A SHORT film made in Limerick has been selected for the Galway Film Fleadh.
Vanner, filmed in the Ballyhoura region last year, has been selected for the high profile festival in July, leading to jubilation among the mostly Limerick cast and crew.
The 12 minute film, a “labour of love” for writer and producer Maeve McGrath, who lives in Glenosheen but grew up in Woodview Park in the city, will get much needed exposure from the festival selection.
“I am absolutely thrilled, Galway was always my focus and we completed the film too late last year to enter it, so we were hanging onto it for nearly a year,” explained Maeve this week.
“For the cast and the crew, which was a mixture of Limerick and Galway, I am really thrilled, it is great to get the work seen and it is great for the film,” she added.
The short features Ennis Road actor Aidan Crowe - who has appeared in Game of Thrones - as lead character Francie Vaughan, a traveller who returns to his halting site in Limerick after a tragic event at a fair.
“It is the story of the fallout from this unexpected start to his married life,” explained Maeve, who visited a horse fair in the UK in 2008 and spent time with members of the travelling community.
“This is a film that looks at loss, love and the traveller tradition.”
While lead actress Emma O’Grady, director Colm Higgins and director of photography David Qualter hail from Galway, the rest of the cast and crew are almost wholly from Limerick, including Bruff actress Margie Nagle, while musician Patrick O’Brien provided the music and Miriam Garcia Mortell was make-up artist.
Limerick County Council, Ballyhoura Development and an online crowd funding source helped with the film’s budget, which was shot on location in Ardpatrick, Ballyorgan, Kilflynn and around Castle Oliver.
Maeve hopes that the Fleadh selection can lead to big things for the film.
“Aidan and Emma put in fantastic performances in it and I would really love people to see that,” she said.
“There is that kudos attached to the Fleadh, it is one of the big festivals in Ireland and in the world - it is an Oscar route now if you screen there. I am delighted because we can get it out there and people will see it.
“I will still continue to submit it to other festivals but this is it, this is the big one, this is the FA Cup,” she laughed.