SECOND TO NONE
(7 mins, animated)
Frederick Butterfield has always been runner up to his twin brother Herman. When Herman, the older by a mere minute, becomes the world’s oldest man, Frederick finally sees an opportunity to be first place. Frederick will stop at nothing to claim the top spot in the most inventive way possible.
Directed by Vincent Gallagher | Submitted by Network Television Ireland
CHANGE IN THE WEATHER
Michael, a young man living in rural Ireland, struggles to adjust to a sudden change in his furtive lifestyle.
Directed by Muiris Crowley | Submitted by Markus Kaatsch/Network Television Ireland
CITY OF ROSES
One Halloween night in the early 1980’s a smoldering suitcase was pulled off a bonfire in west Dublin. Inside were dozens of letters that detailed the story of a young Irish immigrant. Now thirty years after that Halloween and more than 60 years after the events of the letters took place, this film tells the story of Paddy and Rose.
Paddy Fitzpatrick emigrated from Dublin to Portland, Oregon in early 1950 to find his fortune, and he often wrote home to his mother telling them all about his new life in America. And life appears to be grand – Paddy has a job he enjoys and has fallen for a lovely young girl. He even escapes the clutches of the United States Army and the Korean War, after falling ill and getting a medical discharge. But just as Paddy and his new bride, Rose, begin their life together, things take a tragic turn. Told through the actual letters written by Paddy and later, Rose, “City of Roses” is a story of love, loss, family and renewed hope.
Directed by Andrew Kavanagh | Submitted by Sarah-Jane Kelly/Kavaleer
DROP THE HAND
Comedy drama short film set among the Irish community and building sites of 1980s Reading, Berkshire.
Directed by Simon O’Neill | Submitted by Simon O’Neill
ANGEL OF 1916
(6 mins, animated)
Treehouse Republic were approached by Liam McNeive to produce a short based on the true story of his grandfather. This poignant story of war and the 1916 rising was taken from a recording made many years earlier and told by the voice of Liam Willie McNeive.
Directed by Patrick O’Callaghan | Submitted by Stephen Fagan/Treehouse Republic