The Paradox Pictures produced short film Lost & Found, written and directed by Liam O’Neill, will screen at the TIFF Kids Film Festival in Toronto in early April. It will screen four times over the course of the festival in The Heart of Matters shorts programme.
Lost & Found follows Charlie. Following the death of his father Charlie attempts to find a way to help his grieving and struggling mother. His plan: kidnap local animals and claim the rewards from their owners. As plans go it may not be the best!
The short film stars IFTA host, TV star and actress, Caroline Morahan, as Charlie’s mother, with young actor Lee O’Donoghue as Charlie. Despite being just 10 years of age O’Donoghue has already featured in a slew of Irish shorts, including Help the Poor Struggler, The Monster, Teacher’s Pet, Elev8, and Dog House. The supporting cast includes Liam O’Brien, Nigel Mercier, and Zeb Moore, as well as young actor Brandon Maher who plays Charlie’s nemesis, Sam.
TIFF Kids International Film Festival celebrates it’s 20th anniversary this year as one of the world’s most important cinematic events for young film lovers. TIFF Kids has helped inspire and empower tens of thousands of young people through the discovery of filmmaking and animation. Held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, this year is their largest programme to date, a diverse selection featuring 160 plus films from over 40 countries.
Lost & Found spent most of 2016 doing the festival rounds with screenings at, among others, The Delhi Smile FF in India and at The 23rd Los Angeles International Family Film Festival. The film also received an Honourable Mention at the Chicago Irish Film Festival in March. CIFF director Jude Blackburn wrote that “Lost & Found is a heartwarming film, a wonderful story of love and family and moving on after a great loss”
Lost & Found was also screened in RTE’s Shortscreen strand in July of last year. The Irish Times made it one of their “unmissable picks” of that week saying “…this moving film may leave you reaching for a box of hankies”. The Sunday Times also picked it out as a must see.
In February, Paradox Pictures produced two more short films directed by Liam O’Neill: Danny Boy, which he also wrote, and Kathleen, written by John Morton. Danny Boy is a tale of promises made and of a family leave taking, while Kathleen is a take on a grown up love story.
Kathleen received the Waterford Film Festival’s short script award in 2015 and benefitted from access to Waterford’s FilmLAB equipment locker. Danny Boy received a Carlow County Council ArtLinks grant in 2016 and was shortlisted for the 2016 Waterford FF script award. The films were shot back to back over six days in the rural splendour of Rathanna, County Carlow with generous local support.
The films feature Denis Conway (The Truth Commissioner, Brooklyn), Tara Breathnach (A Nightingale Falling, The Last Days of Anne Boleyn), Margarita Murphy (One Night In Dublin), and feature the debut performances of up-and-comers Amy O’Donoghue and Eloise Broderick.
Kilkenny based film maker Kevin Hughes was DoP on the films, with production design by Annabel Konig, and costumes from Marie Tierney. Nicola Jackson was 1st AD. The films benefitted greatly from support provided by Carlow Institute of Technology.
Both films are currently in post-production and will be completed in June.