Premiering at the 31st Galway Film Fleadh is The Bridge – a short drama which was funded by the Galway Film Centre and RTÉ. The film tells the story of Cormac who after the sudden death of his parents must choose between returning to his home village in the west of Ireland to care for his estranged younger brother, and a bright future in Canada.
Directed by Mark Smyth, written by Sarah Ingersoll and produced by Lynn Larkin for Creative Ninja Media, The Bridge stars Lochlann O’Mearáin (Outlander, Finding Joy), Peter Coonan (Love/Hate, The Belly of the Whale), and Marie Mullen (Dancing at Lughnasa, Disco Pigs). With Joseph Ingersoll on board as cinematographer and Orla Maher as production designer the film was edited by John Michael Philips with post-production completed in Promenade Post. Berlin-based Navan band Pearly, Cormac O’Keeffe and Saramai Leech, composed and performed the live score for the film.
The Bridge is Mark Smyth’s sixth short film to date. He is currently in development on his debut feature film Will It Be a Kind God? and recently wrapped filming on his latest short comedy Everything Looks Better in the Sunshine which will premiere at film festivals later this year.
We’re really excited about premiering ‘The Bridge’ alongside the very best of Irish film at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh. It’s an incredible festival and we’re honoured to have our world premiere there. ‘The Bridge’ is a very special story with a really important message that I believe will resonate with audiences across the globe.Mark Smyth, Director
The Bridge features in the Galway Film Fleadh as part of Irish Talent: New Shorts 6, Fiction on Saturday, July 13th in the Town Hall Theatre at 10am.