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 5, which screens at 12pm on Friday July 10th. The programme features 6 shorts that deal with an assortment of characters who are confronted with change. Audiences will follow their frustration, humour and compassion in these widely different stories.
First on the programme is writer/director Paul Caddell’s Cleansed. The story sees a detached and disorientated man discovered on a beach, dressed in a dripping wet dinner suit, shirt and tie. Brought to a psychiatric hospital, he communicates only through music. Michael Colgan (Good Vibrations) stars in the lead, with support from Paula Malcomson (Deadwood), and Lalor Roddy (Hunger) The film is produced by Good Vibrations co-director Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D‚ÄôSa for Canderblinks Film, and composer David Holmes who also provides the score.
Second up is the directorial debut of actor Steve Gunn, with The Caller. The film is based on David Fennelly’s stage play Fishes, and follows a man called Larry King (not that one) who loses his job. Matters are complicated further when he receives a routine visit from a rent allowance inspector. Fennelly reprises his stage role, with Alan Howley (First Love) as the inspector. Author and actor Caroline Grace-Cassidy of Smart Blonde Productions produces, alongside Gunn’s own Barren Lands. Philip Graham acts as Director of Photography, with Stephen Farrell on sound, and Paul Bush and Brian O’Neil Editing.
The third short is the second from Forty Foor Pictures producer Collie McCarthy to feature in the Fleadh, writer/director Micheal Lavers’ Joseph‚Äôs Reel. The film centres on an elderly man, who upon dying, is given the opportunity to re-live one day of his life. Robert Hardy (All Creatures Great and Small) stars, with Alice Lowe (Sightseers), Oliver Tilney (Brothers in Arms), and Ella Road (Tiny Bible) supporting.
Film four is titled The Break, from co-directors Ken Williams and Denis Fitzpatrick. The Break is a story about the effects of the recession, and how Tim, a father of two, tried to cope for the first few months after everything went wrong. A strong cast includes Ronan Leahy (Batman Begins), Barry Keoghan (’71), Jacob Lea (The Last Dart), Emmet Kirwan (Rory O’Shea Was Here), Jon Kenny (D’Unbelievables), and Aoibheann McCann (Street Spirit). The film is produced by Gavin Carton and Jenny Moylan.
The fifth film of the programme is Michael Barwise’s Afterwards. The film follows Kevin, an unemployed young man, who through reflections, memories, and encounters, journeys through a world that exists outside the main flow of society. The film is produced by P√≥l √ìg Barwise for Haus 8, with the support of Ideas Tap.
The sixth and last film of this selection is Ciaran Dooley’s The Great Wide Open. After Etain‚Äôs grandfather moves into a derelict boat at the bottom of her garden, she spends her summer helping make it, and him, seaworthy again.¬†John Kavanagh and Elena O’Connor star as the central duo. The score comes from Dublin based composer Stefan French, who also worked on Dooley’s wonderful I’ve Been a Sweeper in the same capacity. The film is produced by Mark Holland, with support from RT√â and the Galway Film Centre. The film’s gorgeous poster, seen belo, comes courtesy of Glen O’Rourke.