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THE LODGERS is set in rural Ireland during its war of independence in the early 1920s and tells the story of Anglo-Irish twins Rachel and Edward who are just about to turn eighteen. They reside in a crumbling manor on the edge of a village, where they have lived alone since their parents' untimely death. Except they are not entirely alone-for they share the house with an unseen spiritual force which resides in the basement, known only as The Lodgers. The twins must live by very strict rules set out by The Lodgers, or face unknown and devastating punishments. The film was directed by Brian O'Malley (Let Us Prey) and produced by Ruth Treacy and Julianne Forde of Tailored Films from a script written by David Turpin. It stars Charlotte Vega, Bill Milner, Eugene Simon (Game Of Thrones), David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game Of Thrones) and Moe Dunford (Patrick's Day). It will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 8th 2017.
CARDBOARD GANGSTERS is an urban crime drama about a group of young men and their attempt to gain control of the drug trade in Darndale, an impoverished area in Dublin's Northside, chasing the glorified lifestyle of money, power and sex. The film is directed by Mark O'Connor (Between The Canals, King Of The Travellers), produced by Richard Bolger and stars John Connors (Love/Hate, King Of The Travellers), Kirsten Wareing (Fish Tank, Eastenders) and Fionn Walton (Out Of Here, What Richard Did). The film won the Best Film, Best Actor and Film of the Festival awards at the 2017 Manchester Film Festival and the Outstanding Achievement In Filmmaking award at the 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival in California. It was released in Irish cinemas on June 16th 2017 to great acclaim and box office and in UK cinemas on August 4th 2017. You can see the trailer here.
MOON DOGS is a coming of age comedy drama following two teenage step brothers on a road trip across Scotland and the enigmatic girl who comes between them. The film was directed by Philip John (Downton Abbey, Outlander), produced by Kathy Speirs and written by Raymond Friel & Derek Boyle. The cast includes Tara Lee, Jack Parry Jones, Christy O'Donnell, Tanya Franks and Denis Lawson. The score was composed by Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre. The film received its World Premiere at the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival on Friday 17th June 2016 where it received great reviews. It was also screened at the Galway Film Fleadh in July 2016 where it won the Best International First Film Award. Moon Dogs won the Jury Best Film and Best Actor (Jack Parry-Jones) awards at the 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival in California. It will be released in cinemas in Ireland and the UK on September 1st 2017.
Read the Screen Daily review here.
LET US PREY
LET US PREY, a horror/thriller feature film directed by Brian O'Malley, had its world premiere at the Brussels International Fantastic Films Festival (BIFFF) on the 17th of April 2014 and won the Silver Méliès Award for Best European horror film. The film stars Liam Cunningham (Hunger, Game Of Thrones), and Pollyanna McIntosh (Filth, The Woman). It was produced by John McDonnell, Brendan McCarthy and Eddie Dick.
The film has been released in the on Netflix (US only), DVD and Blu-ray and is available on iTunes in Ireland and the UK. The trailer can be viewed here.
Rockmount, a short film written and directed by Dave Tynan and produced by Michael Donnelly under the Irish Film Board's Signature Shorts programme, won the Audience Award at the 2014 Kerry Film Festival and it was screened seven times at the 2014 Cork Film Festival. The film also won the Tiernan McBride Award for the Best Short Drama at the 2014 Galway Film Fleadh and the Best Short Film award at the 2015 Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) awards. The film centres on the eleven year old Roy Keane and his single minded desire to dominate midfield. The trailer can be viewed here.
AFTER, a short film directed by Seán Branigan, written by Amy De Bhrún and produced by Kathryn Kennedy. It stars Amy and Paul Reid as a couple dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic attack. The short has been screened at the Galway Film Fleadh, the LA Femme Film Festival and at the 2014 Cork Film Festival.
The trailer can be viewed here.
More information can be found here.
STANDBY, a romantic comedy feature film directed by Ronan & Rob Burke, written by Pierce Ryan, produced by John Wallace and edited by myself & John Murphy. It stars Jessica Paré (Mad Men) and Brian Gleeson (The Stag) as former lovers meeting by chance in Dublin. The film was screened at the 2014 Cork Film Festival and is now available to download across digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Blinkbox, FilmFlex, Google Play, Sky Store, Microsoft Xbox. It’s also available on DVD in stores across Ireland and on Amazon.
The trailer and more information can be found here.
Kieran Evans was awarded the 2014 BAFTA for Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer based on writing and directing KELLY+VICTOR. The feature film is based on the novel of the same name by Niall Griffiths. The film has been released on DVD & BluRay and is available here.
Citadel, the feature film debut of writer/director Ciarán Foy, is a horror film set in a crumbling housing estate in Glasgow. It stars Aneurin Barnard and James Cosmo and it won the Midnighters Audience Award at SXSW 2012, Best First Feature award at Galway Film Fleadh 2012, best film award at the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival 2012, Best Director, Best Actor, (Aneurin Barnard), Puchon Fantastic Film Festival, South Korea, 2012.
This short film, directed by Brian O'Malley and produced by Gary Moore, was made as part of the Irish Film Board's Signatures Programme. It is set in Eastern Burma (Myanmar) and tells the story of a young Karen girl and her attempts to survive against the brutality of the Burmese Junta's army. It features stunning cinematography by Richard Kendrick and a terrific score by Steve Lynch. It is available to view on Vimeo.