‘THE FERRY’ DE­BUTS IN GAL­WAY

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

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’.

Niall McKay.

Marissa Aroy.

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