Among the other irons in the fire which keep me busy, apart from writing, is film production and my shop in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. This year my production company www.veridian3films.com was awarded by the Kildare Arts Council for a documentary on Castletown House, the details of which are below.
I would like to thank the Kildare County Council Arts for their award to myself and a co-producer Jules Charlton for their
Kildare County Council is delighted to announce details of its 2019 Short Grass Film commissions, for two films to be shot on location in the county. Following an extensive short-listing and interview process, two awards of €12,500 will be made.
The first award was made to writer Megan Devaney and Bear Print Media for their short film ‘Blue’.
‘Blue’ is a comedy, looking at feelings and how they can be hard for a six year old to understand. In this film, little Katie is lucky to have her best friends Barry and Betty to help her out.
Producer Finbarr Crotty said, ‘we are more than delighted to be given the opportunity to make a short film with Kildare County Council. We look forward to working with the talent Kildare has to offer and it’s locations across the county. We are sure it will be as fun to make as it is for our audience to watch’.
The second commission was awarded to writer David Christopher Lynch, director Natasha Waugh and will be produced by Dundara Productions for their short film ”We Don’t Choose How”. This film explores ‘how one person deals with overwhelming grief, while also inspiring hope in the human spirit’.
According to writer David, ‘The film will move people, provoke thought and ultimately make us all think twice about the homeless crisis in Ireland today. Just as there are no overnight successes, there are no overnight solutions. Hopefully, this film can be one step among hundreds needed to make a change to our society’.
The film’s director Natasha Waugh commented, ‘films with a social conscience have always been important to me, and I’m really grateful that Kildare County Council can provide us with the resources and support to create a film such as this. It’s also a great incentive to shoot in Kildare and show off what it can surely offer our film industry in its beautiful surroundings, and its adaptability for all types of locations that films need.
Enda GraceGrace, producer, commented ‘In the early stages of cinema, all films were short films. They are a hugely important art form and a big part of what we do at Dundara Television & Media Productions. A few years back we produced a thirteen part television series about the Irish short film industry and discovered a thriving sector with hugely talented people at its core’.
Two further awards were made for Short Grass Short Film bursary awards for €1,500. The first project is ‘Memories of Mariga’, written by Jules Charlton and produced by Colin Weldon about Marie-Gabrielle von Urach, who was married to Desmond Guinness and who founded the Irish Georgian Society, fighting to save house like Castletown House. According to Jules, ‘It is fantastic for us to get the support of the Kildare Arts Office to make our film “Memories of Mariga’ and to be able to tell her story against the magnificent canvas of Kildare.”
“The second Short Grass Short Film bursary award was made to writer/director Margaret Kane-Rowe and Frame It Productionswith producer Richard Kearney, for the short film ‘Duck Egg Blue’ a comedy, set in a bathroom and tile store, a humorous take on the phenomenon of the “Ikea effect” where décor shopping can bring a relationship to the brink of breakdown.
Margaret and Richard are thrilled to have the opportunity to make this film in their home county, Kildare. ‘We already have a talented Kildare-based cast and crew attached and are very grateful to the Kildare Arts Office for the support and the belief shown in our project.
Arts Officer for Kildare County Council Lucina Russell congratulated this year’s award winners, ‘The momentum around the Short Grass Film commissions and bursary awards grows each year and we look forward to supporting these talented filmmakers in their endeavours, through the grant-aid and other resources.