Gerry Stembridge to cast film projects in Limerick

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Mentor: Acclaimed Irish film-maker and writer Gerry Stembridge
ACCLAIMED Irish film-maker Gerry Stembridge is casting for three projects that are to shoot in Limerick city this February.

ACCLAIMED Irish film-maker Gerry Stembridge is casting for three projects that are to shoot in Limerick city this February.

The About Adam director, who hails from Limerick, has been working as a mentor and casting director on the Film Limerick project, itself a collaboration with City of Culture.

As well as funding two films to be shot in Limerick early in 2015, Film Limerick is also to produce a trilogy of short films as a way of providing training and experience for those seeking to break into the industry.

Stembridge, who has been working on the project for several months, is looking for a range of talent, up to 20 roles in total, across a wide variety of ages.

“We are trying all the time to keep it about Limerick talent as much as possible. We have three writers and three Limerick directors - so we now want to get the word out there and there are plenty of people interested,” he said.

Ronan Cassidy of Film Limerick said that up to 70 actors have already expressed an interest in the casting sessions, which will take place this Saturday. Each film will have a common dramatic thread running through the narrative.

“We are going to shoot three films using Limerick as a backdrop and in one story, somebody that is a main character will be a minor character in the next one,” he said.

“The whole idea is to have three films that can be used separately or put together, but that might appeal as a half-hour programme.

“We are trying to discover new talent as well, so we are trying to get as many people as possible involved,” he added.

The projects will showcase Limerick both as a location and as a character in itself, Gerry said.

“If we succeed in getting all those locations, that the writers initiated and the directors have now chosen, then we will have a fantastic panorama of Limerick.

“One of the things I pointed out, is how a film maker can create their own city, within a city, they can make the city have a particular atmosphere or feeling.”

See behindthescenes.ie for more details on the casting.