Garage, Lenny Abrahamson's second feature following Adam & Paul, has been awarded $833,513 (Euros 660,000) in the second round of funding from the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland's (BCI) Sound & Vision fund.
Garage is the only feature project to have been backed by the BCI in the second round of the fund which allocated $12.1m (Euros 9.59m) in total to 39 projects with letters of support from Irish broadcasters. In the first round of BCI funding substantial backing was offered to three feature projects: Cre na Cille, Kings and 32A.
Cre na Cille, an adaptation of the Irish-language novel by Mairtin O Cadhain directed by Robert Quinn, is in post-production. Kings, an adaptation of Jimmy Murphy's play the Kings of Kilburn High Road will be directed by Tommy Collins and produced by Jackie Larkin at Newgrange Pictures. It iscurrently casting for a September shoot.
32A, written and directed by Marian Quinn and produced by Tom Weir at Janey Pictures, commences principal photography today. The $1.9m (Euros 1.5m) film stars Marian Quinn's brother Aidan, together with Jared Harris, Orla Brady and young newcomer Ailish McCarthy who plays the teenaged protagonist of the coming-of-age tale.
32A will shoot for five weeks on location in Dublin, Sligo and Boyle, County Roscommon. Also backed by the Irish Film Board with Germany's MDM and MDB, the project will be shot by PJ Dillon who was DoP on on Quinn's short film Come To.