IRELAND October 13


(Grand Pictures) Budget: £1m.Backers: Irish Film Board, NIFTC, Arts Council of Wales, Section 481, S&L.Romantic comedy based on the novel by James Hawes. Prods: Michael Garland, PaulDonovan. Dir: Tommy Collins. Cast: Angeline Ball. Shooting in Donegal, NorthernIreland and Wales from late November 2004 - January 2005.
Contact: Michael Garland, Grand Pictures, (353) 1 860 2290

ISOLATION (formerly The Calf)
(Element Films) Co-prod: The Bureau[UK] in assn with Blue Orange Films [UK]. Budget $5m. Backers: Film Four, IrishFilm Board, Redbus, Lions Gate, Section 481, S&L. Prods: Ed Guiney,Bertrand Fevre. Dir/scr: Billy O'Brien. Shooting from November 15 for eightweeks with a break for Christmas.

(Borderline Productions) Budget:E3.25m. Backers: Irish Film Board, NIFTC, Nordisk Film, EIS investment (UK). Aformer IRA member hiding out in Brixton during a time of racial tension is putunder pressure to do a last job for the cause. Prod: Tom Maguire. Exec prod:Carlo Ducie. Dir: Mark Hammond. Scr: Brendan Foley. Cast: Tommy Flanagan,Samantha Mumba, Vinnie Jones, Roger Daltry, Idris Elba, Gerry McSorley,Laurence Kinlan. Shooting for five weeks in Belfast from Nov 15 and one week inLondon.
Contact: Tom Maguire, Borderline Productions, (44) 28 9033 3360

(Green Park Films) Backers: NorthernIreland Film & Television Commission, Irish Film Board. Prods: MichaelCasey, Helen Murray. Dir: Brian Kirk. Scr: Daragh Carville.
Contact: Michael Casey, Green Park Films, (44) 28 9057 3000

(Parallel Films) Co-prod: TuskProductions. Budget: E10m Backers: Movision, Invicta, Irish Film Board. Intlsales: Arclight Films. Nth American rights enquiries to: Shaun Redick at ICMInternational. A group of working class Dublin women leave their familiesbehind when they win a trip to Lourdes. Prods: Alan Moloney, Joan Allen, JuliaPalau, Evan Todd, Matthew Payne, Michael Cowan, Jason Piette. Exec prods: PeterJames, James Simpson. Dir/scr: Jimmy Smallhorne. Cast: Joan Allen, ClaireDanes, Kathy Bates, and Maggie Smith.
Contact: Alan Moloney, Parallel Films, (353) 1 671 8555


(Parallel Films) Co-prod: Number 9[UK]. Backers: Irish Film Board, NIFTC, Pathe Pictures. Intl sales: PatheInternational. Adaptation of Pat McCabe's comic novel about Patrick 'Kitten'Brady, a young transvestite from small town, rural Ireland who goes on the makein London. Prods: Stephen Woolley, Alan Moloney, Neil Jordan. Dir/scr: NeilJordan. Cast: Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, Stephen Rea.Shooting in Co Kilkenny, Dublin, Belfast and London from September 6, 2004.
Contact publicist: Caitriona Ward, (353) 86 250 5883

(Deep River Productions [US])Co-prod: Hells Kitchen International. Backers: Paramount, Section 481. Based onthe classic 1950s American TV series of the same name. Prod: David T Friendly.Co-prod: Paul Myler. Dir: John Schultz. Shooting in Dublin from August 27.Cast: Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps.
Contact publicist: Gerry Lundberg, (353) 1 679 8476

(Tiger Aspect Pictures [UK])Co-prod: Hells Kitchen International. A feature film based on the award-winningUK TV comedy series The League of Gentlemen. Backers: Universal Studios andFilm Four. Prods: Greg Brenman, Ed Guiney. Exec prods: Peter Bennett-Jones,Andrew Lowe and The League of Gentlemen. Dir: Steve Bendelack. Created by andstarring: Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson. Shootingfor five weeks in Dublin from October 4, followed by one week in London.
Contact publicist: Maud Halferty, (353) 1 671 3672

(Igloo Productions) Backers: IrishFilm Board, Hamburg Film Fund, Eurimages. Prods: Brian Willis, Peter Stockhausen.Co-prod: Christine Alderson. Dir/scr: Anthony Byrne. Shooting in Ireland andGermany from early October.
Contact: Brian Willis, Igloo Productions, (353) 1 662 4624

(Ferndale Films) Budget: E10m.Backers: Irish Film Board, Telemunchen, Surefire Fund, Section 481, S&L.UK/Irl co-production. Intl Sales: The Works. Adaptation of the Maeve Binchynovel about an American woman and an Irish woman who do a house swap but findthemselves borrowing much more from each other's lives. Prods: Noel Pearson, AnneMarie Naughton, Myron Blumental. Co-prod: Sarah Radclyffe. Dir: GilliesMcKinnon. Scr: Cynthia Cidre, Shane Connaughton. DoP: John de Borman. Cast:Andie McDowell, Olivia Williams, Heike Makatsch, Alan Devlin, Stephen Rea, IanGlen, Ruby Wax. Shooting from October 18 for five weeks in Ireland followed bytwo weeks in South Africa.
Contact publicist: Gerry Lundberg, (353) 1 679 8476

(Magma Films). Co-prod: A-Film(Den), TV2 (Den) Futurikon (Fr), Ulysses (Ger). Budget: Euro8m. Backers: DanishFilm Institute. Feature CG animation. Exec prods: Ralph Christians, AndersMastrup. Dir: Karsten Killerich (A-Film). Scr: Mark Hodkinson.
Contact: Daina Sacco, Magma Films, (353) 91 569 142


(Seven Arts Signature International[UK]) Backer: Section 481. Dist (US): Paramount Classics. Dark romance. Aforensic psychiatrist's wife embarks on a passionate but doom-laden affair witha 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: Colin Monie. Make-up/hair: AileenSeaton. Casting dir: Priscilla John. Cast: Natasha Richardson, Martin Csokas,Ian McKellen, Hugh Bonneville, Joss Ackland, Sean Harris, Judy Parfitt, MariaAitken.
Contact: M+R, (44) 207 637 2600

(Element Films) Backers: Irish FilmBoard, Isle of Man Film Commission, Optimum Releasing, Bank of Ireland (gapfinance), Sale & Leaseback, Section 481. Int'l sales: OdysseyEntertainment. Prod: Ed Guiney. Co-Prod: Matthew Justice (Lunar Films). Execprods: Andrew Lowe, Ralph Kamp, Louise Goodsill. Dir: Stephen Bradley. Scr:Derek Landy. DoP: Balazs Bolygo. Prodn Des: Anna Rackard. Eds: Dermot Diskin,Ben Yeates. Cast: Samantha Mumba, David Leon.
Contact: Ed Guiney, Element Films, (353) 1 618 5032

(Three Way Productions) Backers:Irish Film Board. Horror/comedy. Prods: Edward King, Michael Griffin. Execprod: for the Irish Film Board: Brendan McCarthy. Dir/scr/ed: Conor McMahon.DoP: Andrew Legge. Sound: Fiadhnait McCann. Prodn Man/AD: Gareth Evans. Proddes: Cornelius Browne. Special Effects: Jay Graham. Make Up: Liz Byrne. Music:John Gilhooley. Cast, Marian Araujo, David Mauyllard, Eoin Whelan, David Ryan,Amy Redmond and Kathryn Toolan.
Contact: Edward King, Three Way Productions, (353) 86 889 8740

THE MIGHTY CELT (formerly Valhalla)
(Treasure Entertainment) Backers:BBC Films, Irish Film Board, Northern Ireland Film & Television Commission,TV3. Int'l sales: The Works. Story of a 14 year old boy who adopts an awkwardgreyhound his boss has no time for, and trains it to become a championshipcontender. Prods: Rob Walpole, Paddy McDonald, Paddy Breathnach. Dir/scr:Pearse Elliot. DoP: Seamus Deasy. First AD: Andrew Hegarty. Cast: RobertCarlyle, Gillian Anderson, Tyrone McKenna, Ken Stott, Sean McGinley.
Contact: Carol McCullough (44) 2893 360 140 (unit publicist), Rob Walpole,Treasure Entertainment, (353) 1 670 9609.

(New Starfish Enterprise) Backers:Irish Film Board, Filmbase. A contemporary story about three misfits who take aroad trip to Cork while simultaneously embarking on a journey ofself-discovery. Prod: Victoria Parks. Dir/scr: Stephen Kane. DoP: ChristelChaudet. Ed: Kevin Lavelle. Prod des: Martina Greaney. Mus: Steve Dima. Cast:Ailish Symons, Mark Huberman, Pat McGrath.
Contact: Vicki Parks, (353) 1 679 6716,

(Octagon Films) Co-prod: Scott FreeProductions [UK]. Period drama. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Irish KingDonnchadh (David O'Hara) brutally subjugates tribal England. There, youngorphaned Tristan (James Franco) is raised by family ally Lord Marke (RufusSewell). As a young man, the charismatic Tristan leads guerilla attacks onIrish occupying forces, ultimately defeating King Donnchadh's elite warriors.Believing himself to be mortally wounded, Tristan requests a funeral boat thateventually washes up on the Irish coast. Discovered by Irish Princess Isolde(Sophia Myles), the two fall passionately in love. All too soon Tristan mustflee back to the safety of England. Meanwhile, King Donnchadh invites theEnglish lords to contest for Isolde's hand, hoping to cause further discordamong the bickering English barons. Unaware of Isolde's identity, Tristanfights in the tournament as Marke's champion. Tristan is victorious but isdevastated to learn Isolde's true identity. Lord Marke weds Isolde and preparesto become King of the now united England, ruining Donnchadh's plan. Despitetheir best efforts to stay apart, Tristan and Isolde eventually resume theiraffair. 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, Sophia Myles, Rufus Sewell, David O'Hara, DexterFletcher, Bronagh Gallagher, Mark Strong.
Contact: Catherine Tiernan, Octagon Films (353) 1 276 9522

THE TROUBLE WITH SEX (formerly Bite)
(Fubar Films) Backers: Irish FilmBoard, RTE, Xtra-Vision. A chance encounter between Michelle and Conor, a womanon the run from a messy relationship and a man on the run from himself, leadsto a strong attraction. He has to see her; she has to see him, the journeybegins again. Prod: Fiona Bergin. Dir: Fintan Connolly. Scr: Connolly, CatrionaMcGowan. DoP: Owen McPolin. Ed: Ray Roantree, Sarah Armstrong. Prod des: StevenKingston, Laurent Mellet. Mus: Niall Byrne. Cast: Aidan Gillen, Renee Weldon,Mannix Flynn, Eamon Morrissey.
Contact: Fiona Bergin: Fubar Films (353) 1 476 3914,

(Jam Films) Budget E500, 000.Co-prods: Curbside Pictures [US]. Backers: Private investment. Afifteen-year-old boy spends time with his three great aunts in a big house inrural Ireland. Prod: Jack Armstrong. Dir/scr (co): Michael Aimett and John G.Hoffman. DoP: Tim Fleming. Shooting in County Wicklow for four weeks from July4, with one day each in the US and the UK.
Contact: Jack Armstrong, Jam Films, (353) 1 286 2971