Lyndzi’s pigeon racing film ‘Wait’ wins top award
SHORT FILM PRODUCED BY BRAY WOMAN DOING WELL ON FESTIVAL CIRCUIT
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.