Nenagh Silent Film Festival Update

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Nenagh Silent Film Festival is now cancelled for the prearranged dates during February and will be deferred to a later date during the year. A post announcing the new date will appear HERE when that decision is made, so keep following our posts. I will still continue to post on the Nenagh Silent Film Festival Blog Website!

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Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee

 

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Short Film: Dirty Money

Here’s a short silent film with Nenagh SIlent Film Festival Friend and Fair City actor Bryan Murray, which was directed by Kevin McGee. Let’s see if we can get it up to a thousand views.

 

Press Release: The Ballsbridge Poisoner

The Ballsbridge Poisoner

[PHOTO: At the Official Launch of the Offline Film Festival. L to R: Kevin McGee, Enda Oates, Film Board Chairman Bill O’Herlihy, Festival Director Gary Hoctor.]

FESTIVAL TRIUMPH FOR NENAGH FILM-MAKER

A film by Nenagh native Kevin McGee has been selected for three prestigious festivals in one month. The Ballsbridge Poisoner, which Kevin wrote and produced, was one of fifteen films chosen from almost 300 entries in the OffLine Festival. It will also highlight the Clones Film Festival and the International Short Film Festival in Dublin, where it has been nominated for Best Film and Best Actress.

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Kevin is thrilled by the success of the film, an Irish-English co-production starring Eimear Morrissey (Damo and Ivor), Enda Oates (Fair City’s Pete Ferguson), and the renowned Beckett interpreter Sara Jane Scaife. Despite the international crew, the film is something of an underdog on the festival circuit.

The Ballsbridge Poisoner Crew 1“We had no budget at all. Most of us are freelancers, so we’ve all felt the effects of the recession. That means free time, so we decided to take advantage of that and make something for ourselves. It’s fantastic that the film has also resonated with other people.”

Part of the reason is its topicality: “It’s about an office worker who is fighting against redundancy. She uses her wit and her intelligence to escape the chop. It’s a story people can identify with.”

Eimear MorrisseyDespite the title and the grim topic, the Ballsbridge Poisoner is a light-hearted affair. Kevin goes onto say that: “We wanted to say something about the downturn, but it had to be a comedy. If people want to be depressed they can turn on the News.”

The film was shot over two weekends in Dublin, with a crew of nearly thirty. Friends and family were drafted in to help. Kevin’s wife Brigie did the catering, and cousin Charlie McGee stepped in as Assistant Director. The key member of the team was the celebrated director Clive Arnold.

“Once we got Clive on board,” Kevin says, “we knew we could do it.” Clive was fresh from his success with the Bafta-winning live episode of Eastenders, so he a serious draw. His generosity was also an inspiration.

 The Ballsbridge Poisoner Crew 2[L to R: Producer and Writer – Kevin McGee, Director – Clive Arnold & Cameraman – John Fay]

“When Clive found that everyone was working for nothing, he turned down the fee. He paid for his own flights. He paid for his hotel. He’d hardly even take a cup of coffee. He’s a class act.”

The Ballsbridge Posioner 3Enda Oates is Watching!

Does Kevin have any plans for a follow-up? “First we have to follow the festival trail with this one. Three appearances in four weeks is something special, but we want to take it outside Ireland too. We’re hoping for a New York premiere early next year.”

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In the meantime, Kevin and Charlie are back at work on the Nenagh Silent Film Festival, which is due to take place on St Valentine’s weekend. Kevin states that:“We’ll be launching the programme later this year. The committee will kill me if I let anything slip, but it’s going to be special. Even better that than last year.” -END

Republished Book: Scorned

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A bit of news concerning one of the festival committee members. Michael McGee, Chairman of the Nenagh Silent Film Festival and author of the novel Scorned, has announced that the novel Scorned has now being re-released as an eBook in the Amazon Kindle Store. The same book will also be available on other eBook platforms like Smashwords in the coming days. This is a re-edited version of Scorned and the cover has also being changed. The novel can be reached on Amazon Kindle by clicking the image above. Watch out for an Anthology of Short Stories coming soon also!

Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee

Tony Winward Production

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Tony Winward, who is one of our Great Supporters, has posted the following production on Youtube: http://youtu.be/BQRGIJcx1Qc. A Trip of the Mind is well worth viewing and we are delighted to highlight this for Tony. If anyone else out there has any productions you want the Nenagh Silent Film Festival Social Network, please contact us and send us a link! We’d be only too delighted to help promote our supporters!

Charlie’s Sunday Quote

Charlie Chaplin in City Lights

My pain may be the reason for somebody’s laugh. But my laugh must never be the reason for somebody’s pain.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

Another classic Charlie Chaplin quote for your enjoyment, plus a classic short that I found on Youtube. If anyone has a favorite Charlie Chaplin piece or quote or anything, just use the Comment box below and drop us a line.

The planning for next year’s Nenagh Silent Film Festival is well under way and we have already received several silent shorts from around the world that we will be screening during Nenagh Silent Film Festival 2014, so here’s a call to add to our growing list of modern silent productions. If you have a silent short and you want to have this screened at the Nenagh Silent Film Festival 2014, please contact us at nenaghsilentfilmfestival@gmail.com.

Bye for now!

Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee

Why Nenagh – Historical Trail (1)

So this week, as promised, we are going to look at some places that are well worth going to see when in and around Nenagh town. In fact there is so much to see and do, I’ve decided to divide them up. That way I can do six this week on, lets say, History, and in a few weeks time when I come back to this topic, I can concentrate on six sporting organizations, or six organizations connected to the arts, and so on. So, what six historical features in and around Nenagh are well worth visiting:

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Okay, well top of the list would of course have to be the Nenagh Castle, or what’s left of it. But don’t let that put your off. The unique Nenagh round keep was part of a castle that was built around 1200 by Theobald Walter (1st Baron Butler) and was completed by his son around 1220. Down through the centuries the castle was attacked and demolished until we have what remains today. In recent times the castle has been renovated and is now a museum with several floors, with the original staircase which will take visitors right to the top where there is a viewing platform. Well worth a visit.

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Across from the Nenagh Castle is the old Jail gatehouse and the Governor’s  House. There are loads of history connected to these two buildings, aside from the fact that they are now house the Nenagh Heritage Centre. Even the gatehouse has an unwelcome piece of history attached to it in relation to the scene of execution of the Cormack Brothers back in the 1800’s. So when you’re in Nenagh, why not drop into the Heritage Centre and learn all about Nenagh’s history.

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The Nenagh Franciscan Friary is situated in the centre of the town and it dates back to the 12th century when it may have been founded by a Butler during the reign of Henry III of England. The friary became the main Franciscan friary of the West of Ireland and it was at that time one of the richest religious houses in Ireland. The Annuals of Nenagh were written in the Nenagh Franciscan Friary.

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Just outside the town at Tyone, the Butlers founded the medieval Priory and hospital of St. John the Baptist. This has fallen into ruin, but there is a surviving east gable of the priory still standing. Local legend states that a tunnel exists between this priory and the Nenagh Franciscan Friary in the town.

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The Nenagh Court House dates from 1843 and it was built to the design of John B. Keane. A splendid building, it is still in use today after it was modernized and refurbished a few years back. it isn’t the first court house in Nenagh as there was a previous one in Sarsfield Street, which isn’t standing anymore.

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There was at one time a main workhouse in Nenagh that was situated where the Nenagh Hospital now stand today. There were a number of other workhouses in the town, but this was the main building. During the Potato Famine in Ireland, sheds and sleeping galleries were erected to accommodate an additional 260 inmates. In 1847, a 70-bed fever hospital was erected at the east of the site. There is a Famine graveyard that is situated to the rear of Nenagh hospital and this tragic spot can be visited at any time.

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Last but not least we have to mention Rex Ingram. The building where he lived is still standing and in fact a thriving business is run from the premises. A specially commissioned plaque by the Nenagh Silent Film Festival was erected on the front of the building during the inaugural Nenagh Silent Film Festival. The building is situated across from the local post office.

Apologies for the delay in posting this week. As you can see there are plenty of historical features to see in and around Nenagh town, but there is so much more besides. Next week I’ll look at famous athletes that are connected to Nenagh, but if you want to add to these posts in any way, please do post a comment below, or sign up onto Contact Us page. Also, don’t forget that July 21st in closing in on us rapidly, so if you want to be in with a chance of winning one of our jackets, get your name on the list on the Supporters & Sponsors page by signing up the Contact Us form.

Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee