Nick Cave on the Soundtrack of “The Betrayal”

I’m delighted to announce that with the help of Executive Producer Will Carter I was able to secure music by globally renowned artists Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, as well as Irish & British talents Ryan Vail, Conor Walsh, OCHO and Andy Gillion for the soundtrack of “The Betrayal”.

The film features “Martha’s Dream,” performed by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, under a shared license from BMG, MUTE Song Ltd. and Surefire Films Ltd. The track was originally written for a soundtrack to a 2006 feature film “The Proposition”, starring Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone and Emily Watson.

The Betrayal also features tracks by Ryan Vail from his debut album “For Every Silence”, chosen as the Album of The Week for Huw Stephens show on BBC Radio 1. Ryan was recently nominated for Best Male Solo artist in Ireland 2016.

Another group featured in the film’s eclectic soundtrack is OCHO, a Dublin electronic act which just recently released a new EP “Mouth to Mouth“. The duo performed at Body & Soul, Dublin’s Vicar St (opening for Bell X1), Electric Picnic and Castlepalooza to name a few. Their music has been described as “comfortably creepy, timeless, and ambient.”

Last but not least, The Betrayal’s soundtrack includes “The Front” by the late Conor Walsh, to whom the film is dedicated, and tracks by Andy Gillion, a multi-instrumentalist based in the South West of England.

The Betrayal will premiere at the 24th GAZE International LGBT Film Festival in Dublin on July 31st 2016. Tickets are available here.

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The Betrayal

Produced by Kamila Dydyna, Eilis Abbott & Michael O’Dwyer

Directed by Kamila Dydyna & Natasha Waugh

Executive Producers: William R. Carter, Glen Shire, Aidan Whelan, Charlo Johnson (Zimmerhand Films) and Florencia Iriondo

Cinematography: Malgorzata “Gosia” Zur

Editing: Iseult Howlett

Sound Design: Nikki Moss

Starring: Miriam Devitt, Mark McAuley & Kamila Dydyna

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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My Short Film Screenings At Five Festivals In October

It was a fantastic month for my debut short film Testimony which screened in 5 festivals in 3 countries. October was a Domestic Violence Awareness Month (#DVAM) so being able to share my film with so many audiences globally was an even more incredible experience. Thank you to IndieCork Film Festival, The Richard Harris International Film Festival, Dublin International Short Film And Music Festival, NYC Independent Film Festival and British & Irish Film Season in Luxembourg for screening Testimony!

NYC Indie FF Awards Night: With Florencia Iriondo, Exec Producer, NYC, and Cara Bamford, Producer, Foxrock Productions, UK. Photo by Carlos Otero
NYC Indie FF Awards Night: With Florencia Iriondo, Exec Producer, NYC, and Cara Bamford, Producer, Foxrock Productions, UK. Photo by Carlos Otero

 

Lovely audience at IndieCork Film Festival before the screening of Testimony
Lovely audience at IndieCork Film Festival before the screening of Testimony

Next week, Testimony is screened at the Waterford Film Festival (Nov 7th, 4.30pm), and the week after it will be screened in Rome at the AS Film Festival (14th November, 11.00am). AS Film Festival is the first festival in the world managed entirely by a team of people with Asperger Syndrome (AS, high functioning autistic condition). This year, the festival’s official patron is the European Parliament.

On Saturday 7th November I’ll be attending the Underground Cinema Awards in Dublin. Testimony was nominated in 4 categories, including Best Screenplay. Really looking forward to this one.

Exciting times ahead, stay tuned!

 

 

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.