was a great challenge to co ordinate the filming of this from locations to crew to post production, but we had great help from EGG Post Productions, Promenade Post Productions, Film In Cork, Tom Sheehy, Bo Media, Cine Electric, Film Base, Barryroe Co Op, and of course Lis & Roger of Butlerstown House and Zabeth & Colin Bateman of Barry’s Hall for our beautiful locations. For a tight schedule I feel like our crew did an amazing job and you can see this in the finished film. I am truly proud to have Produced this beautiful, heart warming film and everyone involved should be too.
Eamonn Tutty, Producer
The first time I read the script I was overwhelmed with emotion, the father and daughter relationship was so fractured due to the untimely death of the mother and wife who was obviously the gel that was keeping the family together and without her their lives were falling apart. The experience working on the film was a thoroughly enjoyable one and also a very collaborative piece also as Alan had written the piece as well as directing so we could really examine the truth of the scenes and characters. It was certainly a challenge to try and understand the mind of a grieving man and to inhabit that as much as possible was a frightening and ultimately rewarding experience. Eamon and Alan made it a very comfortable and open environment to work in, and Rachel and Sinead were exceptional actors to work alongside.
Peter Coonan, Actor
Earthly Bonds screens at the 62nd Cork Film Festival on the 18th November at 1.30pm in The Gate Cinema as part of Irish Shorts 6 – Family Adventures.