Before His Eyes

Avid Media Composer 2019 time line for Before His Eyes.


Delighted to say that the post production on ‘Before His Eyes’ short film is coming to a close.

It has been a great project to work on with Director, Paul Boyle, Producer Meara Owen Griffiths, Cormac Brenock on sound, Mark Griffin as Camera Assistant as well as the rest of the great cast and crew who helped out during the 5 day production in July.

All the locations were in Killaloe, Co. Clare. with a special mention to Frank and Kieran Boland for their excellent work on the sets, props and art direction which certainly showed in the end cut.


The Picture House

The Story of Limerick’s Cinemas

The Story of Limerick’s Cinemas

Following the first documentary Kemmy (2017) (on the late Limerick Politician Jim Kemmy), comes David Burns’ second factual feature, ‘The Picture House‘. This hour long film documentary tells the story of the glory days of Limerick’s one-screen cinemas until their demise in the late 1980s.

We see how the cinema screen was, and is, the biggest cultural outlet for Limerick people, and look at the various venues that thrived in and around the City Centre. We get the idea of how most theatres mainly screened films but also mounted variety shows, concerts, operas, plays, and talent shows.

The documentary has three main threads:

• The main cinemas, the films, shows and their market. How the venues came and went.

• The people who worked in the cinemas, from manager to page boy. Their struggle for a proper wage.

• The cinema-going public and their stories.The attitudes of the authorities – mainly the Church.

At its height in the sixties, Limerick had seven or eight cinemas of various standards, and the documentary looks at them with regard to their history, and their impact on Limerick’s cultural social and economic life.  We see the slow demise of the city centre cinemas due to neglect, competition from television and VHS, and the rise of the profitable suburban multiplex.

The documentary uses a presenter to tour the main cinemas.  At each venue, we get a potted history of the cinema, together with photographs and adverts from the Leader, background material –reminiscences from the staff who worked there, stories about the behaviour of the clientele, the kind of films that were shown together with film posters and snatches of music, the controversies which arose, and reminiscences from patrons.

The Picture House seeks to give an overarching flavour of the history of Cinema from the first cinema in La Ciotat in 1899, the advent of talking pictures, colour, the evolution of digital cinema and the return of the city centre cinema in the 21stCentury.

Simon was on board as Editor again and screening took place in April 2019.

See the Teaser Trailer below.

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Kemmy is a documentary on the legacy of the late Limerick politician Jim Kemmy.

This story examines  how Jim Kemmy’s courage and vision brought about social, ideological, and economic change in Ireland and in his native city.

Directed and produced by Dave Burns it was edited by Simon McGuire.

Simon finishing the edit on “Kemmy”


Croke Park 2007 : No Words Needed

Croke Park 2007 – Press Release

February 24th 2007, the day that Ireland hosted England in the Six-Nations rugby championship, is a date that holds huge significance in Irish sporting history. The venue, Croke Park, was the scene of a massacre when during the War of Independence British Military Forces entered the ground and opened fire killing fourteen people, including Tipperary’s player Michael Hogan. This day became known as Bloody Sunday.

On the lead up to the game there were fears of trouble. How would the Irish react to the official visit of an English team to play in Croke Park? The last time English presence was significant at this venue, they came uninvited, unannounced and with such devastating consequences on Bloody Sunday, 21st November 1920? What would the reaction be to the unthinkable happening of the British flag flying over Croke Park?

This documentary examines the debate and struggle to modify the restriction of the playing of non-Gaelic games in GAA stadiums, so that rugby and soccer could be played at Croke Park during the renovations at Landsdowne Road.

Never before had performance and result weighed so heavily on the shoulders of any team. Never before had a pre-match ceremony of anthems been so scrutinised and debated. The significance was much more than the playing of England’s ‘God Save the Queen’; it was about how we – the Irish – in the cradle of our national games and the beacon for our modern identity would react to its playing.

Croke Park 2007 is a fascinating insight into perhaps the most significant sporting event in Irish history. A host of political, sporting and cultural leaders tell of their experiences in the run up to the event and the day of the game itself.

List of interviewees:

Irish Rugby Players 

Jerry Flannery

David Wallace

Shane Horgan

Denis Hickie

Denis Leamy

Rory Best

Paddy Wallace


Gerry Thornley (Rugby Correspondent for the Irish Times)

David Walsh (The Sunday Times)

Eamon Dunphy (Broadcaster and Journalist)

Sean Kelly M.E.P. (Former President of the GAA)

Oliver Hughes (Wolfe Tones GAA Club, Co. Derry)

Bertie Ahern (Former Taoiseach)

Eddie O’Sullivan (Head-Coach of Ireland in 2007)

Martin Corry (Former England Rugby Player)

Conor O’Shea (Commentator in Croke Park)


Diarmaid Ferriter (Historian)

Micheal O’Muircheartaigh (Retired RTE broadcaster)


The Sons of Robert Schuman


Directed by Tommy Conlon


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An Irishman, a Frenchman, a German and an Italian are working in the public relations department at the headquarters of the European Union in Brussels.

On this particular day they are each giving guided tours to visitors. They explain the history of the EEC/EU. Naturally they portray it is a visionary project, built on the ideals of great statesmen who after World War 2 dedicated themselves to a future Europe of peace and prosperity.


Tours over for the day, they return to their office upstairs. Whereupon they swiftly begin haranguing each other, insulting the others’ countries, resorting to caricature and national stereotypes. The united façade presented earlier to the public has disintegrated.

Writer’s note

While this film is essentially satirical in intention, and hopefully comedic in its execution, the writer is trying to make a point about basic nature. Can human beings successfully erase their tribal identities and atavistic instincts for the sake of a greater common good? And is the vast EU project, currently generating widespread resentment across the continent, ultimately a chimera that cannot be sustained.

Shot on location in Dublin, and edited here in Limerick, the short has a particular contemporary feel with the current unfolding news stories of the Euro 2016 and the UK Brexit referendum.
Tommy’s previous film ‘Play it Again Son!’, has had previous success at the 2015 Limerick Film Festival, winning the award for best acting for Pius McGrath’s performance.

The Sons of Robert Schuman is currently doing the rounds on the Irish Film Festival circuit as well as the European stages. As information on screenings become available they will be posted here.

Congrats Tommy.



Film Limerick Trilogy

This ambitious trilogy was the brain child of Film Limerick Project manager Roan Cassidy and was part of the Limerick City of Culture 2014 Film legacy. The team at Behind the Scenes provided the structure support but it was the film makers and upcoming talent that helped make this project of three short films realised.

The Apparel

Apparel poster B-2

Directed by Peter Delaney this comes first in the timeline of the three films. Shot over four days in multiple locations in the inner city this film has a quirky and humorous at times story line.

Day off

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Filming on Day Off

Filming on Day Off

Directed by Stephen Hall, this is the second of the three films in the timeline. There are several visual and story links between the three films which is a challenge to get right for the post team.


Day_Time 2

Directed by Paul Corey this is the last of the three films which sees two characters intertwine there different personalities in a friction induced relationship that tests both of them.

All three films are complete and are making there way to film festivals


One Giant Leap

Produced by Simon McGuire, featuring Zeb Moore and The Royal DeLuxe project that took place in September 2014.


Play it Again Son

Directed by Tommy C. Conlan  and edited by Simon McGuire.

Pius McGrath as Sean South.

Pius McGrath as Sean South.

Sean South launches one last broadside against the corrupting forces of the Hollywood film industry before going out to die for Ireland.



The Suffering Kind

‘The Suffering Kind’ is a film about the power of delusion and the longings that haunt us.

This journey for me started with teaming up with my friend and cinematographer Declan Quinn over Christmas a year ago. From an idea to a script- without the help from my brother and his partner, Dermot and Lisa, none of it would have happened-  and through all the rest of it, Declan was there sourcing favors and calling friends, discussing the shots  and requirements. From the heady-ness of my return to the set in over a decade to bringing back the lights a mere 5 days later, the shoot was a great experience- fast and furious- as we  stole as much as we could.

From there to editing the wonderful looking footage that Declan also shot, working it, allowing it to talk to you, being wrong and sometimes actually right! – the film is very nearly there.

With the help of Producer Brian Willis and our hard working editor, Simon McGuire, we’ve come a long way from the shoot in May last year.

On the trailer you can hear a sneak preview of the original score, by Rori Coleman.

The film is a story about the disenfranchised, the lost and lonely and the nights that loom over all of us when the blues come to town. Its about holding on and letting go, all at the same time. And I would be grateful if you would consider supporting us to whatever  level you can. I hope it to be be a sensual and poetic piece, a story told in the key of life.

Thank you.


Kevin Liddy, Director.

Simon (editor) with Kevin Liddy (Dir) and Rori Coleman (music) at the screening of The Suffering Kind.

Simon (editor) with Kevin Liddy (Dir) and Rori Coleman (music) at the screening of The Suffering Kind.



Killer Recession

This was Andrew O’Gorman’s script and more so his moment to show how good of an actor he is too. A chilling piece detailing an interrogation of a terrorist in a city location.

Cast & Crew:
Andy O’Gorman
Simon Mcguire
Stephen Hall
Graeme O’C
Tendai Manuel
Micael Byrne


Scumbag Millionaire

Scumbag Millionaire Pictures

Thanks again to cast and crew who have dedicated their time and efforts into the project.


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