The 28th Galway Film Fleadh features a great selection of Irish and international short films that will show in various programmes throughout the festival. One such programme, Way Out West, showcases films from the west of Ireland. Featuring work from new and established filmmakers this strand contains a mix of documentary, live action drama and animation.
The Last Man
The Last Man sees the hero (Joe Byrne) returning home from a future war into a world similar to that of the Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits. On his journey he is confronted with something that will test him to his very soul‚Ä¶ The Last Man is based on an original screenplay from director Nigel O’Brien and Martin Cassidy. Barry Fahy was DoP and editor, with music from Liew Ceng Teng. The film is a BlackRoad Studios / LibranPictures production, co-produced with Climbing the Ladder Productions.
Under Open Skies
Under Open Skies is an affectionate look at the history of GAA handball, amidst the backdrop of the creation and subsequent dereliction of the countless alleys that scatter the landscape of Ireland. The documentary is directed by Ben Jones, and produced by Heather Grace Mills for Telegael. It was funded through the Irish Film Board‚Äôs Reality Bites scheme.
Tearmann (Sanctuary) sees a poet ponder existence at an ancient burial site which has been a prominent place of homage to our ancestors since pagan and early Christian eras. The film is directed by Maureen Butler, with cinematography by Peter Madden, and produced and edited by Daniel Butler.
Ar Sc√°th le Ch√©ile
This intriguing short sees Galway brothers, separated by time and class, struggle to pierce the veil of their isolation during a chance reunion. The film stars Emmett Hughes, Dean Rossiter, and Emma Eliza Regan. It is directed by US star Aisha Tyler, and produced by Emmett Hughes, who also wrote the script.
The only animated film in the programme, Stoopid sheep follows a herd of sheep who decide to make an impossible leap. The film is directed and produced by Simon Riley.
Guth na Farraige
This Irish language short focuses on a mysterious stranger and asks “When your time comes, will you be able to avoid the call of the sea?” The film is directed by Rob Stephens and produced by Leah McNicholas.
Galway Street Club
Documentary Galway Street Club sees the heart and soul of Galway city manifest in this energetic collective of buskers from all around the country and the world. Combining their efforts, they bring something very special to the streets of Galway. The film is directed and produced by Daniel Coogan.
New Irish Shorts – Way Out West takes place in the Radisson Blu Hotel on Wednesday July 6th at 2pm.