The Galway Film Fleadh 2014 which takes place this year from Tuesday, 8th July to Sunday, 13th July has just announced the nominees for this year’s Bingham Ray New Talent Award. The nominees include rising stars in the areas of production, acting and directing. The winner of the 2014 Bingham Ray New Talent Award will be announced at the closing night awards ceremony, which takes place in the Town Hall Theatre on Sunday, 13th July. This year’s nominees are:
- Producer, Anne Marie Naughton for The Canal
- Actor, Moe Dunford for Patrick’s Day
- Director, Niall Heery for Gold
- Actor, Tara Breathnach for A Nightingale Falling
- Actor, Dara Devaney for An Bronntanas
Patrick’s Day follows the story of Patrick (Moe Dunford), a warm-hearted twenty six year old virgin schizophrenic, who falls in love with a soon-to- be redundant, alcoholic air-hostess, Karen. Maura, who is Patrick’s obsessive mother, has a need to control her son which blinds her to the reality that sometimes the only thing more damaging than hate is ill-advised love. A provocative love story about the right to intimacy for everyone,
suggests that when it comes to love, we can all go a little crazy. Directed by Terry McMahon (Charlie Casanova).
The Canal tells the story of David Williams and his wife Alice, who move into a picturesque period house by the canal, along with their small child Billy. The story develops when David begins to suspect that his wife is having an affair, and also starts to have nightmarish visions of an evil presence he believes lives in his home. An original Irish ghost story directed by Ivan Kavanagh (Tin Can Man), The Canal is a shocking journey into the unknown.
Gold is a ‘feel good’ offbeat comedy written and directed by IFTA-winning Niall Heery (Small Engine Repair). The story centres around a wandering loner, Ray (played by David Wilmot) who tries to track down his estranged ex-partner (Kerry Condon) and teenage daughter played by Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), so that his dying father can get to see his grand-daughter one last time. The comedy quickly develops when Ray realizes that his daughter and her mother have built a new life with former P.E teacher (James Nesbitt).
A Nightingale Falling
The film, based on the novel of the same title by PJ Curtis, is a historical drama set against the backdrop of a turbulent, war-torn Ireland in the early 1920s. It is a story of a household and its inhabitants caught in the crucible of the merciless politics, cruelties and hardships of the period. It is also a story of love, and the dark secrets that lead to broken hearts. Starring Tara Breathnach, Muireann Bird and Gerard McCarthy, it was filmed entirely on location in Co. Offaly. The Ulster Orchestra recorded the soundtrack for the feature length film in Belfast – joining a small a handful of film scores to be recorded entirely in Ireland.
The closing film at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh, An Bronntanas (The Gift) is a contemporary thriller set against the background of a local independent lifeboat crew working off the coast of Connemara. With a cast that includes Dara Devaney, John Finn (Cold Case, Catch Me If You Can), Owen McDonnell, Michelle Beamish and Charlotte Bradley, An Bronntanas is a film not to be missed at this year’s Fleadh. An Bronntanas, directed by Tom Collins (Kings) is the first ‘Celtic Noir’ thriller of its kind as Gaeilge
The 2014 Galway Film Fleadh is not to be missed, as it promises to be an unforgettable event in the Irish social and film industry calendar.
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