‘THE FERRY’ DEBUTS IN GALWAY
A short film shot around Shillelagh and Tinahely had its premiere at Galway Film Fleadh on last Friday.
‘The Ferry’ is a short mystery and heartfelt drama that explores the themes of secrecy, family, loss and regeneration set against the backdrop of the mother and baby homes in small town Ireland.
The story describes the events that follow when Aoife searches for her birth mother and sets off a series of events that brings three women together in a search for the truth.
The short film features performances from actors Aoife Duffin (Moone Boy), Deirdre Donnelly (Ballykissangel) and Clodagh Bowyer, (Bloomsday on Broadway) who are supported by Rosaleen Linahan, Gus McDonagh, and John Olohan.
Wicklow native Niall McKay filmed the short film in and around the area where he and his wife Marissa Aroy now live. The couple are both Emmy-winning producers and directors.
‘We came to the film while researching a documentary about adoption some years ago and it has always interested me that men were never mentioned in the context of mother and baby homes,’ said director Niall McKay.
‘Not as fathers, not as doctors, and not as the family members who often put women in these homes.’
Aoife Duffin, Clodagh Bowyer and Deirdre Donnelly in a scene from ‘The Ferry’.