A man becomes maniacally obsessed with chasing off his teenage daughter’s new boyfriend, in this short film based on the story by acclaimed Irish author Kevin Barry.
Key People (cast, crew, etc.):
Director: Robert McKeon
Based on a Story by: Kevin Barry
Screenplay by: Robert McKeon
Produced by: Michael Donnelly V, Robert McKeon
Aidan McArdle – Jonathan Prendergast
Angeline Ball – Saoirse Prendergast
Lauryn Canny – Ellie Prendergast
Craig Grainger – Aodhan McAdam
Shane O’Meara – Young Jonathan
Wallis Day – Young Saoirse
Cinematographer – Daniel Katz
Edited by: Chris Catanach
Additional Editors: Dan Swietlik A.C.E., Weston Cadwell
Original Score by: Kevin Seaton
Featuring Music by: Grouplove
Casting by: Louise Kiely
Production Design by: Kate Moylan
Why did you decide to submit to FirstGlance?
I wanted to expose my film to as diverse an audience as possible. There are few better places to do that than LA, and from everything that I had read, it seemed like First Glance really knows how to put on a festival.
Will someone from your team be attending FirstGlance?
Robert McKeon – Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Kevin Seaton – Composer
What should viewers expect from your film?
They should expect a funny, dramatic, maybe slightly disturbing, but hopefully, poignant story about a guy who is unable to confront some uncomfortable truths in his life, and the consequences of that.
Do you have any (funny, interesting, scary etc.) production stories our readers might enjoy?
Well, I suppose that this might be interesting: I live in LA, but the film was shot in Ireland. And how that was able to happen is kind of miraculous.
It is based on a short story by Irish author Kevin Barry. It’s characters and themes are quite universal, but there are also some elements that are specific to Ireland in a particular place in time, and of course, the voice is unmistakably Irish.
When I reached out to Kevin about the possibility of translating his story to film, I promised that I would the story justice – which included shooting the film in Ireland with an Irish cast and crew.
I had done some due diligence about what shooting in Ireland would entail, and it seemed doable at the time, but looking back it was a total leap of faith, and I’m incredibly lucky to have connected with the cast and crew, whose involvement I totally attribute to the strength of the source material, Kevin Barry’s story.
After reading the story, I banged out a quick adaptation, and sent it to a good friend, who had happened to have just met an amazing Irish cinematographer at a party in LA the weekend before. He read the script, we met, and he was soon on board.
I also knew that I needed to team up with a great producer in Ireland who had the creative and logistical insight about how to shoot a great film in Ireland, so I scoured the films and shorts funded by the Irish Film Board over the last couple of years, and soon found Michael Donnelly V – a Dublin-based film, commercial, and music video producer, who had a body of polished work of varied and interesting tones to his name. I reached out to him and, again, thanks, I think, to the quality of the story, he said yes.
From then on, we were in almost daily touch via email, and hopped on Skype once or twice a week as well.
It was early spring of 2015 when I first stumbled across the story, and it was contained enough – the primarily location is a house – that I naively thought that the shoot would be up and running by the summer, and I’d have a cut by the fall.
It turned out that it would be almost a year before all of the stars aligned in terms of the resources, cast, crew, weather, and other scheduling challenges lined up – but I finally flew out to Ireland in late May of 2015 to prep for a shoot in the first week of June.
Thanks to all of our planning, and the talent and professionalism of the entire cast and crew, the shoot went off without a hitch. We got every shot that we wanted, and didn’t have to make any major sacrifices.
I think that we’re all proud of the film that resulted, I know that I am, and I’m excited and interested to see how people respond to it.
Where can our readers find more information about your film?
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