Irish Abroad: Stephen Ryan’s Rip It Up & Start Again wins in Cornwall

Irish director Stephen Ryan’s short film Rip It Up & Start Again won Best Short in conjunction with the BFI LOVE Season at the 14th Cornwall Film Festival.

The film sees a postman’s dog watch as he strains over writing a letter, which he eventually tries to deliver. But to reach the object of his desire he must first get past her pint-sized guard dog, which is easier said than done.

Rip It Up & Start Again stars Derek Tapley and was shot in Dublin by newcomer DoP Penny Merelle-Gray. It was edited by Colin Campbell with music composed by Kevin Whyms and location/post sound & sound mix by Arron Faye. EMC Post completed the on-line edit.

[quote title=”Stephen Ryan – Writer/Director”]I hadn’t a clue we were going to win so it was a shock but I was honoured to accept the award on behalf of the talented cast and crew.[/quote]

Writer/director Stephen Ryan was in attendance to collect the award. The festival was held at the Regal Redruth cinema from November 9th to 15th, and celebrated some of the best international, independent, world and Cornish film making talent. This years festival included a selection of classic films and a shorts programme in conjunction with BFI LOVE Season.

Independent filmmaker Stephen Ryan operates under company name Story2Films. Information, work and mission statement can be found at

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