It looks like it’s going to be a busy Autumn for Paradox Pictures, with news that their short film Danny Boy, written and directed by Liam O’Neill, will feature at both the IndieCork and Kerry Film Festivals, while another of their shorts, Unseen, has been selected for the Richard Harris International Film Festival.
Unseen is the story of Owen who, after nearly taking his own life, discovers that his future depends on his grandfather’s ability to face the past.
With a potent mix of Irish and American talent – both behind and in front of the camera – Unseen was shot in Limerick City and County and the production was based in Thornfield Studio in Ahane Co. Limerick.
The seven-day shoot was a terrifically enjoyable film making experience. Happily, it has also resulted in a powerful, moving and very timely film.
Liam O’Neill, Producer
Unseen premiered at the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh. It is directed by MD Neely, written by Eric Epperson and produced by Liam O’Neill and Stephanie Whonsettler for the US production company AEfect Films.
Maggie desperately tries to learn Danny Boy on the violin for her dad, Charlie. Whenever he hears the plaintive tune, Charlie is transported to happier times spent with his long departed wife Danielle. Unfortunately, Maggie is about as musical as a bag of cats…
Danny Boy features the acting talent of Denis Conway as Charlie Dolan. Charlie’s daughter, Maggie, is played at three different ages in her life by Eloise Broderick, Amy O’Donoghue, and Margarita Murphy. Cinematography was by Kilkenny-based filmmaker Kevin Hughes, editing was undertaken by Marie Valerie Jeantelot. Annabel Konig designed the production and also produced the film with Liam O’Neill.
Danny Boy was part funded by the Carlow Arts Office Artlinks programme with financial support from an angel investor and Paradox Pictures filled the gap with their own resources. FilmLab in Waterford and Film Base in Dublin provided strong support as well. Carlow IT loaned the production a cadre of enthusiastic trainees along with moral support.
The film was shot during the winter of 2017 in rural south County Carlow; in and around the village of Rathanna. Much local support was kindly given to the filmmakers over the course of the six days of location filming during which both Danny Boy and another short Kathleen were produced.
The IndieCork screening will be the world premiere of Danny Boy.
The release of Danny Boy and Unseen follows the successful run of O’Neill’s previous award winning short film Lost & Found. That short, which featured Caroline Morahan and Lee O’Donoghue, was supported by the Film Limerick initiative, Carlow ArtLinks, and a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. Lost & Found is just now finishing its life on the Irish and international festival circuit. Lost & Found was also seen on the RTE Shortscreen strand and was a pick of the week in both the Irish Times and Sunday Times Ireland. It will soon be available as inflight entertainment on Aer Lingus through December and January .
Kathleen, written by John Morton and directed by Liam O’Neill, features Tara Breathnach as Kathleen and Denis Conway as her suitor Sean. Post-production on Kathleen is well advanced and it shouuld be completed in late October.
Paradox currently has two feature films scripts in development titled We Got Game and Operation Shamrock. Both films co-written by Liam O’Neill and Wexford based writer Fergal O’Byrne.