Parental Advisory

What if your teenager turned round to you and told you they were ditching school to become a rock star?

We’ve successfully crowdfunded £10k to produce a pilot episode of our personal passion project, a unique documentary series about rock music.  With confirmed interest from a major global broadcaster we’re filming one episode to help get them over the line in early 2019.

Inspired John Olson’s 1971 Life Magazine photographic essay featuring rock stars at home with their parents, Parental Advisory is a documentary series, offering a candid portrait of the world’s biggest and best rock gods – talented kids who dared to succeed outside the system – through the eyes of the person who knows them like no other – their mum or dad.

A Sign of Things

Having lost his job after his factory closed, Dad, Daniel, is now seemingly devoting himself to the church. When his wife Zara agrees to let a racy cabaret bar pay to advertise on the side of their house, a family showdown ensues.

A Sign of Things is a brand new drama commissioned by RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen for the new season of Storyland, the award-winning commissioning project that gives emerging Irish drama talent an opportunity to make original programmes, viewable to a global audience on RTÉ Player.

No. 1 rated show on RTE Player 25.10.17  // Nominee ‘Best Debut Writer’ Edinburgh TV Festival 2018

Creative Team

Producer:  Julie Gardner

Writer:  Ewen Glass

Director:  Aidan Largey

Filming took place in Belfast and Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland in Summer 2017

Rebecca: Jenny Walsh

Zara: Mary Lindsay

Daniel: Nigel O’Neill

Roy: Ian Beattie

Carol: Rachel Murray

Gibbo: Lalor Roddy

Alecks: Benjamin Jacob-Smith

Tanya: Hayley McQuillan

DOP:  Ian Marrs

Production Designer:  Jessica Dunleavy

Sound Recordist:  Chris Woodcock

Editor:  Helen Sheridan

Composer:  James Everett

1st Assistant Director:  Paul George

Project Specs

Running time: 18’30”

Year: 2017

Language: English

Country of Origin: UK/Ireland

Filming Location:  Belfast & Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland

Format: 16:9, HD, 25 fps

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Sparrow

A charming film exploring the subtle dynamics of brother and sisterhood.

Cara, the first kid in the family to graduate, returns from her gap year to a family celebration in her honour. Older brother Nathan, forced to drop out of his music degree after a life-changing hand injury, is conflicted. Pleased to see his sister; angry and bitter at the world after his accident; stagnating at home looking after their increasingly alcoholic mother, he struggles to contain his jealousy.

But for the accident, this should have been his party.

Official Selection:  Belfast Film Festival  //  Film Devour 25 (winner Audience Choice Award)  //  Women in Film and Television UK Short Film Showcase // London Independent Film Festival // Beer Town Film Festival // Sleeping Giants Film Festival // RTE Shortscreen // Performance Media Awards (nominee Best Short Film)

Creative Team

Producer:  Julie Gardner

Writer / Director:  Rebekah Davis

The script was developed by Northern Ireland Screen’s script consultant and short film executive through their Access Shorts scheme; an initative to find film-makers exclusively from groups that are under-represented in the film and television sector.

Cara:  Lola Petticrew

Nathan:  Chris Grant

Carol:  Rachael Murray

DOP:  Ian Marrs

Production Designer:  Jessica Dunleavy

Sound Recordists:  Chris Woodcock/Andrew McArthur

Editor:  Lauren L’estrange

Composer:  Jenny McCaffrey

1st Assistant Director:  Paul George

Project Specs

Running time: 13’05”

Year: 2017

Language: English

Country of Origin: UK/Ireland

Filming Location:  Belfast, Northern Ireland

Format: 16:9, HD, 25 fps

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The Climb

Recently widowed Julia is compelled to climb a mountain for the first and only time.

After the sudden death of her adventure-loving spouse Julia decides it’s time for a fresh start abroad.  Guided by an old climbing friend of her husband, she plucks up the courage to bid goodbye to her former life by doing one last thing – pushing herself to climb his favourite mountain.

A climb both physical and mental, which is based on a true story

Aer Lingus in-flight entertainment, autumn 2017

Best Performances at Best of Feedback Female Film Festival (winner) //  Official Selection: Toronto Irish Film Festival  //  Cork Film Festival  // Sleeping Giants Film Festival  //  Irish Film Festival Boston  //  The Richard Harris International Film Festival  //  Chicago Irish Film Festival  //  Film Devour 23  //  Belfast Film Festival 2017 // Performance Media Awards (nominee Best Short Film)

Creative Team

Producer:  Julie Gardner

Writer / Director:  Lynne Davison

The script was developed by Northern Ireland Screen’s script consultant and short film executive through their 2015 Access Shorts scheme; an initative to find film-makers exclusively from groups that are under-represented in the film and television sector.

Julia:  Joanne Crawford

Darren:  Ian Beattie

DOP:  Ian Marrs

Sound Recordist:  Marty Harrison

Editor:  Helen Sheridan

Composer:  Johnny Lombard

1st Assistant Director:  Paul George

Project Specs

Budget: £12,500.

Running time: 9’20”

Rating: Suitable for all ages

Year: 2016

Language: English

Country of Origin: UK/Ireland

Format: 2.35:1, HD, 25 fps

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