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 6, which screens at 10am on Saturday July 11th. The programme features 5 shorts that explore what is often left unsaid, from the comical to regret.
The programme starts with Mike Hayes’ Leave. This is a film about random events and their consequences; a film about how your life can change without warning. Hayes’ debut short Toy Soldiers marked him as one to watch, and here he has assembled an amazing crew behind and in front of the camera. The short features Ian Lloyd Anderson (Eamonn), Amy De Bhr√∫n (The Stag), Moe Dunford (Patrick’s Day), Ally Ni Chiarain (Miscalculation), Kathy Rose O’Brien (The Legend of Longwood), and Helen Roche (Volkswagen Joe). Music comes from Frank composer Stephen Rennicks, with cinematography handled by Patrick Jordan (Volkswagen Joe). Gareth Nolan (Perrier’s Bounty) acts as Editor. The film is written by Gerard Dempsey. Leave is produced by Laura McNicholas for 925 productions, with support from Filmbase and RT√â.
Film two is Kev Cahill’s More Than God, the first of three shorts planned by Cahill and co-conspirator Oliver Loncraine. The film follows a deeply religious man who suspects that his wife is cheating on him. In an attempt to catch her in the act he burst into a room where he discovers a young woman laying in bed. He is forced to take shelter when her husband returns, and things only get more complicated from there! More Than God stars Brian Fortune (Savage), Donncha Crowley (King Arthur), Lorna Larkin (North Circular Road), and Marie Ruane (Foxes). Ally Ni Chiarain, who appears in the first short of the strand, makes a reappearance here too. The film is produced by Ali Coffey, Sorcha O‚ÄôBeirne, and Kev Cahill, with Cahill acting as Editor, and Loncraine as Cinematographer.
The third film is Hannah Quinn’s My Bonnie, which recently featured in the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival. The film is the debut comedic drama from writer/director/producer Quinn, and is based on the play Sanctuary by Liz Quinn. The story follows two people at sea, trapped between a rock and a hard place, who must face the distance between them. The film stars Tom Sullivan (Mechanic) and writer Liz Quinn (Dead Bodies), with Tim Fleming (Gold) as Cinematographer. As well as playing the Short Film Corner at Cannes, My Bonnie recently picked up an award for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Short Film at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
Film number four is Jonathan Beer’s The Death of a Projectionist. As the title suggests the film centres on a projectionist. He loves his job, his colleagues and the joy that cinema brings. But is he ready for the change that‚Äôs coming? An extraordinary cast is led by Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones, The Fall), joined by Martin McCann (‚Äô71, Whole Lotta Sole) and Maggie Cronin (The Shore, Whole Lotta Sole). Christopher Myers and Brian J Falconer produce the film for Out of Orbit, who produced the Oscar nominated Boogaloo and Graham. The filmed is backed by Northern Ireland Screen.
The last of the five films in this programme is Cathal Black’s Butterfly, written by playwright Neil Donnelly. The film is a two-hander with Denis Conway (Alexander) and Antonia Campbell-Hughes (The Canal) playing a probation officer, called Leonard, and hot-tempered graphic designer, named Teri, respectively. A clash of personalities in their first meeting sets the tone for what’s to come, and, over the course of their series of meetings, Leonard‚Äôs need to help her brings about more conflict as Teri stubbornly rejects his methods and uses his personal failings to keep him at arms length. As his patience runs out, Leonard drops his professional approach and makes one final attempt to break through to her. Butterfly is produced by Cathal Black, Catherine Black, and Niall Queenan. Scannain Media’s Niall Murphy acts as Associate Producer on the film.
New Irish Shorts 6 screens in the Town Hall Theatre at 10am on Saturday July 11th.