(Magma Films [Irl], Art Oko Film [Ger]) Co-prods: Future Film [UK]. Budget:Euros 5m. Backers: Buena Vista [Ger]. Dist: Buena Vista (Germany) andMoviehouse (UK). Thriller. Exec prods: Ralph Christians, Stephen Margolis,Michele Berk. Prods: Karel Dirka, Clodagh Freeman. Dir: Peter Medak. Scr:Agatha Dominik, Robert Newton. DoP: Elemer Ragalyi. Prod des: Michael Pickwood.Cast: Lena Olin, Lynn Redgrave, Patrick Bergin. Shooting Autumn 2004.
Contact: Clodagh Freeman, Magma Films, (353) 91 569 142.
(Samson Films) Backers: Northern Ireland Film & Television Commission.Prods: David Collins, Martina Niland, Colin McKeown. Dir/scr: Scott Morgan.Shooting Summer 2004 for 4-5 weeks in Belfast.
Contact: Martina Niland, Samson Films, (353) 1 667 0533
BOY EATS GIRL
(Element Films) Backers: Irish Film Board, Isle of Man Film Commission, OptimumReleasing, Bank of Ireland (gap finance), sale & leaseback, Section 481.Int'l sales: Odyssey Entertainment. Prod: Ed Guiney. Exec prod: Andrew Lowe.Co-prod: Matthew Justice (Lunar Films).Dir: Stephen Bradley. Scr: Derek Landy. Cast: Samantha Mumba, David Leon.Shooting July 26 - September 4 in Ireland and the Isle of Man.
Contact: Ed Guiney, Element Films, (353) 1 618 5032
BREAKFAST ON PLUTO
(Co of Wolves) Backers: Irish Film Board, Pathe Pictures. Int'l sales: PatheInternational. Adaptation of Pat McCabe's comic and melodramatic novel about ayoung man from small town, rural Ireland who makes a life for himself as atransvestite prostitute in London. Prods: Stephen Woolley, Alan Moloney, NeilJordan. Dir/scr: Neil Jordan. Cast: Cillian Murphy. Shooting from September2004.
Contact: Alan Moloney, (353) 1 671 8555
(Samson Films) Prods: David Collins, Martina Niland. Dir: Kieron J Walsh. Scr:Carmel Callan. Shooting in Dublin late Summer 2004.
Contact: Martina Niland, Samson Films, (353) 1 667 0533
IN LIKE FLYNN
(Subotica Entertainment) Prod: Tristan Lynch, Dominic Wright. Int'l sales:Moviehouse Entertainment. Dir/scr: Niall Heery. Cast: Robert Carlyle, RayWinstone. Shooting in the autumn.
Contact: Tristan Lynch, Subotica Entertainment, (353) 1 662 email@example.com
(Parallel Films) Co-prod: Tusk Productions. Budget: Eu10m Backers: Movision,Invicta, Irish Film Board. Int'l sales: Arclight Films. Nth Am rights enquiriesto: Shaun Redick at ICM International. A group of working class Dublin womenleave their families behind when they win a trip to Lourdes. Prods: AlanMoloney, Joan Allen, Julia Palau, Evan Todd, Matthew Payne, Michael Cowan,Jason Piette. Exec prods: Peter James, James Simpson. Dir/scr: JimmySmallhorne. Cast: Joan Allen, Claire Danes, Kathy Bates, and Maggie Smith.Shooting from July in Dublin and Lourdes.
Contact: Alan Moloney, Parallel Films, (353) 1 671 8555
(Grand Pictures) Co-prods: Remote Films [UK], Spice Factory Films [UK]. Budget:£3m. Dist: BVI (Ireland). Contemporary comedy drama set in rural Ireland.Dir/scr: Shay Leonard. Co-prods: Michael Garland, Alexis Bicat. Cast: Colm Meaney,David O'Hara. Shooting in Sligo in Autumn 2004.
Contact: Michael Garland, Grand Pictures, (353) 1 860 2290
Budget Eu500,000. Co-prods: Curbside Pictures [US]. Backers: Private investment.A fifteen-year-old boy spends time with his three great aunts in a big house inrural Ireland. Prod: Jack Armstrong. Dir/scr: Michael Aimett, John G Hoffman.DoP: Tim Fleming. Shooting in County Wicklow for four weeks from July 4, withone day each in the US and the UK.
Contact: Jack Armstrong, (353) 286 2971
WIDE BLUE YONDER
(Titian Red Pictures) A caper film set in a retirement home. Prod: Kevin ByronMurphy, Rachel Downey. Co prod: Paul Munn. Dir: Robert W Young. Scr: HughJanes. Prod des: Humphrey Jaeger, DoP: Robin Vidgeon. Cost: Nigel Boyd. Ed:Jeremy Strachan. Prod acct: Con Cremins. Cast: Lauren Bacall, Ian Holm, LaurenAmbrose, James Fox, Max Beesley. Shooting in and around Dublin for six weeksduring the summer.
Contact: Kevin Byron Murphy, Blue Yonder Films, (353) 1 213 0601
THE MIGHTY CELT (FORMERLYVALHALLA)
(Treasure Entertainment) Backers: BBC Films, Irish Film Board, Northern IrelandFilm & Television Commission, TV3. Int'l sales: The Works. Story of a 14year old boy who adopts an awkward greyhound his boss has no time for, andtrains it to become a championship contender. Prod: Rob Walpole, PaddyMcDonald, Paddy Breathnach. Dir/scr: Pearse Elliot. DoP: Seamus Deasy. FirstAD: Andrew Hegarty. Cast: Robert Carlyle, Gillian Anderson, Tyrone McKenna, KenStott, Sean McGinley. Shooting from May 24, primarily in Belfast.Contact: CarolMcCullough (44) 2893 360 140 (unit publicist). Rob Walpole, Treasure Entertainment,(353) 1 670 9609.
UGLY DUCKLING AND ME
(Magma Films). Co-prod: A-Film (Den), TV2 (Den) Futurikon (Fr), Ulysses (Ger).Budget: Euro8m. Backers: Danish Film Institute. Feature animation. Exec prods:Ralph Christians, Anders Mastrup. Dir: Karsten Killerich (A-Film). Scr: MarkHodkinson.
Contact: Daina Sacco, Magma Films, (353) 91 569 142
ADAM AND PAUL
(Porridge Pictures) Backers: Irish Film Board, RTE, Xtra-Vision, privateequity. Friends since they were small boys, Adam & Paul have withered intotwo hapless, desperate junkies, tied together by habit and necessity. Astylised downbeat physical comedy, the film follows the boys over the course ofa single day, which like every other, is entirely devoted to the business ofscrounging and robbing money for drugs. The directorial feature debut of LennyAbrahamson, an award-winning commercials director. Pro: Jonny Speers. Exec Pro:Ed Guiney. Dir: Lenny Abrahamson. Scr: Mark O'Halloran. DoP: James Mather. Ed:Isabel Stephenson. Prod des: Padraig O'Neill. Mus: Stephen Rennicks, HughDrumm. Cast: Mark O'Halloran, Tom Murphy.
Contact: Jonny Speers, Porridge Pictures, (353) 1 662 1130, firstname.lastname@example.org
(Seven Arts Signature International [UK]). Backer: Section 481. Dist (US):Paramount Classics. Dark romance. A forensic psychiatrist's wife embarks on apassionate but doom-laden affair with a mad but charismatic artist. Exec prods:Woodfall Films, Peter Hoffman, Michael Barlow, Robert Rehme, Chris Curling.Prods: Mace Neufeld, Laurie Borg. Co-prod: David Collins. Dir: David Mackenzie.Scr: Patrick Marber. Prod des: Laurence Dorman. DoP: Giles Nuttgens. First AD:Peter Agnew. Costume des: Consolata Boyle. Sound: Brendan Deasy. Ed: ColinMonie. Make-up/hair: Aileen Seaton. Casting dir: Priscilla John. Cast: NatashaRichardson, Martin Csokas, Ian McKellen, Hugh Bonneville, Joss Ackland, SeanHarris, Judy Parfitt, Maria Aitken. Shot from Aug 18, 2003, for 9 weeks inLeeds and Dublin.
Contact: M+R, (44) 207 637 2600
(Fubar Films). Backers: Irish Film Board, RTE, Xtra-Vision. A chance encounterbetween Michelle and Conor, a woman on the run from a messy relationship and aman on the run from himself, leads to a strong attraction. He has to see her;she has to see him. The journey to that essential, fleeting unity begins again.Prod: Fiona Bergin. Dir: Fintan Connolly. Scr: Connolly, Catriona McGowan. DoP:Owen McPolin. Ed: Ray Roantree, Sarah Armstrong. Prod des: Steven Kingston,Laurent Mellet. Mus: Niall Byrne. Cast: Aidan Gillen, Renee Weldon, MannixFlynn, Eamon Morrissey. Shot Summer 2004 in Dublin.
Contact: Fiona Bergin: Fubar Films (353) 1 476 3914, email@example.com.
(Three Way Productions). Backers: Irish Film Board. Horror/Comedy. Prods:Edward King, Michael Griffin. Exec prod: Brendan McCarthy. Dir/scr/ed: ConorMcMahon. DoP: Andrew Legge. Sound: Fiadhnait McCann. Prodn Man/AD: GarethEvans. Prod des: Cornelius Browne. Special Effects: Jay Graham. Make Up: LizByrne. Music: John Gilhooley. Cast, Marian Araujo, David Mauyllard, EoinWhelan, David Ryan, Amy Redmond and Kathryn Toolan. Shot in County Leitrim:April 14-May 19 2003.
Contact: Edward King, Three Way Productions, (353) 86 889 8740
INSIDE I'M DANCING
(Octagon Films [Ire], WT2 [UK]) Backers: Irish Film Board, Section 481. Dist(int'l): Universal Pictures. The story of Michael, a twenty four year old whohas cerebral palsy and long-term resident of the Carrigmore Residential Homefor the Disabled, run by the formidable Eileen. His life is transformed whenthe maverick Rory O'Shea moves in. Michael is stunned to discover that fasttalking Rory, who can move only his right hand, can understand his almostunintelligible speech. Rory's dynamic and rebellious nature soon sparks a flamein Michael, introducing him to a whole new world outside of Carrigmore.Together the two men outwit the system and set themselves up in a flatemploying the beautiful Siobhan as their personal assistant, to cook, clean andtake care of their needs. She soon becomes integral to the boys efforts atsuccessful independent living and begins to realise that this responsibilitybrings as many complications as it does rewards. Exec prods: Morgan O'Sullivan,Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Natascha Wharton. Prods: James Flynn, Juanita Wilson.Dir: Damien O'Donnell. Scr: Jeffrey Caine, based on a story by ChristianO'Reilly. DoP: Peter Robertson. Ed: Fran Parker. Prod Des: Tom Conroy. Cast:Steven Robertson, James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Brenda Fricker, Ruth McCabe. Shotin Dublin November/December 2003.
Contact: Catherine Tiernan, Octagon Films (353) 1 276 9522, FreudCommunications, (44) 20 7291 6399
(WT2 [UK], New Moon Pictures) Backers: Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, IrishFilm Board, Northern Ireland Film & Television Commission. Dist (UK):Universal Pictures. In the summer of 1970, Belfast's lines of division werestill being drawn. Two young boys from 'up the road' and 'overthe bridge' escape the confines of a city overshadowed by hatred and fearby becoming their heroes, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. Together theyswear an oath to be blood brothers for life and flee an imploding city for thefreedom of the Australian outback. Based on Owen McCafferty's award winningplay, Mojo Mickybo. Exec prods: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Natascha Wharton,Stephen Daldry. Prods: Mark Huffam, Michael McGeagh. Dir/scr: Terry Loane.Cast: Julie Walters, Ciaran Hinds, Adrian Dunbar, Gina McKee, Susan Lynch,Niall Scrght, John Jo McNeill. Shot from Oct 15, 2003, for eight weeks inBelfast and on location in Northern Ireland.
Contact: New Moon Pictures (44) 28 9067 3644
MAN ABOUT DOG
(Treasure Entertainment) Budget £1.5m. Backers: Irish Film Board, VisionView,Future Film, Redbus Pictures, Section 481, S&L[UK]. Sales: Element X. Dist:Redbus Pictures (UK/Irl). A raucous comedy set in the world of greyhoundracing. Three Belfast losers try to take on the bookies with no money and agreyhound that runs only when it suits him. Prods: Robert Walpole, SimonChanning Williams. Dir: Paddy Breathnach. Scr: Pearse Elliott. DoP: Cian deBuitlear. Ed: Dermot Diskin. Prod des: Paki Smith. Cast: Allen Leech, TomJordan Murphy, Ciaran Nolan, Sean McGinley, Fionnula Flanagan, Pat Shortt. ShotNovember 2003 on High Definition in Dublin, Kildare, and Belfast.
Contact: Rob Walpole, Treasure Entertainment, (353) 1 670 9609. Sales agent,Element X, (44) 20 7317 1440
(New Starfish Enterprise). Backers: Irish Film Board, Filmbase. A contemporarystory about three misfits who take a road trip to Cork while simultaneously embarkingon a journey of self-discovery. Dir/scr: Stephen Kane. Prod: Victoria Parks.DoP: Christel Chaudet. Ed: Kevin Lavelle. Prod des: Martina Greaney. Mus: SteveDima. Cast: Ailish Symons, Mark Huberman, Pat McGrath. Shot on DV in 2003 inWicklow and Dublin.
Contact: Vicki Parks, (353) 1 679 6716, firstname.lastname@example.org
TRISTAN & ISOLDE
(Octagon Films [Irl], Scott Free Productions [UK]) Period drama. After the fallof the Roman Empire, Irish King Donnchadh (David O'Hara) brutally subjugatestribal England. There, young orphaned Tristan (James Franco) is raised byfamily ally Lord Marke (Rufus Sewell). As a young man, the charismatic Tristanleads guerilla attacks on Irish occupying forces, ultimately defeating KingDonnchadh's elite warriors. Believing himself to be mortally wounded, Tristanrequests a funeral boat that eventually washes up on the Irish coast.Discovered by Irish Princess Isolde (Sophia Myles), the two fall passionatelyin love. All too soon Tristan must flee back to the safety of England.Meanwhile, King Donnchadh invites the English lords to contest for Isolde'shand, hoping to cause further discord among the bickering English barons.Unaware of Isolde's identity, Tristan fights in the tournament as Marke'schampion. Tristan is victorious but is devastated to learn Isolde's trueidentity. Lord Marke weds Isolde andprepares to become King of the now united England, ruining Donnchadh's plan.Despite their best efforts to stay apart, Tristan and Isolde eventually resumetheir affair. When King Donnchadh arrives in England for Marke's coronation, hedeviously unmasks the affair causing an English rebellion. Lord Marke forgivesTristan and Isolde as they defend Castle Dor from Irish troops. Tristan leads abattle against the Irish but is fatally wounded. As Lord Marke leads thereunited English troops to drive out the Irish, Tristan dies peacefully inIsolde's arms. Exec prods: Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Jim Lemley, Frank Hubner.Prods: Lisa Ellzey, Giannina Facio, Moshe Diamant, Elie Samaha. Co-prods: AnneLai, Jan Fantl. Dir: Kevin Reynolds. Scr: Dean Georgaris. DoP: Arthur Reinhart.Ed: Peter Boyle. Prod des: Mark Geraghty. Art dir: Jan Svoboda (Czech), DavidWilson (Ireland). Costume des: Maurizio Millennotti. SFX supervisor: PavelSagner. Cast: James Franco, SophiaMyles, Rufus Sewell, David O'Hara, Dexter Fletcher, Bronagh Gallagher, MarkStrong. Shot from Sept 3, 2003, until Dec 6 in Ireland and Prague.
Contact: Catherine Tiernan, Octagon Films (353) 1 276 9522