The Librarian’s Cellar: At the Cinema: The Nymph: a beguiling tale…

Oracle Pictures have just released The Nymph, a charming short film, written and directed by Damian Byrne, and shot in Blarney Castle Fairy Gardens and Dublin’s Hellfire Club. With fantastical otherworldly characters, theme and setting, the film depicts The Hunter ( Martin Galligan ) barbarous in his forest domain, the ultimate predator, until a beguiling creature appears, The Nymph ( Anna Ilaya Ozolina ) and a bewitching choreographed seduction begins.

Describing the film as “a nocturnal dream about the equilibrium of nature”, the story was inspired when Damian heard Debussy’s Clair de Lune for the first time. “I had never heard a more beautiful, moving piece of music. It was like being in a dream and I listened to it over and over again. Three maybe four dozen times! I began writing about how each note made me feel and storyboarded what I was visualizing.”

The Nymph was initially written as an animated piece. However after seeing Anna perform ballet in Cork, Damian was further inspired to move the project in a new direction “I was mesmerized by her poses which resembled animation ‘keyframes’, her movement, grace and devastating beauty…I thought of a Greek Siren, luring sailors to their peril! She was The Nymph…and the seed was planted, but it really began to generate when I visited the fairy gardens in Blarney Castle. Now I had my location. Momentum was gathering. ”

The film was financed partially through a Fundit campaign and through self-funding. Also an artist and graphic designer, Damian has just completed work on Season 2 of the Showtime Television series ‘Penny Dreadful’ which is currently nominated for 5 BAFTA Awards.

The Nymph is his directorial debut and is at present being submitted to film festivals at home and abroad. It has already picked up the BEST FILM award from O.I.C. Media screenings at the Lighthouse Cinema. His next project is also a short film. Currently in post-production, The Raven, an interpretation of the Edgar Allan Poe classic poem stars Michael Bates and Aine de Suin, and is co-produced by Oracle Pictures and Reckoner Productions.

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