ScreenDaily is reporting that Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry. / Fís Éireann has announced the four projects that will go into production as part of the inaugural edition of its female-focused POV scheme.
The aim of the POV scheme is to enable distinct Irish female voices with a passion to tell stories on the big screen through the development and production of feature films. The programme was open to live action fiction feature films that can be produced at the required budget level of €400,000. There was no limitation on the genre, narrative style, content or other elements of the screenplay/story.
The four projects to be produced come from six projects which were selected to take part in an intensive development process which included mentorship, workshopping and story development. The four selected films will enter production in late 2019/early 2020. The aim is for all crew working on the projects to be given the opportunity to upgrade. A strong gender balance will also be expected across all crew with training and mentorship opportunities afforded to all involved in the making of the films.
The four projects selected are:
Knowl, written by Elisabeth Gooch (Nightbird), directed by Lisa Mulcahy (The Legend Of Longwood), and produced by Ruth Carter (Damo And Ivor: The Movie) for Blue Ink Films
Based on Sheridan Le Fanu’s Gothic thriller, Uncle Silas, Knowl is a period adaptation with a modern twist. Forced to fight her guardian for her inheritances — and her life — an orphaned heiress must embrace her family’s dark legacy to survive.
It Is In Us All, written and directed by Antonia Campbell-Hughes (Q4L) and produced by Conor Barry (Pilgrimage) for Savage Productions
Hamish is a fast-living, successful media type from London. He has it all, yet he is deeply unsatisfied. After a near-fatal car crash, he is unable to shake off the mysterious pull of the boy racer who almost took his life.
Sunlight, written by Ailbhe Keogan (Take Me Swimming), directed by Claire Dix (Take Me Swimming) and produced by Roisín Geraghty for Blinder Films
In this compassionate comedy, Leon, a recovering addict cares for Iver, his terminally ill sponsor with a bonded devotion. Leon interrupts Iver self-euthanizing with an exit-guide, Maria, in attendance. A betrayed Leon refuses to let his hero die until Iver sees the tribute show Leon has created in his honour.
You Are Not My Mother, written and directed by Kate Dolan (Catcalls) and produced by Deirdre Levins (Nails) for Fantastic Films
In a North Dublin house estate, Char’s mother goes missing. When she returns, Char is convinced something or someone has replaced her.