Gearing up for its premiere at this year’s Richard Harris International Film Festival in Limerick is A Very Irish Family, a WW1 based TV Drama pilot written/created by Declan and Rob Gill and directed by Emmet Kelly.  A Very Irish Family is a co-production between Aonach Productions and Burning House Productions and was shot on locations in Co. Limerick,  Co. Dublin and Co. Cavan this summer. Set design and additional production services were provided by recently established Emerald Giant Productions.

Set in Tipperary, Flanders and Gallipoli, this pilot for a TV series in development, introduces the well-to-do and politically influential Gleeson family of Tipperary (based on a real-life family and real events) as the tumultuous events of the early 20th Century threaten to tear the family apart.

A Very Irish Family tells the tale of one family, but the pilot also tells the story of tens of thousands of Irish families, from all classes and political persuasions, during the Great War – those who went and those left behind.
Rob Gill, Writer and Executive producer

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Director Emmet Kelly (The Current) and award-winning Director of Photography Eamonn Murphy (Lost MemoriesThe Great Wide OpenI’ve Been a Sweeper) recently picked up awards for best film and best director at the Discover Film Awards London for their film Lost Memories.  Lost Memories is also screening at the festival. The pilot was edited by BAFTA and Emmy award winning editor Bob Caldwell, with sound mixing and post production services provided by Eric Friend (South Park, Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill) and Skylark Creative in Austin Texas.
The lead cast for A Very Irish Family consists of Joe Mullins (Pilgrim HillThe Clockmaker’s DreamIn View), Aoife King (Lost Memories), Anthony Moriarty (The Lobster), Mei Bignall (Penny Dreadful), Eamonn Elliott, Hannah Osborne (They Shoot People), and Emmet Kelly (Lost MemoriesThe Current).
A Very Irish Family will premiere this Sunday the 29th of October at 3.30pm and precedes the retrospective screening of Cry the Beloved Country in the Belltable. Tickets for all RHIFF screenings are available here.

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