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RIDERS TO THE SEA (November 2012)
‘Riders to the Sea’ will represent Ireland as the short film to screen in the EU Film Festival in China during November screening in four cities, Beijing, Tiajnin, Chengdue and Shenzhen. Only one film from each 26 European Member States will screen during the festival.

Funded by Bord Scannán na hEireann/The Irish Film Board, as part of the ‘Ireland – I Love You’ Short Shorts film scheme, ‘Riders to the Sea’ tells a tale of breaking waves, racing hearts and the treachery of lycra, when a surfing duel breaks out between a male and female surfer off the West Coast of Ireland.

The film was directed by Orla Walsh and produced by Ian W. Davis of DIG Productions, (previous credits include ‘The Night Nurse’ and ‘Some Other Stories’). Riders to the Sea has screened at numerous international film festivals and received an Honourable Mention at the Irish Chicago Film Festival. The film will also screen at the 27 Brest European Short Film Festival in November and Irish Film Fest, Rome, in December.

Background information on Riders to the Sea:
Filmed on location in Achill Island in County Mayo (Ireland), Riders to the Sea crew included renowned surfing cinematographers, Mickey Smith and Allan Wilson. The film beautifully captures the intensity of surfing, the stunning Irish landscape and scenery, and of course the Irish coastland. The cast included Rachel Doyle and Dylan Stott, who is also a well known surfer, and the internationally acclaimed surfer, Easkey Britton, (Pro Surfer and nominated for the 2011 Billabong XXL Award).

The film has screened in over 17 festivals world wide including, London Surf Film Festival, Irish Chicago Film Festival (where it received an honourable mention), San Francisco Irish Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, Moscow Irish Film Festival
etc.

THE NIGHT NURSE (June 2011)
Irish short film The Night Nurse, featuring IFTA award winner Ger Ryan (The Callback Queen, Raw), has been selected for the prestigious Short Shorts and Asia Film Festival in Japan. The Oscar qualifying festival, which runs from June 16th to 26th, is going ahead despite the earthquakes and tsunami that wreaked major havoc there in March. The Night Nurse was funded through the Irish Film Boards Short Shorts scheme and was produced by Ian Davis and Garry Kelly of DIG Productions. Only 35 international films have been included in the Japanese festival programme, selected from over 3000 submissions for that category. As well as screening three times during the ten-day event, The Night Nurse will also be screened as part of the festivals Asian and International tour.

The director of the short, Terence White, is traveling to the festival in Tokyo with support from Culture Ireland, and will take part in post screening talks, film seminars and other cultural events organised by the festival. Terence is currently in postproduction on another short film, Baby Love - a drama written by Sylvia Cullen about a woman with Down syndrome who kidnaps a baby. He also made his first dance film this year Off Your Trolley, and is in pre-production for Waves, a dance film with choreographer Deirdre Grant.

The Night Nurse premiered in the Galway Film Fleadh in 2010 and has been screened at numerous national and international film festivals to date, including Dublin International Film Festival and the Irish Film Festival Boston. The director of photography was Kate McCullough (SNAP, His & Hers), who won the international cinematographer award at Sundance Film Festival in 2010, with original music composed by Brian Crosby, former member of the renowned Irish band Bell X1. The film will have its television premiere on RTE 2 in autumn of this year. The Night Nurse has also been selected by the Irish Film Institute to screen before the French thriller Point Blank, and will be shown in the cinema throughout the month of June.

 





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