10 July 2020 The Irish Film & Television Network

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Blinder Films release catalogue original titles on video on demand
07 Apr 2020 : Nathan Griffin
A Mother Brings Her Son To Be
The Irish production company has announced the release of a range of its titles on Vimeo on Demand, allowing worldwide audiences to enjoy this selection of Irish documentaries, dramas and genre films online, from the comfort of their own homes during these unprecedented times.

Among the titles available are Sinéad O’Shea’s gripping documentary A Mother Brings Her Son To Be, which garnered widespread acclaim all over the world, with screenings at BFI London Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, CPH:DOX, where it was nominated for the F:ACT award, and Watch Doc Film Festival where it won a jury prize.

It was also nominated for awards at film festivals in Hungary, South Korea, and Romania. Over five years, O’Shea filmed this extraordinary and unexpectedly humorous portrait of a post-conflict society, which begins when a mother takes her teenage son to be shot in both legs. The Oscar-nominated director Joshua Oppenheimer is executive producer. 30% of all profits from the sales of the film on Vimeo will go towards Northern Ireland based mental health charity MindWise.

The recent images of deserted city streets globally are particularly reminiscent of Conor Horgan’s One Hundred Mornings (Special Jury Award at the 2010 Slamdance Film Festival). Set in a world upended by a complete breakdown of society, two couples hide out in a lakeside cabin hoping to survive the crisis. Compelling in light of recent changes to how we live, sci-fi drama Rapt is set in Dublin, where, in a single instant, everyone has vanished. Paramedic and single mum Ange Smith finds herself alone in an empty world and desperate to find her way home to her baby daughter.

Further titles available include Come On Eileen, Jump (excluding UK and Ireland) and The Queen Of Ireland (limited territories), the feature documentary about renowned drag queen and accidental LGBT activist Panti Bliss.

Click here to check out Blinder Films on Vimeo On Demand.

Blinder Films understands the importance of celebrating Irish film and supporting the incredible work of Irish creatives and crew, and want to help amplify the work of other Irish companies and creatives and find ways to support the Irish Film sector. 

Blinder Films Managing Director Katie Holly said:

“This is a really uncertain time, but one that is also remarkable to behold as communities, countries and the world are coming together to support the incredible work of those on the frontlines. I know for myself, beyond friends, family and colleagues, it’s all forms of art that are getting me through. It’s a joy and privilege to work in the creative sphere and we want to do what we can for others, so that we can bounce back stronger when this pandemic passes. If you have work you want to share, fundraisers to promote or other endeavours like virtual masterclasses, festivals, watch-a-longs or whatever please email or tweet us and we will amplify your voice.”

For anyone whose income has been badly affected and who can’t afford to pay, but would still like to watch one of the titles, Blinder Films wants to help. Please drop a line to info@blinderfilms.com and they will assist.

Alan Maher on Producing
Fiona Graham on Cinematography
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