“Mary” and “Mother” Premieres at Galway Film Fleadh

Two short films on which I worked as production manager earlier this year will premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh. If you’re in Galway 13th/ 14th July, check out the details (and tickets) here: 

“Mary” – dir Shaun O’Connor, prod. Sharon Cronin, starring Mark O’Halloran (Adam & Paul) Tickets.

“Mother” – dir Natasha Waugh, prod. Sharon Cronin, starring Hilary Rose (The Young Offenders): Tickets.

See you in Galway!

Catcalls Premiere at Cork Film Festival

Catcalls“, a short horror funded by the Irish Film Board, will have its world premiere during Cork Film Festival on 18th November.

I had the pleasure of working on the film as Production Manager. We filmed Catcalls over 4 days in May 2017 and it’s exciting to see the film premiere at Cork Film Festival. Written and directed by Kate Dolan, produced by Aoife Kelly, with cinematography by Piers McGrail, the film explores the themes of street harassment and women being made victims in safe spaces. In this fictional horror, the power is shifted and the predator becomes the prey.

Don’t miss the premiere screening on November 18th at 4pm. Details and tickets: click here.

Irish Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Short vs. Hurricane Ophelia

There aren’t many sci-fi comedy shorts made in Ireland and so I was delighted to work as production Manager with the team behind “Rip to the Rescue“. The film was funded by Kildare County Council, written by Cian McGarrigle, directed by Paudie Baggott and produced by Sarah Barr.

LA actor Ryan Stanger as Rip

 

We shot over 5 days in October in Kildare, and had to deal with the Hurricane Ophelia, forcing us to cancel one of the shooting days. The team behind the film are currently crowdfunding to cover additional costs caused by the hurricane.

Starring Ryan Stanger (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Conan), Rose Henderson (Father Ted, Penny Dreadful), and Clare Monnelly (Moone Boy, Nowhere Fast) the film pits an all-American Hero against an all-knowing Irish Mammy. Sure he’s got a laser gun but she’s got the wooden spoon. Civilisation might have crumbled but Mammy still knows best and god help anyone who thinks otherwise.

Rose Henderson as the Mammy

 

Support the film’s post-production if you can – the crowdfunding campaign runs until 14 November 2017.

 

The Betrayal: Homecoming from Cannes, Irish Women in Film

Belltable Limerick and the Richard Harris International Film Festival created a programme of five screenings celebrating Irish women in film. I’m delighted to have The Betrayal included in the program.

  • Waitwriter/director Audrey O’Reilly
  • Uisce Beatha writer/director Elaine Kennedy
  • Deirdrewriter/director Jo Southwell
  • The Betrayalwriter/co-director Kamila Dydyna/co-director Natasha Waugh
  • The Fireman and the Nurse – writer/director Gemma Doorly

All five titles screened at the Richard Harris Industry Party in May during the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Tickets here.

The Betrayal’s Premiere at GAZE LGBT Film Festival

Delighted to announce that our newly-completed short film THE BETRAYAL will have its world premiere at the 24th GAZE International LGBT Film Festival in Dublin.

Since 1992, GAZE has become Ireland’s largest LGBT film event, and the country’s biggest LGBT gathering outside of Dublin Pride. I can’t imagine a more perfect audience for my 2nd film which focuses, among other things, on sexual identity and LGBT matters. It’s also such a privilege to be screened in a program which includes Paddy Breathnach’s VIVA and Edmund Lynch’s A DIFFERENT COUNTRY.

THE BETRAYAL is a 26-min drama which I co-directed with Natasha Waugh earlier this year. It was shot by Malgorzata “Gosia” Zur, and co-produced by Michael O’Dwyer (Driftwood Doll Films) and Eilis Abbott, with the Executive Producers team including William R. Carter (UK), Glen Shire, Charlo Johnson, Aidan Whelan (Ireland) and Florencia Iriondo (NYC).

The film features Miriam Devitt, myself and Mark McAuley in leading roles. We’re particularly proud of the soundtrack which includes tracks by Conor Walsh, Ryan Vail, OCHO and Andy Gillion, with our biggest soundtrack name to be announced shortly.

Watch out for THE BETRAYAL in the Irish Shorts programme on Sunday 31st July, at 6.30pm in The Light House Cinema! Click here for tickets.

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Four Nominations for Testimony at the Underground Cinema Awards!

Underground Cinema is one of the most diverse and innovative businesses in the Irish entertainment and film industry. Their annual Independent Film Awards celebrate the very best in independently funded Irish feature films.

We are thrilled to have received four nominations at yesterday’s nomination night in the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire.

  • Best Supporting Actress for Hilary Cotter
  • Best Costume Design for Gwen Jeffares-Hourie
  • Best Screenplay for Kamila Dydyna
  • Rising Star Award for Kamila Dydyna

Complete list of nominees can be found here.

The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday November 7th.

Testimony Secures a Broadcast License With US ShortsHD™

Following its selection to New York City Independent Film Festival, Irish short “Testimony” was picked up by US Channel ShortsHD™ for a 3-year broadcast license deal. Testimony is a debut film from writer/ director Kamila Dydyna, produced by Eamonn Tutty of Reckoner Productions (Ireland) and Cara Bamford of Foxrock Productions (U.K.)

The film addresses the subject of domestic violence through the eyes of a child put in a witness stand. It features all-Irish cast, including 11-year-old Olivia Daly, Clodagh Downing (Patsy Dick, Darkness On The Edge Of Town), Neill Fleming (The Hit Producer, Game of Thrones) and Hilary Cotter (The Tudors). The film was shot by Alan Rogers and edited by Daragh Murphy (November Seven Films). Executive Producers team includes Florencia Iriondo (U.S.), Niall Murphy (Ireland) and Brandon Smith (Australia, Chien Noir Films).

“Testimony” already picked up an Award of Merit in the U.S. IndieFEST Film Awards. The film will have its Irish festival premiere on September 12th during the Underground Cinema Film Festival. It will also be screened during Australian Speak Up Film Festival on August 31st, with the NYC premiere following on 16th October.

“Testimony” will be available on ShortsHD™ for 3 years, starting in November 2015. ShortsHD is a world-leading short movie media group, available to 40 million homes, with over 11 million subscribers in 54 countries. The channel is owned and operated by Shorts International Ltd, headquartered in London with its US head office in Los Angeles. Since 2006, Shorts International has produced the OSCAR® Nominated Short Film theatrical release, distributing it to theaters across North America and Europe with its global media partners. In 2008, Shorts International became one of the earliest iTunes movie partners, bringing hundreds of the world’s best independent shorts to the iTunes audience, years before the iTunes Movie Store launched.

First Irish Festival for Testimony

I’m delighted to announce that my short film Testimony will have its Irish festival premiere at the 6th Underground Cinema Film Festival in September.

Official Selection UCFF 2015

 

The film, which is my writing and directorial debut, will also be featured in the 4th edition of the CinéWomen magazine. Honoring the influence of women in video art, independent cinema and choreography, Testimony will be featured among a selection of worldwide artists for their 2015 Edition.

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Lastly, if you’re based in Dublin, come join us in the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoighre on July 30th, where Testimony will be featured as part of the Underground Cinema Short Film Screenings. Looking forward to seeing you there! Details on the lineup of the shorts can be found here.

Testimony is produced by Reckoner Productions (Ireland) and Foxrock Productions (UK).

Executive Producers: Chien Noir Films, Florencia Iriondo, Niall Murphy, Kamila Dydyna, Catherine Preston, Alan Rogers.

Associate Producers: Driftwood Doll Films.