Austin Film Festival

‘The Gravedigger’, which I wrote with Gerard Murphy, the author of ‘The Kindness of Strangers’ upon which the screenplay is based, was entered into the 2020 Austin Film Festival drama screenplay competition. We got some welcome news that the screenplay got through to the Second Round. Alas, it didn’t go further. Nevertheless, according to the Austin Film Festival we should take a lot of encouragement from our achievement.

Thank you for submitting your work (The Gravedigger) into the 2020 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition. I am pleased to inform you that your script advanced to the Second Round! It did not advance to the Semifinalist Round but, keep in mind, your placement represents a distinction only achieved by less than 20% of this year’s submissions.
 
Out of 13,175 scripts submitted across all categories, this year’s entries proved to be incredibly competitive and featured a high standard of exemplary stories, including your own. This is a tremendous accomplishment, and you should be very proud of your script’s recognition.

AFF Offical Laurels

So if there is a brave Irish film producer out there looking to stir up a hornet’s nest then our story about an IRA murder squad that abducted and executed numerous people during the Irish War of Independence will fit the bill.

 

Mister Zoo

This is a teaser for a proposed film on Leo Oosterweghel, the now retired director of Dublin Zoo. As a young man he traveled extensively throughout the world to see animals in the wild, and these experiences inspired his vision for habitat design in a zoo setting and how to implement best practice in animal care. Along the way he witnessed the assassination of a president, the aftermath of the toppling of a dictator, and got caught up in a gun battle. The old adage that life is stranger than fiction certainly applies.

Where Shadows Drifted By

‘Where Shadows Drifted By’ is a short film on the painter Mairead O’Byrne that I filmed and edited to coincide with her recent exhibition at the Pearse Museum, Dublin. Mairead had a catastrophic accident to her right hand a few years back that could have ended her career. Determined to overcome the limitations her injury imposed on her she relearned how to paint and altered her style to accomodate her new reality. It is an inspiring story.

John Hemingway – Battle of Britain pilot celebrates his 100th birthday.

Wonderful to see RTE mark the recent 100th birthday of John Hemingway DFC. I had the great pleasure of interviewing him, the footage of which features in our series on the Irish who fought in WWII. The coloured photographs featured in the news report were a gift from me to John. A small gesture on my part to mark his very special birthday. A true gentleman!

Thank you John.