Bergmann Update

So yesterday I posted¬†that “The Last Days of Peter Bergmann” had won the best Short Documentary at the highly prestigious Melbourne International Film Festival. Since then the win has garnered quite a bit of attention online.
In a press release from the festival itself the Film Festival Jury had this to say about the film.

“Ciaran Cassidy taps the voyeur in all of us with his masterful appropriation of hours of compelling CCTV footage that track a tantalising incomplete picture of The Last Days of Peter Bergmann. Coupled with a series of compelling interviews, Cassidy manages to invert the mystery genre from whodunnit to why. Meticulously researched, this is a riveting ride that leaves the audience rooted to their seats as they act out the role of both spy and detective.”

Here are some more of the reactions from online yesterday

https://twitter.com/Prowlster/status/498828424828686336

https://twitter.com/malbloe/status/497590698418253824

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Derelict available to watch for FREE

Last year I had the privilege of cutting the dark thriller Derelict for writer/director Frank Kelly from Drogheda. Derelict was a real labour of love for Frank and he put his heart and soul as well as his considerable talent into it. It was shot over seven intensive days and nights on a shoestring budget with a dedicated cast and crew in a derelict mill in Slane, Co Meath. Frank assembled a cast featuring the likes of Steve Gunn, Michael Bates, Patrick O’Donnell, Brian Fortune and others, together they produced what I believe is to be a very effective little crime thriller.

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I ended up on the film through Twitter, I had followed a bunch of Irish filmmakers including Frank. He was struggling with trying to edit the film himself and had thrown some editing questions out into the ether, I answered them and we got to chatting. I liked his get out there and shoot it attitude and I had a few weeks free between jobs so I offered to help him out and do a pass at editing the film for free in my time off. I spent about a month getting the film done and it was a really enjoyable and rewarding experience. Frank was a regular visitor to our little house in Dublin8 and cutting a feature film on my laptop in the kitchen turned out to be a huge amount of fun. It goes to show you how twitter has changed the landscape for filmmakers, I would never have had that experience without having engaged with social media.

The film played at the Dun Laoighaire Underground Cinema Festival and the Chicago Irish Film Festival and is still knocking about the festival circuit. Frank has recently moved to the United States and as part of his fresh start over there he has generously decided to release the film out into the wild. You can watch the film below or go directly to Frank’s vimeo page where there is other bonus material about the film.

Read what blogger Jay Coyle had to say about the film on his excellent CineIreland blog.

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