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Mark O’Connor’s gritty Irish drama Cardboard Gangsters, starring Love Hate’s John Connors, had its international premiere at the 3rd Manchester International Film recently and won three of the main awards at the festival. The film picked up Best Feature Film, Best Overall Film, and Best Actor for John Connors. It also received special jury mentions for O’Connor’s Direction and Screenplay, and for Michael Lavelle’s Cinematography.
John Connors plays Jay Connolly, a part-time DJ and low level drug dealer in Darndale, an area victimised by gangs, drugs and social problems. When his welfare is cut off he decides it’s time to enter the big leagues with his gang, in order to help settle his family’s debts. His actions attract the attention of Sean Murphy, the son of the local drug king pin, Derra Murphy, who rules Darndale with an iron fist and has no problems eliminating any potential rivals. Jay knows he’s playing a dangerous game but plans to make just enough money to settle his family’s debts, get out of Darndale, and move to Spain with his pregnant girlfriend. Events spiral out of control when Jay becomes involved with Derra’s wife, and his gang are thrust in to harm’s way, which leaves Jay with a momentous decision to exact revenge, or turn the other cheek.
Cardboard Gangsters is produced by Richard Bolger for Five Knight Films, in association with O’Connor’s Stalker Films. DoP was Michael Lavelle (Patrick’s Day). The film is funded by the BAI, Filmbase, and TV3. It will be released via Wildcard Distribution later this year.
All of the Sound, Grade and Online was completed here at at EGG.
DEAFENING – Thursday 2nd March, 10:15PM, RTE One
Deafening challenges the viewer to experience the world through the eyes of four Deaf people with uniquely different lives.
RTÉ News & Weather presenter and expectant mother of twins, Sarah Jane Moloney O’Regan loves being Deaf but despite this, she worries about what her twins will go through if they’re born Deaf and have to face the same barriers she had to work so hard to overcome. Deaf siblings, Jade and Matthew Visser, 12 and 14, share their concerns about fitting into a mainstream school, the challenges of making friends and how sparring deaf in Taekwon-do puts them at a distinct advantage. Seán Herlihy a teacher at a Deaf school in Dublin, has been to 81 countries and in any corner of the globe he can meet another Deaf person and communicate fluently in sign language. In his view, its hearing people who are at a disadvantage when it comes to travel.
Through its carefully designed sensory landscape, it challenges the audience to rethink their perception and understanding of sound. Egg’s Aza Hand did the sound design and mix on this ground breaking show.
It was produced by Anne Heffernan with Mind the Gap Films and Directed by Garry Keane and will be broadcast on RTÉ One on Thursday March 2nd at 10:15 pm.
The brilliant and twisted minds behind horror favourites The Hallow, Let Us Prey and Wake Wood bring us a new addition to their creepy catalogue of horror, feature film NAILS. Once again exploiting the fears and paranoia of modern society and terrifyingly bringing them to life. It’s sure to be a great addition to the genre.
Written and directed by Denis Bartok and produced by Brendan McCarthy and John McDonnell of Ireland’s Fantastic Films, it will have its world premier as part of The Audi Dublin Film Festival on the 20th of February.
The film centers on a happily married track coach and mother, Dana Milgrom, Shauna MacDonald from The Descent, who’s survived a near-death car accident only to find herself paralyzed and trapped inside her own body. Forced to communicate via an artificial voice program and hooked to a breathing machine, she becomes convinced that a terrifying presence called ‘Nails’ exists inside her hospital room. No one believes her—not even her own husband and doctors, who think she’s experiencing a mental breakdown.
Kaleidoscope Film Distribution will release NAILS in theaters and on VOD/SVOD in the UK and Ireland this year, exact dates to be announced.
All of the sound post production was completed here in Egg by our team. With Aza Hand designing the sound and Patrick Drummond over seeing it all. We also looked after the rushes ingest, Online editing and delivery.
Then Comes Marriage? – RTE 2 Mondays from 12th January at 9.30pm
In this brand new format, Three couples who are engaged, or thinking about it, are given the opportunity to prepare for their future life together by taking part in a crash course on relationship skills during a two-day pre-marriage boot camp at a country house. Over six episodes the pairs undergo a series of eye-opening, specially designed tests and therapies, aided by psychologist Allison Keating and psychoanalyst Ray O’Neill, tackling everything from personal finances to family planning. The opening episode features Lance West and Victoria Green from Carlow, who moved in together a week after their first date and who are trying to figure out if marriage is for them.
Our editor, Malcolm Moloney joined guest editors Pat Hodgins and Rónán Ó Muirgheasa to cut the series. We also completed all of the sound and picture post on this Independent Pictures produced show.
John Connors in America – RTE 2 Monday 16th January at 10.30pm
Filmed entirely on location in the US, this two-part series on race relations explores the reality of discrimination, poverty and violence in African-American communities. John asks why young black men are nine times more likely to be killed by the police than young men from other backgrounds and delves into the reasons behind the Black Lives Matter movement, which began in 2012 when a neighbourhood watchman was acquitted after he shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
From his success in the award winning series “Love/Hate” and critically acclaimed documentary “I am traveler” John once again brings us another fascinating programe which asks some important questions and tackles some disturbing subjects. Directed by Kim Bartley and Produced by Aoife Kavanagh for Frontline Films, we completed the sound and online editing.
This is Jobstown – TV3 9pm from 12th January 2017
In this fly-on-the-wall series, cameras spend a year with the residents of one of Ireland’s most notorious areas, Jobstown in Tallaght. For many years the area has struggled with high-unemployment, antisocial behaviour and crime. Yet, despite these challenges, most are proud to call Jobstown home. In this ambitious, observational 4 part documentary series, cameras follow local residents as they live out their everyday lives. Stories of hope and despair, triumph and disappointment, and the drama of everyday life unfold.
In the first episode airing on TV3 9pm Thursday 12th of January, we find out how a rare blood condition meant mixed martial artist Paddy Holohan had to give up his career – only for a new opportunity to arise that he could not refuse.
It’s a delight to have director Matt Leigh back in Egg and a pleasure to work with Jamie Dalton from Motive Television who produced this fascinating series. We completed all of the sound post production.
I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER screening in Irish Cinemas Now!
Finally this gem of a film is screening across Ireland! After a very successful run in film festivals all over the world and picking up numerous awards, Irish audiences will get the chance to watch this weird and wonderful tale on the big screen. A refreshing horror film to balance all that pesky Christmas cheer.
This deliciously dark tale stars Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) as John Wayne Cleaver, a serial Killer obsessed teenager who battles his own terrible urges everyday until he finds himself up against a real killer tormenting his small town. He must unleash his inner demons to hunt and stop this monster but will he be able to keep control once his dark side is out?
Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, The Adams Family) and Laura Fraser (breaking Bad) also star. The Grade, Sound Design, Sound Mix, VFX and Online were all completed here at Egg. BAFTA nominated Billy O’Brien directed. He also adapted the screen play from the cult hit novel by Dan Wells.
The film was produced by Nick Ryan, Robbie Ryan, and Billy O’Brien of Floodland Pictures alongside The Tea Shop and Film Company’s (Tower Block) James Harris and Mark Lane. With funding by the Irish Film Board, Quickfire Films and The Fyzz Facility.
Read this great review from my favourite critic Mark Kermode Review
Another 4 star review plus you can find which cinema near you it is playing in.
The Crossing RTE 1 Monday 9th December 9.35pm
With unprecedented access, The Crossing tells the story of one month in the LÉ Samuel Beckett’s deployment in the southern Mediterranean. It shows the reality for both the crew and the migrants as their worlds meet in the middle of the sea, often in the most difficult of circumstances.
This powerful, at times harrowing but must see documentary was produced by RTE and edited by Egg’s Senior Editor Guy Montgomery, with all of the post production completed here.
Madraí na nGael
TG4 Tuesdays 8pm
A must see for dog lovers, Madraí na nGeal is a six part documentary telling the story of our nine native breeds of dog: Irish Wolfhounds, Kerry Beagles, Irish Setters, Irish Red and White Setters, Irish Water Spaniels, Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Irish Glen of the Imaals, Kerry Blues and Irish Terriers. We discover the stories of our Irish dog breeds, meeting Irish dog owners and experts. We will find out how and why they were bred through archive and dramatic reconstructions from Irish history, myths and legends.
Ripple World Pictures produced the series. We hosted Editor Ronán Ó Muirgheasa and the rest of the post was completed here.
If you missed any episodes of this delightful series, they are available on TG4 player.