Tense drama grabs best short at Fleadh

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The win­ner of the tightly con­tested Tier­nan McBride Award for best short at Gal­way Film Fleadh last Sun­day was the tense, vi­o­lent drama Martin, writ­ten, di­rected and edited by Na­tional Film School grad­u­ate Seán Brani­gan.

It fea­tures Gary Ly­don in a vivid por­trayal of an ag­gres­sive, self-de­struc­tive wreck of a man. Re­newed con­tact with his con­cerned daugh­ter (Leanne Kear­ney) of­fers a glim­mer of hope in this tight, un­com­pro­mis­ing drama set over an event­ful, as­tutely judged 15 min­utes.

The run­ner-up prize went to Juanita Wil­son’s The Door, a deeply mov­ing drama set in the af­ter­math of the 1986 Ch­er­nobyl dis­as­ter. Shot in Kiev and Minsk, this ac­com­plished film was achieved with a level of am­bi­tion matched by as­sur­ance. It was the out­stand­ing new pro­duc­tion from the Ir­ish Film Board/RTÉ Short Cuts and Short Shorts ini­tia­tives.

Other no­ta­bles in­cluded Brian Durnin’s stylish Of Best In­ten­tions, Conor Fer­gu­son’s af­fect­ing At­lantic with Liam Cun­ning­ham as a lonely farmer, and Low­land Fell, di­rected by Michael Kinirons, in which an en­counter be­tween a 17-year-old girl and two brothers builds to a mé­nage à trois.

Pro­vid­ing light re­lief were John Kennedy and Ruairí O’Brien’s en­gag­ing Hoor, in which three school­boys visit a pros­ti­tute, and Hugh O’Conor’s en­ter­tain­ing Space­men Three, with Peter McDon­ald, Michael McElhatton and Pat Shortt.

Gary Ly­don in Seán Brani­gan’s win­ning short film Martin

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