Limerick filmmaker enters RTÉ’s Storyland competition

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

FOLLOWING on the success of Concy Ryan in last year’s RTÉ Storyland competition, another Limerick entry is seeking your votes this week.

FOLLOWING on the success of Concy Ryan in last year’s RTÉ Storyland competition, another Limerick entry is seeking your votes this week.

Cuckoo, a compelling psychological thriller in four parts, has been shortlisted as web drama for RTÉ’s new Storyland series, with the first episode going online today.

Its co-writer, director and editor is Danann Breathnach, a former MTV and RTÉ presenter who hails from Clareview in Limerick and has lived in London for the best part of a decade.

Danann, whose family still live in Clareview, is hoping that Limerick will get behind Cuckoo, which is one of eight series shortlisted by RTÉ.

It features a disaffected teenager, Niamh, who sees a photo in a newspaper suddenly which makes her question her existence and Danann says it is an “intriguing and stylish piece of drama”.

The winning series will get a commission from RTÉ.

“I started my filmmaking career in Limerick so hopefully people get behind us. It will be interesting to see how people respond to the story,” said Danann.

“Our team is working crazily hard on this. It was filmed in Dublin, entirely in Ranelagh,” he added.

The production team held an open casting session for the series and had people from all over Ireland audition for it. Out of 300 people, Danann and his team discovered the ideal actor to play the lead role.

“We have discovered a really cool girl - Pagan McGrath - and this is her first major role. When she walked in and opened her mouth, we knew she was the perfect one, she is amazing, definitely one to watch,” he explained.

Episode one will debut this Monday on RTE Storyland. The episode will be online for a week to allow people to vote for their favourite, until Sunday February 19.