Photo City Screening.

Last week as part of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival we had the Irish premiere of ‘Photo City’ the film I co-directed with Traolach Ó Murchú. The film played to a full house and it went down a storm. We were delighted with the reaction the film got and are looking forward to the next part of its adventure!

Here is some of the best reaction to the film from twitter

Here are a few photos of me from the night.

 

Crash and Burn screens at Cork Film Festival

If you are in Cork today, check out Crash & Burn in The Gate Cinema at 3.45pm. Screening as part of the Cork Film Festival the film charts how Dundalk-born Tommy Byrne went from driving a Mini Cooper in stock-car racing to the big-time in Formula One in a little over four years and for a fleeting moment in the 80s was the best driver in the world and a serious rival of Ayrton Senna’s. Tommy himself will be attending today and will take part in a post screening Q&A. One to catch if you can!

Tommy Byrne, the equivalent of George Best and Muhammad Ali of the 80’s motor racing scene and subject of upcoming five-star film Crash & Burn will also attend a number of preview screenings around the country ahead of the film’s release on 2ndDecember.

Tommy, who now lives in the US will travel back to Ireland to attend a number of special screenings and take part in Q&A’s with the film’s director in Cork, Dundalk, Dublin and Galway.

Tommy’s rise was meteoric and his fall spectacular.  He was a cocky, aggressive driver from humble roots and the F1 glitterati simply didn’t like the mix. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Seán Ó Cualáin, the documentary shines a light on one of professional racing’s most dashing and charismatic talents and a glittering career that was doomed before it ever began.  It is the story of the greatest F1 driver never to emerge.

Tickets are now available for the special screenings and Q&A’s.  Here are the details:

CORK – Saturday 19th November, Gate Cinema

The film will screen as part of the Cork Film Festival and tickets can be purchased through the festival website

DUNDALK – Thursday 1st December, Omniplex Dundalk

Tommy will head back to the town where he grew up and started his driving career.  Tickets for this event can be purchased on the Omniplex Dundalk website. 

DUBLIN – Friday 2nd December, Irish Film Institute

A special opening night screening of the film will take place in the IFI in Temple Bar.  Tickets can be purchased through the IFI website

GALWAY – Wednesday 7th December, The Eye Cinema

Crash & Burn’s director Seán Ó Cualáin will attend this screening and take part in a Q&A.  Tickets for this event can be purchased on The Eye Cinema website.

The film was produced by David Burke Dot TV & Film with funding from the Irish Film Board, RTE and BBC Northern Ireland.

Mondello Park are hosting a special screening of the film on 1st December ahead of the film’s release on 2nd December. A limited number of tickets are on sale now on the ODEON Cinemas Ireland website with a special introduction before the movie. Don’t miss out on seeing this incredible biopic for it’s only showing in Kildare. Get your tickets here http://bit.ly/2f8j3XP

Tommy was profiled in the Irish Independent earlier this week by Vincent Hogan, you can read that piece here

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Mattress Men OPENS TODAY

 

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Today is the big day, Mattress Men is finally available for Irish audiences to see after its successful trips to HotDocs in Toronto and to Sheffield DocFest. Its on today and all this week in the Lighthouse, the IFI, The Eye Cinema Galway, movies at Dundrum and in Swords and coming to other cinemas after that. Its also available on demand from Virgin media and from Volta.ie

I’m really hoping people get out and support the film as I’m ridiculously proud to have cut and to be associated with it. I think its really a special film, a unique picture of a Dublin rarely seen and an endearing tale of friendship that’ll make you laugh and make you cry. Colm Quinn, the films director has a unique skill at building a level of trust and empathy which is reflected back in the honesty and openness with which the films subjects Mick and Paul approached their story. It was a privilege to work with Colm on the film, one of the best and most challenging creative working experiences I’ve ever had. Honestly, I hope I’ll get to work on films as good as this again but if I don’t I’ll be happy to know that this film is out there.

Now of course I have a slightly biased opinion on this, I did spend six months cutting the film and have a lot emotional capital invested in its success. Not everyone is going to like it, that is true but thus far the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. Lets take a look…

★★★★ The Irish Times

“A very humane story about poverty, ambition and everyday struggle. Mattress Men feels like an essential snapshot of an ignored urban sector. Buy, buy, buy before all the tickets are gone!” – Donald Clarke

★★★★ Entertainment.ie

“A charming and uplifting documentary, this one is a real surprise. Bursting with heart, this touching and funny story will warm the cockles.” – Gavin Burke

★★★★ Scannain.com

“Mattress Men is a terrific and ultimately quite moving film that shows how austerity eats at the soul of people who we don’t generally see on screen. The direction by Quinn is light and the editing brings a fluid story together with both grace and a grin. Highly recommended.” – Jason Coyle

★★★★ Movies.ie

Mattress Men tells the story of the Irish recession and the devastating effect it had and still has on the country but it is hard not to root for the plucky, charming and flawed people at the heart of this film. – Brogen Hayes

Film Ireland

“This story is as human as it gets, Colm Quinn’s film is more than the success story of a salesman turned internet star/national treasure, it’s a warm and familiar story of nationhood and success” – Grace Corry

And heres just a sample of what some people have been saying online about the film

 

So you know get out there and go see the film in your cinema, bring your friends and all that.

Mattress Men takes Toronto

Last week, I went over to Toronto for the Hot Docs Film Festival where the film I spent last year cutting ‘Mattress Men’ had its world premiere. Among everything else it also provided me with an opportunity to take a bit of a break and to visit Canada for the first time. The week away was a great success and the film went down an absolute storm.

The week started with Máire and I attending a really fun literary event on Bloor Street near where we were staying while the director Colm Quinn and the producer David Clarke making a somewhat unique appearance on morning television promoting the film.

The film played three times over the course of the festival, each screening was different and memorable in its own right. The first screening took place in the beautiful surroundings of the Hart House Theatre right in the middle of the city’s University. Despite everyone being nervous about attracting a crown on a Tuesday evening at 9:45 we ended up getting a great crowd down and the audience did what they were supposed to, they laughed, they cried and gave the film a great reception after. No matter how confident you are in a film, you never know how it’ll go down until you put in front of an audience and it couldn’t have gone much better.

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The second screening was in the TIFF Lightbox where so much of the festival was based, this screening played to a full house of over 300 people who once again all loved it. The stars of the film were genuinely touched by all the positivity towards them and to the film. There was a que of people after wanting their photo taken with Brian the Mattress Man. This was a screening unlike other I had experienced in my career thus far. Its something I won’t forget in a while.

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The third screening was a bit further out in a really cool district on the Friday night. It was again a full house and we were all a bit more ‘relaxed’ going into the film. It turns out the film is even funnier and more emotional when you’ve had a few jars. I also had the best burger of my life just prior to the screening but thats a different story. Seriously, that burger.

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The rest of the week was taken up with catching some great documentaries, exploring a really great city with Máire and just taking it easy. Heading to Niagara Falls with Mattress Mick and the crew is a memory I will cherish. We had a total blast.

Here’s what some of the reviews of the film looked like.
Toronto Film Scene said…
“Most people will probably go into Mattress Men expecting some hearty laughs based on its premise, and while they’ll get just that, they’ll also probably be surprised by how moving it all is. It’s the most unexpected tearjerker of the festival.”

And here are what some of the public had to say about it.

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Mattress Men to Premiere at HotDocs in Toronto

So yesterday it was announced that ‘Mattress Men’, the feature documentary I spent a large part of last year editing for director Colm Quinn will have its world premiere at North America’s largest documentary film festival, HotDocs.

The film takes a peak behind the mattress telling the true story the man who made the legend that is Mattress Mick.

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In an attempt to save his struggling mattress business during the recession, sixty-something Michael Flynn teams up with aspiring filmmaker Paul Kelly to reinvent himself as the eccentric online persona ‘Mattress Mick’. Through Paul’s zany videos and creative use of social media Mattress Mick quickly becomes an unlikely local celebrity. However, as the business and Mick’s profile begins to grow, their friendship comes under increasing pressure.

Mattress Men is directed by Colm Quinn and is the first feature-length film from Dublin-based independent production companies El Zorrero Films and Faction Films. Mattress Men was funded by the Irish Film Board. The Film was produced by Dave Clarke and Ciaran Deeney with myself cutting, Colm shooting and Michael Fleming composing.

Earlier this year the same team (except me) produced one of the ‘After 16’ shorts Baring Arms which you can watch now on the RTE Player here. Its a great short, beautifully edited by Jordan Montminy that you should definitely check out.

Mattress Men will screen at HotDocs on the 3rd, 4th and 6th of May as part of the “Future Cult Classics” programme.

The announcement yesterday created quite a bit of buzz with the world clearly hungry for as much Mattress Mick as they can handle. Articles about the great mans forthcoming Toronto adventures appeared in Hot Press, the Daily Edge, Film Ireland and beyond.

Other Irish titles playing the festival include ‘The Land of the Enlightened’ and ‘Booby Sands:66 Days’. I’m looking forward to catching them at the festival.

Keep up to date with the project on twitter at @mattressMenFilm and the films official Facebook page

In the meantime, why not watch The Mattress Mick music video which features in the documentary ‘Back With a Bang’ to get a sense of what it is that Paul and Mick are all about…

Sky Road Film Festival This Weekend.

The Sky Road Film Festival kicks off this weekend with a whole host of screenings and talks. Among the selected films are GAA USA and Under Open Skies, 2 sports documentaries I cut last year.
Under Open Skies is a nostalgic look at Irelands abondoned Handball Alleys that dot the countryside. Produced by Heather Mills as part of the Irish Film Boards Reality Bites Scheme, the film was directed by Ben Jones.
GAA USA is an IFTA Nominated series looking at the history of Gaelic Games in America. Heres a quick promo for it.

Also selected for the festival is a series of short films directed by my brother Paul Murphy which deal with Galway’s railway heritage. I’ve seen the films and they are really lovely portraits of people and places associated with part of our history that has died out. Really worth checking these out if you can make it to Clifden on Sunday. They begin at 12 and run for an hour, a trip to Clifden is always worth it.

Here’s the full programme of screenings..

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World Premiere of ‘An Klondike’

Delighted to be heading to Galway today for the world premiere of ‘An Klondike’, the first western film to be shot in Ireland. The film is directed by one of my favourite people in the world, my old housemate and my oldest friend in this crazy of ours, Dathai Keane. I’m thrilled for him that his film is not only screening at the Fleadh but has been chosen as the prestigious closing film for Ireland’s premier Film Festival.

Can’t wait to see it on the big screen and catch up with some old friends.

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