The 2015 Galway Film Fleadh , July 7th to 12th, includes 11 programmes featuring Irish short film, two of these are for local films, with the other 9 featuring films from throughout the island. In addition the festival will host a Short Film Slam on the closing day of the festival, where the first two minutes of each short film will be played and then the audience will vote on whether or not to watch the rest. In addition the Fleadh will feature the One Minute Film Festival , a film festival within a film festival that showcases the best in super-short filmmaking, where every moment counts.
We continue our look at the short films of the Fleadh with New Irish Shorts 3, which screens at 12am on Thursday July 9th. The programme sees audiences follow the rocky paths of meeting¬†the person of their dreams, revisiting their past and pursuing their instincts, whatever they may¬†be…
First up in the programme is Richard Scobie‘s Arabella, which featured recently at the Short Film Corner in Cannes. Shot by Jack Conroy (My Left Foot), and written by Iarlaith Forkin and Daniel Brennan, Arabella‚Äôs subject matter deals with the looming spectre of youth suicide in Ireland.¬†The story follows a teenage boy, whose life is turned upside down by the death of his beloved father. After a bitter row with his mother, he storms out of the house to visit a cemetery his father used to take him to as a boy. Once there, he meets an enigmatic girl named Arabella. The film stars Lauryn Canny (Amber) and Sean Doupe in the leading roles, with support from Joanne Crawford, Conor Delaney, Adam Goodwin, and Curtis King.Edwina Forkin produces for Zanzibar Films.
The second short of this strand is writer/director Phil Sheerin’s North. The film was recently nominated for 3 Royal Television Society Awards, which honours the best student films in the UK and Ireland. The film follows Aaron, a young man isolated on a farm and fighting against his family as he
struggles to be heard as he watches his mother willingly die. Rising star Barry Keoghan stars in the lead alongside Emer McCourt. Support comes from Janie Booth, Kate Lock, Des McAleer, and Dan Mullane.
Film three is Stitches director Conor McMahon’s horror comedy Strangers in the Night. Produced by Deirdre Levins of Fantastic Films, with the support of Film Offaly, the film is a story about two people in love…well one person, and a banshee. The Fitzgerald family have long been haunted by a banshee’s wail, but when young Damien catches her eye, something unexpected happens that will change the lives of the Fitzgerald family forever. Strangers in the Night stars starring Niamh Algar, Michael Hough, and Nora Relihan.
The fourth film in the third shorts programme is writer/producer Tristan Heanue‘s directorial debut Today.The film is a hard hitting drama about a man who wakes up one morning in his car, disorientated, with no recollection of how he ended up parked in the middle of nowhere. The harsh reality soon comes flooding back once he gathers his thoughts. John Connors (Love/Hate, King of the Travellers) stars as Peter, a young man lost, both physically and emotionally; and he stars alongside Lalor Roddy (Grabbers, Cherrybomb), Lynn Rafferty (Love/Hate), and Denise Pattison (Jack and Ralph Plan a Murder).¬†Today is produced by award winning producer, Paddy Slattery, for Stand Mantra Productions, with Eimear Ennis Graham (Bingham Ray Nominee at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh) providing cinematography.
The fifth and final entry in this selection is writer/director Benjamin Cleary’s Stutterer. Dublin born Cleary currently resides in London and won the prestigious BlueCat short screenplay competition in Los Angeles in 2012. His debut short film, Stutterer, is the story of a man with a severe speech¬†impediment who must face his worst fear. It stars Matthew Needham (Casualty), Chloe Pirrie (Shell), and Eric Richard (The Bill). Stutterer is produced by¬†Serena Armitage and Shan Christopher for Bare Golly Films.