Short films to get New Year screening at Alley Theatre

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Short films to get New Year screening at Alley Theatre thumbnailMichael Lafferty, director and Chris Mullan, producer, toast the success of their two short-films which premiered at Eclipse Cinema, Lifford Strabane.

A STRABANE man has big plans for two short films which have just premiered at Eclipse Cinemas, Lifford/Strabane.

'Troubled Mind' and 'The Murder Game' are the culmination of months of planning and work by local amateur filmmaker, Michael Lafferty, and his production team.

Known collectively as the 'Strabane Short Film Project', the films were conceived, written and directed by Michael over the course of the summer months.

Each film was shot on location throughout Strabane and district and featured a host of local acting talent.

Last Sunday, the films debuted to a local audience at the cinema but Michael has much bigger plans.

Michael said: "Initially the project started out with three films but due to the money we had, I went with the two. Everything happens for a reason and I believe these were the right two to go with.

"I'm absolutely 100 per cent proud of the films and I'm very satisfied with how they've turned out, particularly with the limited budget.

"It was hard work and it took a lot of commitment and to see the finished product is great. Of course, as with any filming project, there will be the odd mistake or two but it won't take away from the overall package.

"I had a great team working with me including producer Chris Mullan and Ronan Doherty who provided the music. Ronan was superb and did a really great job in creating the music. It was exceptional. The cast and crew have been amazing throughout."

He continued: "I've already submitted the films to a few festivals so the big hope is to take them on tour. I did the film festival with 'End of the Line' in 2008 but hopefully I'll do it better this time around now that I've more experience under my belt."

Michael expects to hear whether his submission to the Belfast Film Festival is successful in the New Year while there are plans to take the films to other festivals in America, the UK and Ireland.


"Once I hear back on the submissions, I'll provide updates on our Facebook page. So, it's fingers crossed!"

The Strabane man is no stranger to creating films. Having studied Media and Moving Image at the North West Institute, he decided to pursue a career in filmmaking.

He has already had a short film that he made in Strabane back in 2008 called 'End of the Line'.

It went on to win 'Best International Screenplay in a Short Film' at a the Los Angeles venue of the New York Independent Film and Video Festival.

Following last week's successful premiere and "amazing response" to the films next up is a screening at the Alley Theatre.

"The Alley Theatre approached us about a screening. To have an entire show at the local theatre of my work is amazing. I'm chuffed so hopefully anybody who missed out on the premiere can come along to that in January," he added.

'Troubled Mind' tells the story of Peter, a young man whose life is plunged into turmoil after he loses someone close to him.

Seeing no way to move on Peter has to decide whether he can come to terms with his situation or will his lose completely consume him. It stars Andy Body, Riana Lynch and Nicola Boyle.

Elsewhere, Martin is a father who will discover how far he will go when his daughter is kidnapped and he is forced to play 'The Murder Game'.

Now an unwilling pawn in a gangster's twisted plot for revenge, Martin will find himself confronted with a choice for his daughters life or that of a friend's, that he will have to take himself. It stars Martin McGrinder, Dermot O'Brien and Edward Flangan.

Tickets for the shows on Saturday, January 21 at the Alley are priced at 7 and are available now. Get in touch with the theatre to grab yours!

Future updates on the project will be posted on the Facebook page entitled, 'The Strabane Short Film Project'.


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