Film with Kildare links up for award

A short film with Kildare connections, has seen off thousands of international competitors to be nominated in both the Music & Entertainment and The People’s Lovie Award at the prestigious Lovie Awards in London on 13 November.

A short film with Kildare connections, has seen off thousands of international competitors to be nominated in both the Music & Entertainment and The People’s Lovie Award at the prestigious Lovie Awards in London on 13 November.

Cuckoo, a 28-minute online drama that was originally part of RTÉ’s renowned Storyland series, features Leixlip actor, Orla Gildea. It was also recently nominated for the Best Online Drama award at the Webby awards. The Music & Entertainment section will be judged by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, alongside actor and presenter Stephen Fry, musician Imogen Heap and Tweetdeck founder and CEO Iain Dodsworth.

Orla is delighted.

“We are in first place at the moment so fingers crossed,” she said last week.

Voting takes place until 10 October at www.lovieawards.eu.

It’s been a busy few months for Cuckoo, with screenings at the Marseilles webfest last week and upcoming slots at the Geneva International Film Festival. It stars Pagan McGrath as wild teenager Niamh Keegan, who recognises herself in a digitally ‘aged’ picture of a missing child. Also appearing are IFTA winner Denise McCormack (Love/Hate) and Brian Fortune (Game of Thrones).

Orla plays the part of Niamh Keegan’s mom. She has been living in Riverdale for the past twenty three years and runs weekly Speech and Drama classes in Leixlip Parish Centre, Leixlip Youth and Community Centre Confey and in the Mill Celbridge. The Creative Arts Therapist also completed an MA in Dramatherapy at NUI Maynooth.