David O’Reilly, location scout for films such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Inception, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, The Dark Knight Rises, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fast & Furious, brings his award-winning short film Kubrick By Candlelight, set behind the scenes of Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, to network television with a screening on RTÉ2 Shortscreen at midnight on Monday, September 24th.
I’m incredibly honoured and excited to have been selected to be part of Shortscreen on RTE2. It’s almost exactly a year since we first screened at Encounters Film Festival and since then we’ve had a great response to the film at film festivals and events in Ireland, the UK, Italy and the USA. Along the way we’ve picked up awards and nominations which is always great and recognizes the hard work of the all the cast and crew who made it happen.
I want to thank Derry and Sadhbh at Network Ireland Television and Seamus at Shortscreen for helping us reach the widest possible audience and I hope everyone enjoys the film on Monday and thereafter on the RTE Player .
I’m also launching the Kubrick90 competition for viewers on RTE and those who see the film at festivals to win an exclusive prize package – just try and spot as many of the 90 Kubrick references in the film. The highest wins the prize .
David O’Reilly, Writer/Director
Kubrick By Candlelight is a light hearted romantic comedy set behind the scenes of the filming in Ireland in 1973 of Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon.
In 1973 Stanley Kubrick came to Ireland to shoot “Barry Lyndon” creating great excitement. The film brought jobs, scams, candles, stories and ultimately trouble to the local people. Infamously a threatening phone call drove Kubrick, his family and the crew from Ireland and this romantic comedy follows the lives, laughs and loves of an Irish extra playing an English soldier and a young British crew member in amongst the travelling circus of the Hollywood crew– star crossed lovers from different sides of the camera track. Who made all the candles? And who made that call? Narrated by Brian Cox.
The film was the recipient of the Film Offaly/ Filmbase Bursary 2016. Since its premiere at Encounters Film Festival in September 2017 it has screened at festivals in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA. So far it has garnered over 20 nominations and collected 5 awards.
Kubrick By Candlelight has won Best Film at Waterford Film Festival, Best Cinematography at the Richard Harris Film Festival in Limerick, Best Screenplay at both Chelmsford Film Festival and Kino Film Festival, Manchester. It won Best Comedy at Fastnet Film Festival in Schull in May 2018. David has been nominated for Best Director at the Richard Harris Film Festival and YDA Ireland 2018.
Recently it was nominated for 8 awards at the Underground Cinema Awards in Dun Laoghaire including Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Comedy and Rising Star for David O’Reilly.
It screened, as one of only two Irish short films selected, at the prestigious DC Shorts Film Festival in Washington DC in mid September and will next be seen at Disappear Here Film Festival in Ballyliffin, Indie Cork Film Festival, Bolton Film Festival, Southampton and Norwich Film Festivals.
Darragh O’Toole (South, Red Rock), Amy Hughes (Vikings), Phelim Drew (Angela’s Ashes, My Left Foot) join newcomers Mark Lawrence as Mark Thornton and Michael Thomas Nolan as Stanley Kubrick. Rounding out the cast are internet sensation, impressionist and comedian Al Foran as Mick Molloy as well as Mark Webb (Colour Me Kubrick), Lisa Moore and Alan Curran. The film is narrated by acting legend Brian Cox (Manhunter, Churchill, Braveheart).
Kubrick By Candlelight screens at midnight 24th September 2018 on RTE2 as part of the Shortscreen strand.