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IFTA Film and Drama Nominations 2017

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There is great excitement here in Egg at the moment with the announcement of the IFTA Film and Drama nominations. We are thrilled that our sound team led by Patrick Drummond and Aza Hand were nominated for Best Sound for Lorcan Finnegan’s horror thriller Without Name.
Describing itself as a psychotropic faery story, the film follows a land surveyor (Alan McKenna) on assignment to measure an ancient forest for a developer but soon looses his reason in a supernatural environment that has it’s own plans.He finds himself disturbed and beguiled by the strange silhouette that moves amongst its trees.
Having already screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, London Film Festival and the Dublin International Film Festival to name a few it has been gathering a lot of attention and brilliant reviews. So Congratulations to Lorcan Finnegan, Lovely productions and everyone involved. Its great that all this emerging talent is getting the recognition it deserves.
Well done to EGG’s sound team Aza Hand, Patrick Drummond, Colm Mullally, Katie O’Mahony and Colm Finnegan for the nomination. We’ll be rooting for them on the night! Hopefully this year will be their year!
Berlin based M-Appeal acquired the world sales rights so it will screen in main stream cinemas soon.
Congratulations also to Love and Friendship which has received 4 nominations including Best Film. We had the pleasure of working with Oscar winning director Whit Stillman when the film was in production here last year. It went on to be one of highest grossing films in Ireland of 2016.
And last but not least well done to I Am Not A Serial Killer for its nomination. The Irish American co production starring Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) and movie legend Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future) and produced by Floodland Pictures is out on DVD and VOD and is worth hunting down if you missed it.

Cardboard Gangsters cleans up at Manchester International Film Festival

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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.

 

NAILS

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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.

John Connors in America: Race Matters

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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.

I Am Not A Serial Killer

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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.
Review & Where its on!

Without Name premieres at Tiff this week

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Lorcan Finnegans horror thriller Without Name is quickly gathering a lot of positive attention. It will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this week followed by a screening in the London Film Festival in October. Berlin based M-Appeal has acquired the world sales rights so chances are that it will hit a cinema near you soon. A blend of psychological horror and supernatural thriller, the anticipation is building for this dark brooding film. Here are a few things that have been said about it already
“Through its carefully-constructed cinematography and sound, ‘Without Name’s’ outstanding element is not only the suspenseful spiral that the main character takes, but how nature, in all its creepiness, becomes a protagonist in its own right,” Maren Kroymann, CEO of M-Appael.
“Shot with an uncanny eye for the fantastic, and boasting a truly ominous sound design, this sensory experience upholds the long tradition of the rural gothic, transforming the natural environment into a portentous landscape which is at once hypnotic, terrifying and, ultimately, somewhat trippy.” Michael Blyth
Our award winning sound team, Aza Hand, Patrick Drummond, Colm Mullally, Katie O’Mahony and Colm Finnegan created and mixed all of the sound.

Love and Friendship

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Love and Friendship
“Love and Frienship” the fifth film from Oscar winning director Whit Stilman is in cinemas now and is proving very popular with audiences and critics alike. Drawing from Jane Austens two early works, “Lady Vernon” and “Love and Friendship” Stillman wrote and directed the comedy which stars Kate Beckinsale, Oscar Nominated Chloe Sevigny and Stephen Fry. The acclaimed cinematographer Richard Van Oosterhout, a good friend of Eggs from The Legend of Longwood , was DOP and got us involved in the post on this exciting project. With the entire film having been shot in Ireland We handled the assembly edit with editor Sophie Corra and processed the rushes.
Set in the 1790s, Love and Friendship centers on beautiful widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst there, she plots, schemes and manipulates to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica, with hilarious results.

I Am Not A Serial Killer

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I Am Not A Serial Killer will have its world premiere in the prestigious SXSW Film Festival on March 13th and will screen in the festival until the 19th of March. Fifteen-year old John Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it. He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. Terrible impulses constantly tempt him, so for his own sake, and the safety of those around, he lives by rigid rules to keep himself “good” and “normal”. However, when a real monster shows up in his town he has to let his dark side out in order to stop it – but without his rules to keep him in check, he might be more dangerous than the monster he’s trying to kill. This deliciously dark tale is directed by BAFTA nominated Billy O’Brien who also adapted the screenplay from the novel by Dan Wells. The Grade, Sound Design, Sound Mix, VFX and Online were all completed here at Egg.
Max Records (Where the Wild Thigs Are) plays the lead role while Christopher Lloyd (Back to theFuture, The Adams Family) and Laura Fraser (breaking Bad) also star. The film is being 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.
Funding is provided by the Irish Film Board, Quickfire Films and The Fyzz Facility.

Little Grey Fergie

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The charming children’s entertainment figure Little Grey Fergie, the tractor with a heart and soul, is coming to the big screen. Based on the legendary TE20 Massey Ferguson tractor, Fergie has been a huge hit in Norway for nearly 20 years, entertaining thousands of Norwegian children. Fergie, who has his own Youtube channel with over 120 million views, encourages children to have a voice and to learn about the world in which we live.
The first of three films, “Country Fun” has just been released in Norway showing in 192 cinemas nation wide. The Egg team are currently working away on the next two Fergie movies that are set to be released in 2017.
We look forward to seeing this darling show on the big screen and we hope you do to! Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
All of the films are an Irish/ Norweigan co-production. Little Grey Fergie was produced by Jacqueline Kerrin, Dominic Wright, Silje Hopland Eik, Dyveke Graver for Ripple World Pictures and Cinenord Kidstory. It was directed by Peder Hamdahl Næss. Funding was provided by Norwegian Film Institute, VestNorsk Filmcentre, FilmKraft, MEDIA Creative Europe, Fond for Lyd Og Bilde, Nordic Film & TV Fund, and the Irish Producer tax credit.