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BLACK MIRROR 'BANDERSNATCH'
Black Mirror: BANDERSNATCH is a standalone Netflix interactive film. It was written by Charlie Brooker and was directed by David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night, American Gods). It stars Fionn Whitehead, Colin Poulter, Alice Lowe, Asim Choudhry and Craig Parkinson.
In 1984, a young programmer begins to question reality as he adapts a sprawling fantasy novel into a video game and soon faces a mind-mangling challenge. The interactive nature of the film means that the viewer can make choices as to what happens next, getting deeper into the nightmare.
BLACK MIRROR 'METALHEAD'
"Metalhead" is the fifth episode of the fourth season of anthology series Black Mirror, now available on Netflix. It was written by Charlie Brooker and was directed by David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night, American Gods).
The first Black Mirror episode filmed entirely in black and white, the episode follows the plight of Bella (Maxine Peake) trying to flee from a robotic "dog" after the unexplained collapse of human society.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 film can be viewed 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.