Irish Language Short Film Programme November 2018- May 2019 Season

The Maynooth Film for All Club season finished this month and will resume in October 2019. I was delighted to once again be invited to curate a programme of short films for the season, and had great fun selecting some wonderful films, all made in the Irish language. As always, the standard of productions was very high. Congratulations to all the filmmakers on their amazing work, and thanks also to Dingle Film Festival for providing contacts to their Fisín awardees.

 


‘An Mhallacht’

Written by Antoin Beag Ó Colla and directed by Coilin O Scolai. This dark comedy drama revolves around two brothers and how the Mayo GAA Curse of 1951 affects their daily lives – pushing them to the point where they go against all they believe to be true.

 

‘Bonsoir Luna’

Written and directed by Donncha Gilmore, is an Irish Language, musical romance, funded by the Arts Council: Street artist Duke loves the blind barista Luna, who runs the George’s Street Arcade coffee shop. However, Luna’s mother Paula distrusts Duke, so he must enlist his fellow street artists’ help to win her over.

 

‘Eadrainn Féin’

Directed by Daithí O Cinnéide and written and produced by Mairead Kiernan. A farmer’s life changes when his son begins to question his gender identity.

 


‘Stuama’

Starring Enda Clarke, Fred McCloskey and Joe Greaney, STUAMA follows David, a young man in his early twenties preparing to go prison for the first time. Winner of the Dingle Film Festival Pitching Competition 2012, the film was written and directed by Paul Webster and produced by Eamon de Staic.

 


‘Táimse im’ Chodladh’

Written and Directed by Denis Buckley. Produced by Ciarán Walsh. Starring Marcus Lamb. An Irish author alone in a room picks up faint sounds of a language falling and raising through the long wave frequency of his transistor. Winner of the Físín short film award scheme at the Dingle International Film Festival 2013.

 


‘Sile’

When an adolescent girl’s father becomes romantically involved with another woman, her world is torn asunder. Written by Seamus Moran. Directed by Cathal Ó Cuaig. Produced by Ciarán Ó Cofaigh. Starring Úna Ni Fhlatharta, Beartla Ó Flatharta, Caroline Ni Dhubhchóin and Conal O’Céidigh.


‘An Cat’

In the aftermath of his wife’s funeral Mairtín (Frank Kelly) frustrated and unable to grieve her loss pushes his family away and isolates himself at home. His only wish, to be left in peace, is respected by everyone except his wife’s beloved pet cat.

Crediting the Writers of 10 of My Favourite Movies.

Just for fun, I recently listed 10 movies that had an impact on me, posting just one image per film on social media, with no explanations. Of course there are many, many more films that I could have chosen, but these ones came instinctively at this time and so they made this particular top ten list.

Using the hashtag #creditwriters, there is currently an important campaign to credit the writers of films, who are very often omitted from not just film posters and advertising, but also from film festival, award, review and media coverage.

Hence this post. So here are the films I listed, with all due credit to the amazing writers who conjured these incredible stories. Without them, we would not have such extraordinary movies to watch, which in my case means several times over!

THE BABADOOK 

Written and Directed by Jennifer Kent.

 

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THE OTHERS

Written and Directed by Alejandro Amenábar

 

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THE APARTMENT

Written by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond

 

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THE INNOCENTS

Based on The Turn of The Screw by Henry James.

Screenplay by William Archibold, Truman Capote and John Mortimer

 

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THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

Based on the novel by Davis Grubb

Screenplay written by James Agee

 

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THE SIXTH SENSE

Written and Directed by M. Night. Shyamalan

 

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE

Based on the novel by Henry Farrell. Screenplay by Lukas Heller

 

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PAN’S LABYRINTH

Written and Directed by Guillermo Del Toro

 

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SUNSET BOULEVARD

Written by Charles Brackett, S.M. Marshman and Billy Wilder

 

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ANGEL HEART

Based on the novel by William Hjortsberg. Screenplay by Alan Parker

 

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About Caroline: Writer and Director of FRAMED (2018). Author of the novel, LADY BETH (2017), winner of the Carousel Aware Prize. Writer of the short films ADAM (2013) and the award-winning IN RIBBONS (2015).

 

 

On Film: FRAMED begins the festival journey…

I am delighted to announce that FRAMED has been selected to screen at two wonderful film festivals. The 9th Underground Cinema Film Festival and Spook Screen, both happening this September.

Dates and screening times to follow. Although I have written and produced short films, this is my directorial debut, so I am very excited that it will soon be seen on the big screen!

FRAMED tells a spooky tale about a gothic artist, Joe, who’s fantasy is to paint his beautiful wife into one of his rather grotesque works of art. Happenstance will give him his wish – though not in the way that he could ever have expected – when Cathy arranges for his debut exhibition of paintings to be held in a creepy old house… you can check out FRAMED Facebook Page HERE

The Haunted and Fantastical: Short Film Programme 2017-2018 Season

The Maynooth Film for All Club season finished this month and will resume in October 2018. I was delighted to be invited to present another programme of short films for the season, and had great fun devising a theme and selecting some wonderful films. As always, the standard of submitted productions was very high, but unfortunately, I could only include seven films in the final programme. The theme I chose this time around was ‘The Haunted and Fantastical’ with an aim to screen films that were chilling and unusual and would most likely leave a lasting impression! With a mix of horror, fantasy and even some comedy, we received great feedback from the MFFA audiences, so here is the full selection and congrats to all the filmmakers on the amazing work.

 

THE CLOCKMAKER’S DREAM
A live action fantasy/art-house short, written/directed by Cashell Horgan (Paddy), starring Joe Mullins (Pilgrim Hill), and narrated by Jared Harris (Fringe, Mad Man, Sherlock Holmes, Lincoln, etc.)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4837506
http://www.facebook.com/theclockmakersdream

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STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT

Horror Comedy written by Gavin Keane, Directed by Conor McMahon and starring Niamh Algar, Michael Hough, Nora Relihan

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4515108/

https://www.facebook.com/StrangersintheNightShortFilm

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TH3 ROOM

When Jean clicks on an email link, it seems to be just a static shot of an empty room but on closer inspection all is not what it appears to be.

Written and Directed by Sean Breathnach

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1855371/

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THE NYMPH

A short fantasy written and directed by Damian Draven, starring Martin Galligan and Anna Ilaya Ozolina

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4536860/

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THE PIGMAN

An outcast creature pines to be accepted by his local village. One night, outside his mountainous home, an opportunity arises. Written and Directed by Rik Gordon, starring Robert Render, Kathleen Bridget Murphy, Robbie Beggs and Jay Dee

https://www.facebook.com/thepigmanfilm

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SANDBOY

A tale of loss and redemption. Written and Directed by Vittoria Colonna, starring Wallis Murphy- Gunn.

https://www.facebook.com/Sandboythemovie

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LOST BOY

A story about the imagination of children, and the unbreakable bond between brothers.

Written and Directed by John Christopher

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Caroline is writer and director of FRAMED (2018)  and has also written and co-produced IN RIBBONS (2015) and ADAM (2013). She is the author of the award-winning novel, LADY BETH.

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FRAMED: The Trailer is up!

I am delighted to release the trailer of my directorial debut. Big hugs of gratitude to all who collaborated with me to make this happen. To find out more about the cast and crew, please visit our Facebook page at the link below…

 

FRAMED, a Short Film 

 

More news coming soon!

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I am also the author of the novels LADY BETH which won the award for BEST NOVEL at the Carousel Aware Prize and ARKYNE, STORY OF A VAMPIRE, I have also written several feature-length and short screenplays including ADAM [2013] and the multi-award winner, IN RIBBONS [2015].

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Animation in Irish Short Film: Maynooth Film for All Short Film Programme 2016 – 2017

I was once again delighted to be asked to curate another short film programme for Maynooth Film for All [MFFA], a joint partnership between Kildare Library & Arts Service and the Department of Media Studies in Maynooth University. The film club is also affiliated with access>CINEMA.

Hosted by the University and generally held in the IONTAS Building on the first Wednesday of every month, the short film programme ran from October 2016 to May 2017. Each of the films I selected screened before the main feature. All were very well received and attendance figures were consistently good.

I decided to theme the programme around Animation in Irish Short Film, to further showcase some of the fantastic Irish talent that is out there, but also to take an opportunity to screen a wide variety of different themes and styles of filmmaking. Unfortunately, I couldn’t screen every film I viewed, which is a pity, but here are some of the best!

 

LOVE IS A STING

Struggling children’s book writer Harold Finch gains an unexpected house guest in the form of an ageing, hyper-intelligent mosquito named Anabel.

Written by Benjamin Cleary and directed by Vincent Gallagher.

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ANYA

ANYA is a five-minute animated film, charting twenty years in the life of a Russian orphan. It is a unique initiative with To Russia With Love to help raise funds for the charity. 

Written and directed by Damien O’Connor

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Morgan M. Morgensen’s Date with Destiny

Morgan M. Morgensen nervously survives his first date with the love of his life, Destiny.

Written by Sarah Daly. Directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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THE DUEL

Inspired by Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, the film was created and directed by Giant Animation as part of the Animation Hub, a work experience programme set up for students to work on live projects.

Directed by Alex Sherwood, Ben Harper and Sean Mullen

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DEADLY

The story of Boney, a working stiff who doesn’t care about his dead-end job. That is until, he has a run-in with a spirited old lady named Bridie…

Written and Directed by Aidan McAteer

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SECOND TO NONE

Frederick Butterfield has been second place his entire long life, but when his slightly older twin brother becomes the oldest person alive, Frederick sees an opportunity to finally take first place. ‘Second To None’ follows Frederick’s attempts to make it to number one.

Written and Directed by Vincent Gallagher

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CITY OF ROSES

One Halloween night a smouldering suitcase was pulled off a bonfire in Dublin and thus was saved a true story of love, loss and hope.

Written and Directed by Andrew Kavanagh

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My thanks to all of the featured filmmakers. Astoundingly talented, all of them! Also, big thanks to the enthusiastic audiences who came along to the screenings, and to Brenda Brady and Denis Condon for the continued facilitation of Maynooth Film For All.

The Librarian’s Cellar: At the Cinema: From Novel to Screen: Six Irish women writers who paved the way…

Always inspiring to see the novels of Irish female authors transfer to the big screen through film adaptations. A few that come to mind straight way are Edna O’Brien , Celia Aherne, the late Maeve Binchy, and Emma Donoghue. But how many others can you name?

I came up with the following Six:

 

1: Katherine Cecil Thurston: The Masquerader 

Katherine Cecil Madden was born in Cork in 1885. Thurston was her married name. Her novels were successful in both Britain and America. She also wrote The Gambler (1905) and Max (1910) Thurston’s career was cut short at the age of 36 when she was found dead in her hotel room in Cork.

Masquerader

John Chilcote, M.P (1904) Thurston’s political thriller, became the book and film, The Masquerader in the United States. It was filmed four times, the first as a silent film in 1912 under the title The Compact. The second production was in 1920, a Russian/French co-production titled Chlen parlamenta. It was also produced in 1922, and again in 1933 starring Ronald Colman

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2: Dorothy McArdle: The Uninvited

Born in Dundalk in 1889 and from a wealthy brewing family, Dorothy was a journalist, novelist, playwright, teacher, political activist and historian. She wrote The Irish Republic,  a narrative account of the Irish War of Independence, and her novels include The Dark Enchantment (1953), The Unforeseen (1946) and Uneasy Freehold (1941), which later became The Uninvited (1942). She died in 1958.

The_Uninvited_(1944_film)

The Uninvited (1944) starred Ray Miland, Ruth Hussey and Donald Crisp. A supernatural romance, it was directed by Lewis Allen with adaptation written by Frank Partos and Dodie Smith, (yes, she of The Hundred and One Dalmatians!)

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3: R.A. Dick: The Ghost and Mrs Muir

R.A. Dick was the pseudonym of Irish writer Josephine Aimee Campbell Leslie. Very little is known about Josephine. She was born in Wexford in 1898 and died in 1979. She also wrote Duet for Two Hands (1960) and The Devil and Mrs Devine (1974).

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The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1947) starred Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison and George Sanders. A supernatural romance, it was directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz with adaptation written by Philip Dunne. Philip also wrote the screenplay for The Last of the Mohicans (1992). A TV sitcom of The Ghost and Mrs Muir ran from 1968 – 1970.

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4: Somerville and Ross: The Irish RM

Somerville (Edith Anna Somerville:1858-1949) and Ross (Violet Florence Martin: 1862-1915) were Irish cousins who collaborated on writing novels and short stories about the Irish society of their time.

The Irish RM

The successful TV series of ‘The Irish R.M.’ was based on their collection of short stories, Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. written in 1899. Other works by the authors include  An Irish Cousin (1889) and The Real Charlotte (1894)

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5: Elizabeth Bowen: The Last September

Elizabeth Bowen was born in Dublin in 1899. Her works include Friends and Relations (1931) The Demon Lover and Other Stories (1945) and Eva Trout (1968). She died in 1973.

The last September

Set against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, and centred on the lives of the Naylor family in their Cork country mansion Danielstown, the film was released in 1999, starring Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon.

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6: Time after time: Molly Keane

Molly Keane was born in Kildare in 1904, real name, Mary Nesta Skrine. Between 1928 and 1956, she wrote eleven novels, and some plays, under the pseudonym M.J. Farrell. She used her married name, Keane, for her later novels, several of which have been adapted for television.

Time after time

 

‘Time after Time’ (1986) was made for TV, and starred John Gielgud, Googie Withers and Trevor Howard. It was directed by Bill Hays, with screenplay written by Andrew Davies, who also wrote the screenplay for Bridget Jones Diary and lately, House of Cards, Mister Selfridge and War and Peace.