Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Fag wins an award.

Aye I know what yer all thinking with a title like that! The Fag is a film written by some wile nice Donegal and Derry people and it won and award!

Thanks to Siobhan for sending this on to me.

Donegal & Derry Artists Scoop Top Film Award

A new short film by Artists in Creative Enterprise - A Whole Handlin' Production has won the prestigious Clones Film Festival Award 2009. The Fag was filmed, edited and premiered in Clones over the weekend of 23-25 October. Donegal & Derry writers, actors and filmmakers, Pamela Brown, Abby Oliveira, Connor Kelly, Declan Birney, Anthony Nicholson and Patrick Kearney worked collectively to produce a contemporary and provocatively-themed film modelled on the old-style silent movies of Charlie Chaplin, complete with an original music score. The film was among five entries short-listed for the final competition which was judged by three esteemed filmmakers, among them Kevin Allan - Twin Town, The Big Tease, Cody Banks II. The Clones Film Festival is sponsored by Scanbitz and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. The film was praised after its premiere in a packed Lennard Arms Hotel & Cinema for its quality in terms of creativity, energy, musicality, hi-spec filming and editing, inclusion of local people, and sheer entertainment value. The film was also chosen as the festival winner by the vast majority of the 200 viewing audience who each had a vote.  The original idea for the film was conceived by Pamela Brown, a big fan of Chaplin, who from the start had in mind Derry's fast emerging and multi-talented young artist, Connor Kelly, to play the lead part. Kelly's acting and original music score, which he performed on keyboard during the film's premiere, was praised by the judges as 'superb' and 'astonishing' and spotlighted Kelly as 'a brilliantly-versatile young actor, musician and writer to look out for'. He was supported in his lead part by the other artists and some 30 local residents and visitors to Clones who willing participated in the making of the tragic-comedy film despite heavy rain and strong winds which added great intensity of mood and atmosphere to the film's natural quirky setting of Clones town, the setting also to the hugely successful book and film, The Butcher Boy. The dedicated filming and editing skills of Sligo-born, Letterkenny-based, Anthony Nicholson, ensured that The Fag was always going to be a hot contender for the competition. And after a solid 48 hours of filming and editing with very little sleep, he deservedly collected the competition's prizes on behalf of the collective. Plans are now afoot by the Clones Film Festival organisers to promote this new Irish film to other film competitions across Ireland and beyond. For further details about the film and to host viewings of it, please contact Artists in Creative Enterprise: 074 9158836 / 086 1599068 / You can also discover more about The Fag at

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