Prize catch for ‘The End of the Reel’

‘THE End of the Reel’, winner of the 2010 FilmOffaly/Filmbase award has its premiére at Birr Theatre and Arts Centre this Friday, April 29. Starring John Boland and John Colliary, the short film tells the story of the lengths Edward (John Boland) will go to reconnect with his late wife.

‘THE End of the Reel’, winner of the 2010 FilmOffaly/Filmbase award has its premiére at Birr Theatre and Arts Centre this Friday, April 29. Starring John Boland and John Colliary, the short film tells the story of the lengths Edward (John Boland) will go to reconnect with his late wife.

Shot on location in Kilcormac, Blue Ball and in Birr Theatre and Arts Centre in January 2011, Blinder Films received a warm welcome and much support from local film enthusiasts who helped out as extras.

Ailish Bracken writer and director of ‘The End of the Reel’ said, “It is always nerve wracking to see how an audience will receive a film that we have worked so hard on and invested so much energy in, especially the local audience who were involved in making the film. So we are delighted with the support so far and extremely grateful for the opportunity that this award has given us.”

Ailish and her team will now go on to submit the film for official selection at film festivals nationally and internationally.

The 2009 winner of the award Noreen continues to do well on the film festival circuit, having won best short drama at the Galway Film Fleadh, being nominated for an IFTA and won Directors Choice at the recent Washington Irish Film Festival.

The 2011 FilmOffaly Award is underway, the closing date for applications is Friday, May 6.

Chairperson of FilmOffaly, Cllr Molly Buckley said, “This award is an important part of promoting Offaly as a film friendly county and we are delighted with the extent of support that local people extend to visiting production companies. We wish Blinder Films every success with ‘The End of the Reel’ and have no doubt it will do well on the festival circuit.”

For more information on FilmOffaly and ‘The End of the Reel’ contact www.filmoffaly.ie and www.blinderfilms.ie