Benjy, a homeless alcoholic, loses the only thing he loves in the world when his dog, Diana, mysteriously disappears. Alone and increasingly distraught, Benjy trawls the streets of Dublin searching for her encountering a series of hostile and unhelpful characters along the way.
This short film is an archetypal quest narrative concerning the most ubiquitous human to non-human relationship in the western world (people and their dogs) in a social context rarely acknowledged on screen (the homeless community). It may be understood literally or symbolically and aims to be both particular to its time, place and central character and universal in its themes of exclusion, rejection and loss.
Of course, the film's first task is to tell a simple story in a cinematic style that entertains its audience in the fullest sense of the word, drawing them into Benjy's plight and gripping them until it conclusion. It will be sad, funny, surprising and have a mini-epic quality to reflect the journey, physical and emotional, of the central character. This deceptively simple story should resonate with anyone who has ever lost anything. The film is not about a dog. It's about a man.
The film is written and directed by myself, Ruaidhri Conroy, and is my first time directing after more than twenty years as an actor. I have been an actor in films most of my life, have loved cinema since I was a child and to make films is a life-long personal ambition.
Apart from myself all of the cast and crew are experienced professionals in their respective departments. The central character is played by the IFTA award-winning Brendan Conroy and the rest of the cast will be comprised of actors of a similar calibre, including John Olohan, Sile Nugent, Neili Conroy, David Wilmot and many more. Details of our young, talented production team are below.
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Ruaidhri Conroy
PRODUCER: Vanessa Gildea
LINE PRODUCER: Etain McGuckian
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Patrick Jordan
EDITOR: Genevieve Murphy
We have already shot and edited a ten-minute version of the film on next-to-no budget and are excited by what we have seen. We now require additional funding to complete it before the end of the year so it will be ready to show to the world in 2014. Your money will fund a further three days shooting and post-production costs, including the cost of submitting the film to festivals in 2014.
We have brought the film this far but now require you to bring it to completion and are delighted to be able to offer you the opportunity to be involved in making this film a reality. Watch the trailer, if you like what you see give what you can. No contribution is too small and certainly no contribution is too large. If you want to know more check out our Facebook page Justlikeabitch for more photos and updates on our progress. I will be eternally grateful for your support in making this happen.
Thanks for your time.