Naas man's movie screened at prestigious film festival

Conor McHugh

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Naas man's movie screened at prestigious film festival

Alan Devine and Una Kavanagh in a scene from The Gift.

A film written and co-produced by a Naas man will appear at the 2016 World of Film Festival which takes place over the weekend in Glasgow.

Paul Fitzsimons wrote the ‘The Gift’ about a man who is bereft a year after losing his wife to cancer.

The man, ‘Sean’ has decided what he must do but life gets in the way – a family who miss him, a demanding landlord, a class of uncontrollable students.

And, with his own imagination working overtime, deciding to end his own life is his latest frustration.

The festival, now in its 3rd year, will take place from September 29 to October 2 and will focus on independent cinema from all around the globe, by showcasing the work of first feature filmmakers and female directors.

The Gift will screen as part of the four-day festival program and will be considered for the ‘Best First Feature’ award.

The Gift stars Alan Devine (Veronica Guerin), Úna Kavanagh (Garage), Dawn Bradfield (Moone Boy) and comedian Brendan Grace in his first dramatic role. It was directed by Killarney film director Damian O’Callaghan.

Mr O’Callaghan wrote The Gift with Naas screenwriter Paul FitzSimons and it was filmed in and around Killarney, Co. Kerry.

The Gift will screen at 6.15pm on Saturday at the Britannia Panopticon in Glasgow.

Mr Fitzsimons, Mr O’Callaghan and some cast members are set to attend the screening and take part in a Q&A afterwards.

For more information, see ocproductions.ie