Lyn­dzi’s pi­geon rac­ing film ‘Wait’ wins top award


Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

PI­GEON fancier Bren­dan McCann al­lowed his Wolfe Tone loft to be used for the mak­ing of the short film ‘Wait’, pro­duced by Bray woman Lyn­dzi Doyle.

The film is on the fes­ti­vals cir­cuit and re­cently won the Fast­net Film Fes­ti­val top award for Best Film and Best Direc­tion.

Lyn­dzi worked with di­rec­tor Au­drey O’Reilly on ‘Wait’, and the sub­ject was one very close to her heart.

‘My fa­ther Bren­dan and un­cles Warren and Alan Doyle are all award-win­ning pi­geon rac­ers from Bray,’ said Lyn­dzi. ‘ They have raced pi­geons for as long as I can re­mem­ber. This short meant so much to me be­cause of my fam­ily’s in­volve­ment. It is a great pas­sion of theirs. It brings them to­gether and it’s a sur­pris­ingly so­cial and com­mu­nal sport.’

In ‘Wait’, when an im­por­tant pi­geon race and a rare visit home by his son co­in­cide, Char­lie waits to see if each will make it safely home.

The film stars Owen Rowe ( Vik­ings, Penny Dread­ful), and Rory Keenan (Peaky Blinders, The Broth­ers Grimsby).

A na­tive of Glen­lu­can on Kil­lar­ney Road, Lyn­dzi now goes wher­ever the job takes her. She has worked as a free­lance pro­ducer all of the world - Lon­don (Mis­fits), Cardiff (The Bas­tard Ex­e­cu­tioner) and now in Malaysia. Her next job will be Toronto Canada. Her col­league on ‘Wait’, Au­drey O’Reilly, wrote and di­rected the film. Au­drey is from Cork but lives in Paris. Lyn­dzi was in­flu­enced to go into the film in­dus­try by Bar­bara Don­nelly of Don­nolly School of Dance. ‘She is one of the most tal­ented dancers and chore­og­ra­phers in Ire­land. She is a role model to me, she is fam­ily.

‘ There was al­ways mu­sic and danc­ing in her home. She had a great in­flu­ence on me growing up. This prompted my cre­ativ­ity, which then moved into my ca­reer in film pro­duc­tion. It is ex­cit­ing to work in film. As I’m free­lance, the ma­jor­ity of jobs I am on are in new locations and I’m con­stantly work­ing with new cast and crew.’

The pro­ducer is re­spon­si­ble for the over­all con­trol of ev­ery as­pect of a film’s pro­duc­tion. They bring to­gether and ap­prove the whole pro­duc­tion team. The pro­ducer is ac­count­able for the suc­cess of the fin­ished film. They steer the film from be­gin­ning to com­ple­tion and be­yond.

Work­ing all over the world means a lot of time away from home, but Lyn­dzi looks for­ward to a win­ter break in Bray ev­ery year.

‘I get home ev­ery Christ­mas. It’s re­ally the only break I have in my film­ing sched­ule. It’s the only time in the in­dus­try peo­ple take a col­lec­tive break so film­ing stops for the hol­i­days no mat­ter what TV se­ries or film I am work­ing on.’

Her fa­ther Bren­dan and step-mother Jac­inta run the Wick­low Home­less Five Loaves project in Bray, while her mother Lil­lian Daw­son is a teacher. They are from the Daw­son fam­ily which owned the amuse­ments for­merly lo­cated on the seafront, es­tab­lished by Lyn­dzi’s great-grand­par­ents Lil­lian and Jerry Daw­son. ‘My fam­ily are very sup­port­ive of my work and un­der­stand I need to travel and be away from home to fur­ther my ca­reer.

‘I have film in the genes. My grand­mother Katie Daw­son was a hair dresser in film and TV un­til she passed away in 1982. She worked a lot with Roger Moore and on shows like Step­toe and Son. My aun­tie Siob­han McCarty is a well known ac­tress. She mainly works on Broad­way. She has acted in Holby City, Bad Girls, and she has worked in theatre with An­drew Lloyd Web­ber and starred along side Elaine Page and David Es­sex on Broad­way.’

Lyn­dzi is cur­rently work­ing in pro­duc­tion on a new com­edy TV se­ries for Chan­nel 4 and TNT, cur­rently based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

‘We are film­ing around Malaysia, China, Viet­nam and Nepal,’ she said. ‘ The se­ries is writ­ten by Tom Bas­den, whose pre­vi­ous cred­its in­clude Fresh Meat, The Wrong Mans, and Plebs. Pro­ducer Tim Whitby (Shame­less) and Di­rec­tor Jonathan van Tulleken (Mis­fits, Top Boy), com­plete an im­pres­sive team. An­other of Lyn­dzi’s films, ‘ This is My Son’ just won sil­ver in the LA Film Re­view In­de­pen­dent Film Awards.

ABOVE: Ac­tor Owen Rowe as ‘Char­lie’. RIGHT: Pro­ducer Lyn­dzi Doyle from Bray.

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