Making movies on location in Naas

Sarah Fleming and Paddy Travers.
The Moat Theatre, Naas, rolled out the red carpet on Sunday evening last as locally made short film, If Winter Comes, was premiered.

The Moat Theatre, Naas, rolled out the red carpet on Sunday evening last as locally made short film, If Winter Comes, was premiered.

The film was made at various locations in and around Naas including Killashee National School and St. Corban’s graveyard, and features familiar faces from the Moat Theatre and Naas Musical Society in lead roles and as extras.

The script was written by Paul O’Brien and directed by Paul Sheehan, both Naas, with Prosperous photographer Ger Boland behind the camera.

Starring Moat Club regular Paddy Travers as Grandfather and talented young Sarah Fleming as Amy, the movie deals with the loss a child feels when her grandfather dies. It is also a story of hope and the natural circle of life. Edited by Maura Cunningham it includes a wonderful evocative sound track composed by Naas man John Dempsey.

The evening also saw the screening of three other short films, including the acclaimed Ice Boy by Kilcullen based movie maker David Duffy.

The first movie by collaborators Paul Sheehan and Ger Boland, Ursula’s New Job, was also shown. It takes a humourous look at life for the over forties woman in the work place.

The other short movie shown on the night was a thriller Car Trouble, written and directed by Eric Courtney and staring locals, Eilish Ratterty and Brian Fortune.

Despite recessionary times, movie makers are drawing on the huge pool of talent in the county to produce excellent material. “In the age of the digital camera and editing software packages, and along with a thriving world of amateur drama in Ireland, there is a parallel world of movie makers inspired not by money but for the sheer love and wonder of it all,” said Mr. Sheehan.

And if the audience reaction on Sunday is anything to go by,they must be doing something right.