‘Zom-com’ uses coastal storm damage to full effect

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Zombie Sarah - Cliona Falvey, Zombie Jim - Peadar Clancy filming with James Skerritt on the west coast of Clare last week. The movie, Night of the Lonely Dead, was released this Monday. Picture: Cathy Duffy
THERE are very few, if any, silver linings to the devastation suffered on the west coast of Clare, but a film making team has used the destruction to full effect for a new film.

THERE are very few, if any, silver linings to the devastation suffered on the west coast of Clare, but a film making team has used the destruction to full effect for a new film.

‘Zom-com’ short film Night of the Lonely Dead was conceived, shot and released by Limerick School of Art and Design graduate James Skerritt, together with writing partner Peadar Clancy, in just over a week.

The film cleverly uses the aftermath of the devastation wrought upon Skerritt’s home town of Lahinch in recent weeks to create a beautiful, yet tragic, post-apocalyptic world.

Limerick city man Peadar, a founder of the Limerick Film Collective, who also stars in the short, explained that the intention was to “take advantage of the wreckage”.

“It was James who came to me with the idea of doing something post apocalyptic,” he said. “It just seemed like the natural thing to do - take advantage of the wreckage.”

“The film was conceived the weekend before last, James and I were writing for another project in Mayo. We roughly sketched it out there, and liaised during the week to hone things.”

The duo paid tribute to the people of Lahinch - in particular O’Looney’s bar, which suffered greatly in the recent storms battering the coastline and allowed the team to film on their premises.

“The people in Lahinch were amazing, in particular those in O’Looney’s. Myself and my Zombie bride took an arm in arm stroll down the prom on Saturday afternoon, much to the bemusment of all and sundry.

“The other actors in the film, Hugh Galloway and Cliona Falvey, were new to the camera, and gave of their time, and no little talent, without any hesitation.

“We are all thrilled with the outcome,” added Peadar, who is currently taking a screenwriting course in NUIG and has previously worked with Skerritt on The Element, Behind the Scenes, which notched a couple of awards.

Macronite fans will recognise Nubus’ work on the expansive soundtrack, while the impressive make-up work is by Aoife Murray.

Watch Night of the Lonely Dead now.