Behind the Scenes



For our January event we will be having an online discussion.

Topic: Limerick as a Film-making Hub.

When: The discussion will take place on Monday 26th January 2015 at 8:30pm -9:30pm.

Where: Online – via our facebook page.

Who: Who is it for – Anyone with an interest in developing film in Limerick.

How: How can I get involved – Join us on Monday on our facebook page join the conversion

N.B. This is a unique event and will not replace our face-to-face gatherings.

(Taken form Behind the Scenes Website HERE)


The Great Southern Trail
An enchanting glimpse into the forgotten world of steam travel, the trail offers unique access to a 36km stretch of West Limerick/North Kerry that was part of the Limerick to Tralee railway line from 1867 to 1975. Community groups still lament the passing of their Great Southern and Western locomotives and have strived to reopen the line as a walking/cycle route; so far only the 36km stretch between the wonderful Palatine museum in Rathkeale railway station and Abbeyfeale via Ardagh is open. It will eventually stretch to Tralee.
(Irish Times Jan 3rd 2015)

Below is a link to the short video on the Great Southern Trail, produced in 2012.


An update of the details for the Casting call for the three short films project for Film Limerick have been released on the Behind The Scenes Website.


Emails have been sent out to the Actors selected for the first casting session for Film Limerick which will be held on Saturday 10th January 2015.
Please note if at present you have not been selected, further casting sessions will follow and extras will also be required.
Please note only Actors who have received an email will be required on the day.


Venue: Limerick College of Further Education, Mulgrave Street Limerick [ Please see Map]

Time: As per email

Please bring: 
CV & Head shots

Prep: As per email

Car Parking:
 Car Parking will be available on the day at the college.

Food & Refreshments: 
Tea & Coffee are available via a vending machines, shops are 5-10 mins walk. [The LCFE College Canteen will be closed on the day]
Smoking Area: At rear of College

Please register with a volunteer from Behind the Scenes in reception on your arrival.Please,

RSVP: Please confirm your attendance on the day, by emailing confirmation to


(Taken from Behind The Scenes Website)

Behind the Scenes


In association with Behind the Scenes, Limerick City of Culture 2014 and the Film Limerick Project, a Casting call has been made for the three short films in the training programme of the scheme.

See below: (Taken from Behind The Scenes Website)



We are looking for male and female actors 20-60 years of age for upcoming roles in a trilogy of short films being shot as part of the Limerick City of Culture ‘Film Limerick’ Project.

The story idea is really creative and interesting and will also showcase Limerick as a location. We are looking for actors who can deliver strong performances.
Credits will be provided and it is anticipated that the ‘Film Limerick’ project will gain significant exposure through film festivals.

Please send headshot and resume to:

For more information please check out Behind The Scenes Website:

Film Limerick Projects are collaboration between Behind The Scenes and Limerick City of Culture


Project length: 3 x Short Films linked (30 minutes in total)
Production location: Limerick
Production Company: Behind The Scenes
Casting Director: Gerry Stembridge
Writers: Peter Mc Namara, Philip Shannahan, Dan Mooney
Directors: Stephen Hall, John Haugh, Peter Delaney
Producer: Ronan Cassidy
Casting & Shooting Location: Limerick

Castings: Jan 10, 2015
(location and times to be confirmed)
Shooting: February 2015
(Please note all actors cast will be given a specific time within this window)

Please send headshot and resume to:


Behind the Scenes

Big thanks to Limerick Post’s Rose Rushe for the article in this weekends edition. With all the press coverage in the past few weeks there is certainly a big build in excitement for film makers in 2015.

Limerick Post Article 20th Dec 2014


In todays Limerick Leader is the UL student driven, newspaper Limerick Voice, in which is a feature on the Local Film Making Talent in Limerick and the mid-west region. Thanks to journalist Jane O’Flaherty for the stories and coverage.

Click on the images for the scanned articles.

Limerick Voice Article 1 Limerick Voice Article 2


Following a tough decision, huge interest and entry list, Ronan Cassidy and the team have announced the two winning films that will receive a €15,000 bursary in conjunction with Behind The Scenes and Limerick City of Culture 2014.

(Taken from Behind The Scenes Website)

Limerick City of Culture 2014 in partnership with Behind the Scenes has announced the two winners of the extremely competitive Film Limerick Scheme, who were selected from 131 applicants. The commissions have been awarded to:

  • Cashell Horgan of Babyjane Productions – The Clock Makers Doll
  • Liam O’Neill of Paradox Pictures – Lost and Found

Commenting on the commissions, Ronan Cassidy, Film Limerick Project Manager said ‘Film Limerick is a hugely important part of the legacy project for Limerick City of Culture. It has greatly increased awareness of the resources available to film makers in the city. The massive interest in the project will further the aim of Limerick City becoming a film production hub and a major source of employment in the region.

What is most encouraging about the initiative is the extraordinarily high standard in the applications we received. Only two projects could be selected but there is a great wealth of Irish writing talent and it is important to support and encourage this skill.

I would like to thank all the applicants and wish them every success in their future careers. I am looking forward to working with the successful teams in the coming months.’

The Clock Makers Doll, is set in a fictional world, home to the most unusual collection of automatas created. Here a clockmaker lives with his beloved wife who one day dies. Crazed with despair he decides to replace her by building a doll but fails to achieve the perfection he desires. With pressure on him to complete his task before time runs out, he soon realises that the key to the perfect woman is in her heart not her head. The director Cashell Horgan is a multi award winning filmmaker and has been an Oscar shortlist nominee. Filming is scheduled for early March.

Lost and Found, is the charming story of a resourceful young boy and his mother who are trying to come to terms with the recent death of his father.  The boy resorts to petnapping local animals and trading them in for rewards, in order to assist his struggling mother. The film will be directed by Liam O’Neill, who has an extensive track record as a screenwriter, director and producer.  This film is due to go into production February 16th 2015.

I am looking forward to working closely with Ronan and the two crews in promoting Limerick as a viable destination for film making and anticipate a massive interest and excitement as we see these films along with the Film Limerick Training Films (SEE HERE) being produced. Well done to the Behind the Scenes members who applied and / or helped out on this big project, especially Ronan Cassidy, Paul Corey and Mark Griffin. Also a special mention to Limerick City of Culture team, Sheila Deegan and Kathy O’Grady for their help and guidance. Finally  The first bit is complete… now the difficult work begins.




Film Limerick in conjunction with Behind the Scenes have announce there details of their Film Training Project.

I am delighted to be lending my talents in Post Production to the editors and hopefully mentor the editors in creating not just great films but a knowledge base from which they can draw from and hopefully implement into their future productions.

Below is taken from the Behind The Scenes Website:



• Development of training program for film practitioners.
• Increase the professionalism of filmmaking in Limerick
• Increase the opportunity for film making
• Build and promote the film legacy project.
• Showcase Limerick Filmmaking talent


• There will be three short films made.
• The films will be shot in Limerick.
• They will be written, directed, crewed and acted by people living in or from Limerick.
• They will be in every sense that matters, Limerick films.
• The project will be mentored by industry professionals
• The project requires involvement of everyone.
• Train people in small groups by interaction and on the job learning.
• Train people in larger groups for overview


Gerry Stembridge Writing
Paddy Jordan Director of Photography
Ronan Cassidy Sound
John Haugh 1st Assistant Director
Patrick Cassidy Music composition
Simon McGuire Post Production


Three short films will be made, all using local filmmakers. The project will be mentored by Industry professionals. In the first instance Gerry Stembridge has agreed to come on board for this project.

Gerry has selected three writers from Behind The Scenes Members. He will work with the writers individually to make each script as good as it can be, and he will also take an overview, look for connecting features and elements that will create links between the stories.
The writers will be given maximum freedom to tell whatever story they want to tell. The stories must be contemporary, preferably unfold within a limited time period and the city itself must be the canvas. The use of locations in the city will be at the heart of the films. Even though the films will be quite separate stories and will work as stand-alone films, seen together they will be more than the sum of their parts.

Three teams will effective then be created with everyone taking part. There will be three writers, three directors, three DOP’s, three sound operators, three original music scores, etc., and each role will be mentored by the designated industry professional.
This is the first round of training which will take place in small groups by ‘on the job learning’
The second round of training will be delivered in larger groups where an overview will be delivered and we can discuss as a group with the mentors what we have learned.
Gerry Stembridge will also work with the directors on casting to secure the best available talent for these stories. He will also oversee the shoot and edit to ensure the important linking elements between the stories are taken care of, so that the final product stands up as a single entity.


This project has very exciting possibilities considering the industry names we have managed to secure. It will require everyone to join in the spirit of the project and it is something which will have ongoing benefits far beyond what might be achieved by delivering workshops alone.
Our training project will deliver three short films while at the same time training our members with industry professionals. This gives our members (both starting out and established filmmakers) the opportunity to acquire much needed film credits while receiving first class training.

BIOGRAPHIES: (selection)

Gerry Stembridge is an Irish writer, director, actor, novelist and playwright. He has made films such as Nora, Guilt trip and the hit romantic comedy About Adam as well as writing the script for Ordinary Decent Criminal. As a television producer he brought us Nitehawks and with the late Dermot Morgan was the driving force behind the radio series Scrap Saturday.

Patrick Jordan is an Oscar nominated Irish cinematographer. Working predominately on documentary, drama and advertising projects, recent work includes commercials for Tourism Ireland, the feature film Akron shot in rural Ohio and a documentary about Robin Walker and modernist architecture. Award winning projects include the Oscar nominated short film, Pentecost, the feature film, Stitches starring Ross Noble as well as a documentary on the Japanese American animator Jimmy Murakami. At the 2014 Galway Film Fleadh, Patrick won the Donal Gilligan Award for Best Cinematography for
his work on the film Volkswagen Joe.

Patrick Cassidy is A renowned Irish born composer of great distinction, Patrick Cassidy came into prominence with the release of the Children of Lir, the first major symphonic written in the Irish language. Recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, it remained at Number One in the Irish Classical Charts for over a year. Distinguished by his emergence as Ireland’s most prominent composer, the BBC produced a documentary reflecting this seminal work.
“Famine Remembrance” was commissioned to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Great Irish Famine. It received its premiere in 1996 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York with the accompanying narration read by Angelica Huston. In 2007 the work was performed at the opening of Toronto’s Ireland Park with the President of Ireland Mary Mc Aleese in attendance.
Patrick resides in Los Angeles where in addition to concert work he scores films. Notable credits include; Hannibal, King Arthur, Layer Cake, Ashes and Snow, Kingdom of Heaven, Kill The Irishman, Calvary.

Please to express your interest in the above Film Limerick Training Scheme.

Please include the following:



Phone Number:

Preferred Crew Role 1: e.g Assistant Director

Preferred Crew Role 2:


Thank You for your interest in the Film Limerick Training Scheme – More training dates will be announced in due course.




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Behind the Scenes Meeting.

This monday (24th november) at Dolans, Dock Road @mydolans the Novemeber meeting of Behind the Scenes will take place.

With the expected announcement of the Film Film Awards and the details of the Training Scheme as well as the BTS internship details, there will be plenty for discussion.

Details will be posted on the website in the coming days.

Members of the Royal Steering Group with The Royal Picture Show team and Special Guest Julian Doyle (dir. Monty Python, 3rd from Right) at the 3rd Royal Picture Show.

Members of the Royal Steering Group with The Royal Picture Show team and Special Guest Julian Doyle (dir. Monty Python, 3rd from Right) at the 3rd Royal Picture Show.

Check out the website here to book your place at this great mini festival of film.

Click HERE