Set in 1970s Dublin, Betty (8) and Brendan (5) have just buried their father with their mother Mary. Back at the reception in their home, tensions are running high. With Mary finding it difficult to cope and the young children feeling isolated and confused, Betty decides to take her brother, a bag of food and embark on a journey through Dublin with the intention of revisiting their father's grave and join him for a picnic.
Iconic vistas of old Dublin will be the backdrop for this story, with strong, flowing, black & white cinematography mirroring the resilience and purity of the young protagonists.
This story alludes to grief, and the unconventional approach young children have to dealing with bereavement. Their journey to the picnic is a difficult and frustrating one, not unlike their journey to acceptance.
The audience's experience of this film will be like no other. Proposed aerial shots will bring the viewer over 1970s Dublin and down to the ground where it will be operated mostly on a Freeway Movi system at the children's own height. We hope to immerse the audience in this world for the entire duration of the film until the camera ultimately rises again.
Ciaran Creagh - Writer/Director
(Parked, The Note)
The award-winning writer of 'Parked', starring Colm Meaney, and writer/director of the new short 'The Note', starring Aidan Gillen, which has already won Best Short, Best Director and Best Score at the Underground Film Festival, is looking to blow people away with his next project. He feels that this is the film that can do it, and he's summoned some of his own childhood experiences to put together this fantastic script.
Alex Fegan - Producer
(The Irish Pub, Zephra, The Court Astronomer)
The director/producer of the new award-winning feature documentary 'The Irish Pub' is no stranger to short dramas. He's also produced a Filmbase/RTE short 'Zephra' and directed/produced the period drama 'The Court Astronomer'. His production company, Atom Films, is also currently developing a comedy series starring Simon Delaney as well as several more feature films.
Stephen C. Walsh - DOP
(North Circular Road, A Dry Christmas, The Court Astronomer)
While he only graduated from the National Film School last year, Stephen already has several features under his belt, as well as many short films including the ambitious 'Court Astronomer' which he shot for Alex while still in college and was nominated for Best Cinematography at the Fastnet International Short Film Festival 2012. Stephen is up for the new challenges this film will be presenting and so far he has yet to meet a hurdle that he can't jump.
This is where you, the generous contributors, come in. We're not looking for a lot, considering what we're trying to do. And we're putting in some of our own money, equipment and time too, we're just looking for a little help to make sure this film will be the best it can be.
Thanks from all the team!