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 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 to secure a full commission in 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.

‘Rock Star’ is the first series in this strand of ‘Parental Advisory – Raising a…’ programmes examining what it means to succeed in extraordinary creative careers.

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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