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Short Film News: ‘Night Nurse’ in Asia, Cassidy in Romania & Shortscreen Broadcasts
21 Jun 2011 :
The Night Nurse
News from the Irish short film industry - ‘The Night Nurse’ screening in Asia; two films from Declan Cassidy in Romania and Shortscreen showcases short films on RTÉ.

’The Night Nurse’

Irish director Terence White is to attend the Short Shorts and Asia Film Festival in Japan where his short ‘The Night Nurse’ will be screened and Terence will be taking part in post screening talks, film seminars and other events. ‘The Night Nurse’ is one of only 35 international films selected from over 3000 submissions for the festival (16 – 26 June).

Featuring IFTA winner Ger Ryan (Stardust, The Street) and John Burke, and produced by Ian W Davis and Garry Kelly of Dig productions, ‘The Night Nurse’ tells the story of a nurse doing a graveyard shift on a psychiatric ward who frantically searches for a missing patient. Director of photography on the short was Kate McCullough (Snap, His and Hers).

Travelling to Tokyo with support from Culture Ireland, director Terence White commented “ It’s a wonderful opportunity to promote my film and the Irish film industry. I also believe attending this event is an expression of solidarity with the Japanese people after the devastating natural disaster in the country earlier this year.”

Funded through IFB short shorts scheme, ‘The Night Nurse’ premiered in the Galway Film Fleadh in 2010 and has been screened nationally and internationally in festivals including Dublin International Film Festival and the Irish Film Festival Boston. It will screen at the IFI this month before French Thriller ‘Point Blank’ and will get its television debut on RTE2 in autumn of this year. Original music in the film is by Brian Crosby, a former member of Bell X1 and editing was done by Anna Marie O’Flanagan. Terence is currently in post-production on short ‘Baby Love’ drama written by Sylvia Cullen about a woman with Down syndrome who kidnaps a baby.

Declan Cassidy in Transylvania

Director Declan Cassidy has two shorts selected to screen in the Comedy Cluj Film Festival in Napoca, Transylvania takes place in October. ‘Whatever Turns You On’, is a 2008 IFB funded short which has won eight international awards, and his latest ‘The Bouquet’. "This is the first time I've had two films in the same festival," said Cassidy, "and I'm really glad of the opportunity to show an audience a greater scope of my work. This year seems to have a Romanian theme for me. I had already planned to take part in a 48 hour film making competition in Brasov, near Bucharest, at the end of July so the festival in October will be my second foray to Romania."

‘The Bouquet’ shot in Meath and his latest short ‘Wedding Planners’ is currently in final edit. ‘Whatever Turns You On’ will be broadcast as part of RTE’s Shortscreen on 27th June.

Irish Shorts on Shortscreen

Irish shorts to be broadcast on RTE’s Shortscreen series over the coming month include IFB funded short ‘Enough’. ‘Enough’ was written and directed by Barry Dignam (Chicken) and produced by Jean Rice about a young couple whose argument goes unnoticed in a restaurant. It aired on RTE on 20th June.

Other shorts showing on RTE’s Shortscreen include Eoin Ryan’s ‘Uncle Bills Barrel’ (July 4th), produced by Nick Ryan (The German) is about a rural family coping with a dead uncle who refuses to stay in his grave. Jamie Hannigan’s ‘Two Point Five Billion’ (11 July), produced by Shirley Weir for Stitch Films, focuses on a scientist working in the field of quantum mechanics who volunteers for a risky new experiment despite objections from his wife and colleagues.

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