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Filmed in Ireland and edited in Limerick with a broadcast date and time of Thursday 16th march at 10:15pm, RTE 1;  ‘No Words Needed’: Croke Park 2007, is an hour long documentary reliving the memories of how the doors of the famous venue were opened to Rugby, and that famous match against England for the Six Nations.

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.

No Words Needed: 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

Martin Corry (Former England Rugby Player)

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

Journalists

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)

Conor O’Shea (Commentator in Croke Park) 

Diarmaid Ferriter (Historian)

Micheal O’Muircheartaigh (Retired RTE broadcaster)

Directed by Ronan Cassidy, edited by Simon McGuire and music by Fergal Lawlor (The Cranberries). The documentary follows the story of the lead up to the Ireland v England rugby game in Croke Park in 2007, the most significant rugby game in Irish sporting history.

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RTE TV listing of the documentary

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Am delighted to announce that four films of which I edited have been nominated for the Richard Harris International Film Festival in late October.

‘Day Off’, ‘Date:Time’ and ‘The Apparel’, have all been accepted. These films were the brain child of Film Limerick Project manager Ronan Cassidy with renowned director Gerry Stembridge.

The scope of the Film Limerick project was not for the faint hearted. To bring the three stories together with three writers and three directors took organising and at times needed a delicate professional hand to harmonise everything together and allow the interweaving of the narratives, characters and locations of Limerick city to compliment each other. Project mentor Gerard Stembridge and project manager Ronan Cassidy brought all this together and with the support of the Limerick City of Culture, Behind the Scenes, Limerick 2020, Limerick Institute of Technology. The same amount of hard work, dedication and attention to detail was given to all three and the fruits of the labour of all cast and crew involved can be seen in every shot and piece of sound. This was certainly evident when all three had their cast and crew screening at the Limerick Film Festival back in April to an audience of nearly two hundred.

As editor on the trilogy, i’m taking great pride in the effort from everyone’s talent and patience with these films. I would encourage everyone to take a look at all three when ever you get a chance to see the film making talent that is growing in this city and region. They need the support and encouragement to continue their passion and goals. Film in Limerick needs to be supported now and into the future, whether the Limerick 2020 bid is successful or not… culture is not just for one year it’s for life and the Film Limerick Project has been only one part of many available by different groups and individuals in the city. It has achieved its goals set way back between the Limerick City of Culture 2014 team and Behind the Scenes. Regardless of people’s difference of opinion of each other, the trilogy films… all films… created in Limerick should not suffer… it is our creativity,… our art,… our culture and long may we continue to practice!

 

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The fourth short film nominated is Tommy C. Conlon’s, ‘The Sons of Robert Schuman’. Edited in early 2016 this is Tommy’s second short film after the success of ‘Play It Again Son!’.

SYNOPSIS

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.

I was delighted to work on all four of these films and look forward to the festival which takes place from October 27th to 31st.

 

 

After over a years worth of work on this project, there is a sense of excitement and anticipation with the cast and crew on the upcoming screening at the Limerick Film Festival.

This ambitious project was realised by Film Limerick Project Manager Ronan Cassidy and acclaimed Limerick writer and director Gerry Stembridge, with the support of Behind the Scenes in partnership with Limerick City of Culture. The scheme also received assistance from Screen Training Ireland.

The idea behind the project was a way of providing training and experience for those seeking to break into the film industry. Three short films were produced using local filmmakers mentored by industry professionals. Gerard Stembridge selected three writers from Behind The Scenes and worked with these writers individually to make each script as good as it could be. He also took an overview, looking for connecting features and elements that would create links between the stories.

The writers were given maximum freedom to tell whatever story they wanted to tell. The stories had to be contemporary and preferably unfold within a limited time period and Limerick City itself was to be evident as the backdrop. The use of locations in the city is therefore at the heart of each of the films. Even though the films are quite separate stories and work as stand-alone films, seen together they are subtlety linked.

Three teams were put together with everyone who took part gaining invaluable experience from top industry professionals. The teams consisted of three first time writers and three first time directors. In addition there were DOP’s, sound operators, set designers, assistant editors wardrobe, make-up, hair etc., each team being mentored by designated industry professionals.

Gerard Stembridge worked with the directors on casting to secure the best available local talent for the individual films. He also oversaw the filming and mentored the directors on set and ensured that the important linking elements between the stories were taken care of, so that the final product would stand up as a single entity.

Mentor Gerard Stembridge, three writers and three directors all from Limerick, set about creating three short films to be shot in Limerick, featuring a cast of local actors. The films can stand alone but are also a trilogy, linked and intertwined in a number of subtle ways, not least the presence of the city itself as a character across all three films. Come see how this genuine community film project came together.

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The Apparel – Featuring Andrew Bennett (Angela’s Ashes) and Aidan Crowe (Game of Thrones)

Joseph is a 40 something whose life has taken a turn. Moved into emergency accommodation with an unkempt 20 something, he clings to the last vestiges of the life he knew and the status of his job as curator of an art gallery.

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Day Off – Starring Dawn Bradfield (The Clinic) and Joe Mullins (Pilgrim Hill)

Laura struggles at first to come to terms with her husband’s life-changing affliction, her only distraction is her Day Off, where once a week she finds time to see her friends and socialise.

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Date:Time – Main characters played by local actors Mark Griffin and Erica Murray

A romance develops between Ann and Bob, but his bad habit of being continuously late is taking the excitement away and she feels taken for granted.

All the offline editing took place at the post facilities of Limerick Institute of Technology, with three assistant editors gaining experience under the mentorship of myself. I would like to say thanks to Mark Griffin, Patrick Czekalski and Maeve Humphreys for their attention to detail and commitment to the project. Well done guys and enjoy the screening.

The special screening of the Film Limerick Trilogy is taking place on Friday 15th at 8pm in the Millennium Theatre, LIT.

 

Q&A Session with director Terry McMahon, Actor Moe Dunford and DOP Michael Lavelle

Q&A Session with director Terry McMahon, Actor Moe Dunford and DOP Michael Lavelle

A fascinating film screening and Q&A session afterwards was had at 69 O’Connell Street to mark the end of the 3rd Annual Richard Harris International Film Festival. Terry McMahon’s acclaimed feature, Patrick’s Day, played out to a well attended and spell bound audience on Sunday 25th October.

With the haunting music from the genius that is Damien Dempsey along with the captivating performance of Moe Dunford, the artistic eye of DOP Michael Lavelle, the precession editing by Emer Reynolds and the creative force of director Terry McMahon gives audiences a new insight to the topic of mental health which is more often misunderstood and stigmatised in todays society.

If you haven’t seen this film then it needs to be on your list. Lessions are here also for film makers. It is possible for a meaningful film that connects and speaks to audiences, to be created for a budget of 400,000 Euro.

Check out the trailer below.

Simon with Nigel Mercier, (LImerick School of Acting), Mark Griffin (Behind The Scenes) and Ronan Cassidy (Film Limerick) (Photo by (Pat Browne, Munster Images)

Simon with Nigel Mercier, (LImerick School of Acting), Mark Griffin (Behind The Scenes) and Ronan Cassidy (Film Limerick) (Photo by (Pat Browne, Munster Images)

 

LtoR: Mark Griffin (Behind The Scenes), Jacinta Khan (Savoy Hotel) and Simon. (Photo by Pat Browne, Munster Images.)

LtoR: Mark Griffin (Behind The Scenes), Jacinta Khan (Savoy Hotel) and Simon. (Photo by Pat Browne, Munster Images.)

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Film Limerick Trilogy Editor, Simon McGuire at the Avid Edit Suite in Limerick Institute of Technology

We are in the final stages of the Offline cut of the Film Limerick Trilogy. The short films, The Apparel, Day Off and Date:Time are now being spotted by the music composers and the final preparations for the delivery to the online and sound mixing team will take place in the coming weeks.

In what has been an ambitious project, realised by Film Limerick Project manager, Ronan Cassidy, and Irish writer and Director Gerry Stembridge, the trilogy of films has brought together both professional and aspiring film makers in Limerick to create a film cultural legacy that will hopefully continue for many years to come.

Film Limerick Project Mananger, Ronan Cassidy and Gerry Stembridge

Film Limerick Project Mananger, Ronan Cassidy and Gerry Stembridge

As editor on the three films, I have had the opportunity not only to work with three new directors and experience their vision for the stories but I have also had the opportunity to train in three assistant editors and give them a practical and first person view of the craft of editing, here at the facilities of Limerick Institute of Technology.

Maeve Humphreys, Patryk Czekalski and Mark Griffin have all worked on scenes for the films as well as give their interpretation and input to the ideas of the films. Similar training opportunities were given on set by Gerry, Ronan and the DOP Paddy Jordan to the different production departments, giving this project its unique selling point for future investment. In some cases the trainees have had other opportunities to work on professional productions around the country which in turn cements the early success of the Film Limerick Trilogy before its even been completed.

Cast and Crew of The Apparel

Cast and Crew of The Apparel

As the online post production, grading and sound mixing are nearing, there is a sense of anticipation for the premiere screening of these films by the cast and crew. Also with the impending new academic year in the third level institutions such as Limerick Institute of Technology and Limerick College of Further Education, it is hoped that current and incoming students take advantage of the possible future opportunities that may arise from the back of this project.

Details of the premiere of the trilogy will be made on the Behind the Scenes website HERE.

 

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Date:Time, the third of a trilogy of Limerick created short films has begun production in locations around the city, including Steamboat Quay, Brimstone Restaurant and Cafe Noir. With a heavy schedule of three days, the cast and crew are busily in production of this unique script. Directed by Paul Corey (under the watchful eye of Gerry Stembridge) and filmed by Paddy Jordan, Date:Time will complete the trilogy of short films under the Film Limerick Legacy project by Ronan Cassidy (Film Limerick Project Manager) and Behind The Scenes.

Post production which is headed up by Simon McGuire, is nearing completion on the first two films  ; The Apparel (Directed by Peter Delaney) and Day Off (Directed by Stephen Hall) and the post for Date:Time will be completed in the coming weeks.

There will be a September Premiere of all the films in a Limerick Venue (to be announced) which will give audiences as well as the cast and crews of all three films a chance to marvel at the hard work put into the project by Limerick Film Makers.

Keep an eye out over the next few days for the film crew in the city.

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A very positive and informative evening was had at Dolans on the Dock Road on Monday night last (29th June)

With a full house in attendance of film makers, the media and the crews of the Film Limerick Trilogy films, short excerpts of the first two films that are nearing completion were screened along with a panel discussion.

From Left: Peter Delaney (dir), Stephen Hall (dir), and Daniel Mooney (writer)

From Left: Peter Delaney (dir), Stephen Hall (dir), and Daniel Mooney (writer)

Writer, Daniel Mooney (The Apparel), Director, Peter Delaney (The Apparel) and Director, Stephen Hall (Day Off) gave a in-depth insight to their experience of working on the unique Film Limerick project answering questions from Film Limerick Project Manager Ronan Cassidy and members of the audience.

Audience at the Film Limerick Scene Screening.

Audience at the Film Limerick Scene Screening.

With the third film ‘Date:Time’ to go into production on July 22nd, this event has generated a positive vibe with the cast and crew, giving them a clear idea of how the films are progressing and the advantages of working on the Film Limerick project.

Also mentioned were the two Bursary films, Lost and Found and The Clockmakers Dream. Both of which received €15,000 each through the  Limerick City of Culture 2014, Film Limerick and Behind The Scenes, and are in the final stages of post production. The teaser trailer for Lost and Found was screened also which stars many local and familiar Limerick Acting talent. This trailer can be viewed below.

Behind the Scenes would like to again thank all who worked, volunteered or simply supported the trilogy project and look forward to the completion of the final film and the premiere of all three at a date in September 2015.

Thanks,

The Behind The Scenes Team.

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With principle filming completed on the second film of the trilogy, The Apparel, we have now started the post production.

The “training Trilogy”, a brainchild of Film Limerick Project Manager, Ronan Cassidy, has brought together both professional and novice filmmakers to realise the three short scripts created by Limerick’s Dan Mooney, Peter McNamara and Philip Shanahan.

The post production team consists of LSAD Student; Maeve Humphreys, Mark Griffin (LCFE) and Patryk Czekalski (LIT) (Assistant editors) and myself as lead editor. Limerick Institute of Technology is providing the post production facilities for the offline editing. We are using Avid Media Composer 7 with an Avid ISIS 5500 server for storage.

With the first of the three films, Day Off, already in the middle of post production, the team now move onto the more difficult task of managing two at the same time. With the third (Date Night) in preproduction, the team will be soon working on all the trilogy ensuring that the visual and story links are working along with balancing the ideas of three directors and the support of Ronan and Gerry Stembridge.
In the end we will have three great short films of which we can all be proud of, which will also show off to the rest of Ireland that Limerick has talent and locations for professional film making.

More soon.

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Short films to shoot in Limerick next month

Gerry Stembridge

Gerry Stembridge

(Taken from RTE)

A trilogy of short films will be shot in Limerick next month as part of a training programme for local filmmakers.

The initiative by filmmakers’ group Behind the Scenes in partnership with Limerick City of Culture sees Limerick filmmaker Gerry Stembridge (About AdamScrap Saturday) working as writing and director mentor.

Cinematographer Patrick Jordan (PentecostVolkswagen Joe) will shoot the three shorts and composer Patrick Cassidy (CalvaryHannibal) will supervise the music.

Casting is currently taking place and interested parties should contact: filmlimerick@behindthescenes.ie with headshot and résumé. Training crew positions will also be arranged and those interested should contact: behindthesceneslimerick@gmail.com.

Stembridge said: “There will be three short films made, all to be shot in Limerick. They will be written, directed, crewed and acted by people living in or from Limerick. The story idea is really creative and interesting and will also showcase Limerick as a location.”

Project Manager Ronan Cassidy added: “This is a very exciting time to be involved in film in Limerick. It is an incredibly ambitious project to be undertaken at local level.

“We are working on a limited budget, but I know from the enthusiasm of all involved we are going to produce something very special.

“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.”

 

Check out Behind the Scenes website HERE for further updates and details.

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