By Sinead Dolan
“Encounter” is a short romantic comedy set in Sligo; African boy meets Irish girl and some people don’t like it.
Our story centres on Jonah, who visits Sligo from South Africa on business, but finds himself falling for Irish girl, Bella. He quickly realizes that the ways of Sligo are quite different to home and has to learn what makes an Irish girl tick.
He faces challenges along the way; family pressures, jealous rivals, miscommunications and cultural differences. With a lot of help (aka interference) from family and friends, he bares all, metaphorically and literally, to try and win her heart. But ultimately he can only try and gain Bella’s respect by being himself.
“Encounter” is a collaborative project, bringing together a diverse group of international and Irish people who live in Sligo. We have a cast and crew ready, willing and able to bring this story from script to screen.
This script is the product of Create’s Artist in the Community scheme. Filmmaker Sinéad Dolan worked with a community drama group for 3 months, where we had workshops in screen-writing, art, acting and filmmaking. We explored themes of cross-cultural issues, identity and prejudice and wrote a script that reflects real-life experiences, incorporates themes of difference, but is first and foremost a romantic comedy.
This project has been successful at promoting integration at grassroots level and we would like to broaden the positive integration by making and distributing the film. Shooting “Encounter” is also an opportunity for participants to gain experience and put their new skills into practice. We have commitments from a range of professionals in the area who are willing to share their skills and time, but we will need food, phones, transport, some crew and equipment to realise the project.
So we need a little help, and that’s where you come in…join our community as funders.
As this is a community film, the money we raise will be spent locally.