Offaly film sparks awards buzz in Los Angeles

The film was premiered last summer

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Offaly film sparks awards buzz in Los Angeles

Degnan Geraghty, who plays Grandad, and Isabel Connolly, during the filming of 'A Timely Gift'. Photo: Kenneth Cassidy

An Offaly short film has been setting tongues wagging and receiving a series of award nominations across the Atlantic.

The short film ‘A Timely Gift’, directed by Offaly man Padraic Keane, has been selected for the First Glance Film Festival in LA.

It stars young Isabel Connolly from Kildare, and she has been nominated as ‘Best Young Actor’ at the independent film festival.

The film was shot in Offaly early last year and received its premiere in July. Isabel is a familiar face to Irish audiences as she starred in an Expressway TV commercial in 2016. She and her sister Ruby also appear on billboards in the Dublin Airport departure lounge.

The film’s lead Degnan Geraghty has also been nominated as ‘Best Actor’ at the festival. The 22-minute long film is about a woman suffering from amnesia who receives a gift left for her by her grandfather before he died. This gift could be the key to remembering her past. 

Director Padraic Keane predicts great things for nine-year-old Isabel. “She was brilliant. She’s going to be a future star, I’ve no doubt,” he said.

The cast also includes Jane Walsh (Fay and Janine Hardy (Claire).

The film was shot over the course of four long autumn and winter days and features stunning cinematography showcasing two of Offaly’s hidden gems: Belmont Mill & Artist Studios along the banks of the river Brosna, and Pallas Lake, nestled away on outskirts of Blue Ball.

Paireac Keane of Time Flow Films, who also co-produced the film alongside Grainne Carey and James Fagan, told the Offaly Express that the budget for the film (€10,000+) was raised through a combination of self-finance and the Arts Act Grant Scheme.

“Raising the finance to produce the film was a challenge, but I believe the the monies raised is very much reflected in the quality of the production,” Keane said.

Paireac, who works as a self-employed video producer, said the film, which was a year in the making, could not have been produced without the hard work and dedication of a highly motivated cast and crew.

"The film took over a year to make, and a lot of hard work. The experience on set was amazing, one we all thoroughly enjoyed and it was great to see the production so well supported by local people and businesses,” he commented.

"The location, Belmont Mill, is truly magical and I hope this film does it justice. You can really sense the history there, and we were very thankful to the owners, Tom Boland and Sandy Lloyd, for allowing us to shoot there. They could not have been more accommodating.”

“Landowners Paul and Marie Rigney were also very supportive in allowing us to shoot on their land overlooking the picturesque Pallas Lake,” Keane continued.

For more information relating to the film this festival and awards season, you can visit 'A Timely Gift' on Facebook.

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