AN award winning short by a Portarlington film maker is programmed as part of a Local Filmmakers Showcase in Daingean next Wednesday. The screening is one of the events in the Daingean Festival and it will take place in Seery’s Pub, Daingean on July 27 at 9pm, with free admission.
The Sandeman, directed by Carla Mooney, was recently screened in The New Irish Shorts 6 programme at The Galway Film Fleadh and tells the story of how the mocking and non-belief of a local farmhand results in a chilling truth. Carla, who hails from Treascon between Monasterevan and Portarlington, has also been forging quite a career in front of the camera these last few years, with television roles in such shows as Sherlock Holmes, Spartacus and Pure Mule.
Speaking to the Offaly Express, Carla outlines the inspiration behind her first short film:
“My dad, David Mooney told me the story of The Sandeman Man,” Carla explains. “I asked him to write it down with the intention of making it into a short film. I entered the story into the Offaly Offline Film Festival competition and it got through.”
Carla made the film with the help of her family and friends, especially her good friends Ana Catarina Margarido Ferreira, Gar Daly, Paul Henderson, Ross O’Connor and Nadia Macari. The principal actor was Seymour Kenny from Birr, while the rest of the cast were non-actors who all “did an outstanding job,” according to Carla.
Carla has just returned from Iran after shooting a feature documentary called Secret of Permanency, an Irish-Iranian co-production which reveals the spiritual journey of a young girl discovering the echoes of ancient Persia through the remaining historical monuments.
Carla herself will be in attendance to introduce and lead a discussion post-screening next Wednesday in Daingean. The programme opens with Return to Roscoff, directed by another Port-born filmmaker Ken Wardrop, whose documentary His and Hers is the bestselling Irish documentary of all time.
The screening starts with a programme of subtitled, Irish language shorts Taispeántas Gearrscannáin 2011 at 7pm, to be followed by the Local Filmmakers Showcase at 9pm.