Current Irish projects funded by MEDIA
the killing of a sacred deer
Great news for Element Pictures - their MEDIA supported film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer has been selected to show in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos who was also at the helm of another Element and MEDIA film, The Lobster. Both films feature Colin Farrell in a lead role.
school life documentary (formerly in loco parentis)
School Life is a documentary directed by Neasa Ní Chianán and David Rane for Soilsiú Teoranta. This observational documentary follows a year in the lives of two inspirational teachers in the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. Headfort in Meath, a school not unlike Hogwarts with its 18th century buildings, secret doors and magical woodlands has been home to John and Amanda Leyden for 46 years.
The documentary received Creative Europe MEDIA Single Project development funding in 2014. 'We were successful in getting some Creative Europe development funding and this saw us through our first year of filming. From this material we were able to put together some assemblies of different sections of the school, which helped IFB and RTE to commit beyond development,' Neasa Ní Chianáin told IFTN earlier this year.
School Life was a hit at this year's Dublin International Film Festival and is getting rave reviews here and abroad. Keep an eye out for screenings nationwide in your local cinema clubs and at the Irish Film Institute Dublin where it will be screened twice daily from Friday 03 March to Thursday 9 March. School Life will screen at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Special Presentations Program. Hot Docs Festival runs from 27 - 30 April, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.
Update 18 April 2017: School Life was awarded the Special Jury Prize at San Francisco International Film Festival 05-19 April, 2017.
the farthest documentary
The Farthest is a documentary written and directed by Emer Reynolds and produced by Crossing The Line Productions which included the project in their successful 2014 Slate Project Development Funding application. More than 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space - the first human-made object ever to do so. Slowly dying within its heart is a nuclear generator that will beat for perhaps another decade before the lights on Voyager finally go out.
The Voyager will travel on for millions of years, carrying a Golden Record bearing recordings and images of life on Earth. In all likelihood, Voyager will outlive humanity. This documentary celebrates the men and women who built the spaceship and the vision that propelled them farther than anyone could ever have hoped.
The Farthest won the Audience Award at the Dublin International Film Festival and was also awarded Best Irish Documentary and the George Byrne Maverick Award at the Dublin Film Critics Circle awards this February. With beautiful cinematography by Kate McCullough, the film is garnering great reviews and will be one to watch in 2017.
Update: The Farthest is one of three Irish films selected for the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, taking place from 19-30 April in New York. It will feature in Tribeca's Viewpoint category.
handsome devil film
Handsome Devil directed by John Butler was the Dublin International Film Festival's Closing Night Gala. A coming of age tale from Irish novelist and filmmaker, John Butler, it's the story of bullied outsider, Ned, and macho athlete, Conor, who are forced to share a bedroom at their rugby-mad boarding school. Their unlikely friendship takes them both by surprise as they bond over music and begin practicing guitar together. Treasure Entertainment included this project as part of their successful Slate Funding application in 2014. In cinemas from April.
Directed by Brendan Muldowney, Pilgrimage is a medieval drama set in Ireland in 1209. A group of monks set out on a pilgrimage across an Ireland that is in grip of tribal warfare and suffering the expansion of Norman invaders. Escorting a holy relic to Rome, the group's progress is seen through the eyes of a young novice and a mute lay-brother with a violent past.
The cast features Tom Holland (Spider Man) as a novice monk and Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) as a knight. Irish actors include John Lynch, Hugh O’Conor and Ruaidhri Conroy. Pilgrimage received Single Project Development Funding for Savage Productions. The film will feature alongside Irish MEDIA funded documentary, The Farthest, at Tribeca Film Festival Viewpoint category.
the secret scripture film
The Secret Scripture was produced by Ferndale Films who received MEDIA development support for this project in 2012 under the Slate Funding Scheme. Based on Sebastian Barry’s acclaimed novel, this is Jim Sheridan’s first Irish-set film since The Boxer (1997). The story explores the life of Roseanne McNulty (Vanessa Redgrave), a woman confined to a psychiatric hospital for five decades. As the institution is about to close, Dr. Grene (Eric Bana) is sent to see whether she’s fit to be released. He’s intrigued by Roseanne’s eccentricities and her diary. As he delves into her past, Dr. Grene gets to know the younger Roseanne (Rooney Mara) and learns the terrible truth about her confinement.
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Éire Fhiáin – An Cósta Thiar TV series
The two-part nature documentary, Éire Fhiáin – An Cósta Thiar, aired on 01 and 08 March on TG4. A viusal feast exploring Galway, Donegal and the Connemara Islands, Éire Fhiáin – An Cósta Thiar is a Crossing The Line production for TG4, takes you on a wildlife journey across one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world that encompasses Ireland's most striking wild environments. The two-part series was developed and produced with the support of MEDIA Television Funding for Crossing the Line Productions for TG4 in association with BBC, ORF, PBS, France TV and NDR.
projects to look out for in 2017 and beyond
- Wolfwalkers | ANIMATED FEATURE| Twice Oscar-nominated Irish director Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells; Song Of The Sea) is gearing up his third feature film, Wolfwalkers. Supported by Creative Europe Slate Development Funding.
- The End of Romance | FILM | Director and writer, Trish McAdam received the largest single funding award from the Irish Film Board this year for her feature about Maud Gonne. The project was awarded Single Project Development funding in 2015.
- Sea Fever | FILM | A supernatural thriller written and directed by Neasa Hardiman and produced by Fantastic Films who received Single Project Development funding for Sea Fever in 2014.