Filmbase Alum Produces First Feature

Filmbase graduate Richie Bolger has just produced his first feature film post graduation. Cardboard Gangsters written and starring John Connors, best known for his role on Love/Hate and is directed by Mark O’Connor (King of The Travellers). The film is supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, TV3, EGG, Filmbase and Section 481.

The film is a co-production between Stalker Films and Richie’s own company Five Knight Films. Five Knight Films also recently wrapped production on the Film Offaly funded short film Caper.

Richie produced How To Be Happy while on the Filmbase programme.

European Green Filmmaking Winners

Students from the Filmbase Masters in Digital Feature Film Production course won first prize in a European competition to recognise and promote better engagement with the principles of Green Film Production.

See below for a short video outling the production of The Light of Day and Poison Pen.

How To Be Happy Selected as Opening Film for Chicago Irish Film Festival

Gemma Leah Devereux as Flor in How To Be Happy

Filmbase are delighted to announce that following a series of sold out festival screenings in Ireland, How To Be Happy will be receiving its North American premiere in March where it has been chosen as the opening film for the 15th Chicago Irish Film Festival.

Class and Cast members will be in attendance for the premiere screening.

Dublin audiences will get an opportunity to see the film at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival where the film will close the Screen Test strand of the festival with the class taking part in an audience driven Q&A on the process of making their first feature film.

www.chicagoirishfilmfestival.com

How To Be Happy Completing Shoot

Irish Feature Film How To Be Happy is currently in final week of production in Dublin. The relationship comedy tells the story of Cormac, a marriage guidance counsellor who starts sleeping with his clients, and Flor, a private detective hired to investigate his antics. The film stars Brian Gleeson (Love/Hate, Standby) and Gemma-Leah Devereux (Stitches, The Tudors) in the lead roles and is written by Conor Horgan (100 Mornings).

How To Be Happy is being shot on RED One as part of the Filmbase/Staffordshire University MSc Digital Feature Film Production course. The film completes shooting in Dublin this week and will finish post-production by early summer.  Students on the MSc course are completing the film as part of their programme and are hoping to have the film ready for festivals and distribution before graduation.

The course is unique in requiring students to complete the production of a full length feature film with industry support. The production follows a successful Fundit.ie campaign which set a record for the highest number of contributors to a film project and raised over €11,000 for the film.

Speaking about the course, James Fair, Course Leader and Lecturer in Film Technology at Staffordshire University, states “If we are going to be serious about educating filmmakers we need to be making films, not just reading about them. We see this as developing a pathway for aspiring filmmakers to work at an advanced postgraduate level while fully engaging in the practice of filmmaking”.

Last year’s MSc Digital Feature Film production Keys To The City received its premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh and has also screened at festivals in the UK, Europe and America.

The cast also includes Stephen Mullan (Out of Here), Laura Way (Anton, The Clinic), Brian Fortune (Game of Thrones), Carrie Crowley (Earthbound), Rebecca Wainwright (The Tudors), Leslie Conroy (Mattie, Life’s a Breeze), Steve Gunn (Titanic: Blood and Steel) and Geraldine McAlinden (Portrait of a Zombie).

“Keys to the City” Wraps Dublin Shoot

Keys to the City, the feature film shot by the MSc Digital Feature Film Production students wraps filming in Dublin.The film was written by writer/directors Conor Horgan (imdb), Conor McDermottroe (imdb) and James Fair (imdb) and stars an impressive cast including Rory Keenan (The Guard), Conor Mullen (Holby City), David Murray (King of the Travellers) and many others.

IFTN reports on the film here and you can check out the IMDB page for the film here.

Film Ireland Magazine

The latest issue of Film Ireland magazine carries an interview with MSc. Programme leader, James Fair of Staffordshire University, discussing his work on the feature films Watching and Waiting and The Ballad of Des and Mo, both created as part of the 72 Hour Film Project.

72 Hours Later - Film Ireland Magazine

Click here to view the article.

Galway Film Fleadh 2011

The Ballad of Des and Mo, written and directed by MSc Course Leader James Fair screens as part of this year’s Galway Film Fleadh. Full Details here.

Ballad of Des and Mo
Kate O’Toole in The Ballad of Des and Mo

 

James Fair also takes part in the Screen Producers Ireland (SPI) panel discussion with the Rubberbandits on “Routes to Market”. Full details here.


Rubberbandits - Routes to Market