Galway Film Centre and RTÉ are delighted to announce the premiere screening of MOTHER at this years Galway Film Fleadh. The screening will take place on Friday 13th July at 10am in the Town Hall Theatre as part of the ‘Irish Talent: New Shorts 3’ screening.
MOTHER, the 2017 GFC/RTÉ Short Film Commission, is a short film developed from a script by Jonathan Hughes, directed by Natasha Waugh and produced by Sharon Cronin.
“There’s no replacement for a mother’s love. Hardworking mam GRACE has the perfect happy family; a loving husband and two wonderful children. But when her husband arrives home one day with a brand new kitchen appliance, she slowly starts to realize that there might not be room for both of them in this house. Mother is a quirky, surrealist, mostly silent comedy that will lead you to question, just how necessary are you, to the ones you love?”
Alan Duggan, Galway Film Centre Manger said, “We are delighted to have MOTHER screening at the Fleadh this year. We’d like to commend Natasha, Sharon and Jonathan on completing the film and thank you to both Script Editor Deirdre Roycroft and Director Dearbhla Walsh for their invaluable contribution as a mentors on the scheme.”
David Crean of RTÉ stated, “Congratulations to Natasha, Sharon and Jonathan on this premiere screening and continued success to MOTHER in the coming months”
See the trailer for MOTHER here:
Jonathan Hughes is a screenwriter based in Cork City. He completed an MA course in Script Writing at Goldsmiths University of London; where he received a scholarship to study in 2015. For his writing, Jonathan was awarded Best Screenplay at Waterford Film Festival in 2014 for his short project, The Wake. In 2016, two of Jonathan’s scripts were produced for Goldsmiths University of London. He won a best screenplay award for his work on graduation film See You In Hell. In July 2016 he won the Filmbase/RTE Short Shots funding award for his script Acorn; the film premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh 2017. Jonathan was awarded the Galway Film Centre/ RTE short film funding prize for his short script MOTHER in 2017. He also received funding from the Irish Film Board in July 2017 for his short project Mary through the Irish Film Board’s Short Stories scheme. Both Mary and MOTHER will premiere at the 30th Galway Film Fleadh in 2018.
Natasha Waugh co-founded Fight Back Films in 2013, and has, to date, directed four short films (Food Fight, Running Commentary, Lag, and Terminal) and co-directed (The Betrayal) with filmmaker Kamila Dydyna. Her most recent short film, Terminal, inspired by the women affected by the 8th amendment, won Best Short Film at Indie Cork 2016, and Director’s Choice Short Film at the 2017 Irish Film Festival, Boston. It has received other nominations for Best Short Film at the Dublin Feminist Film Festival, Irish Film Festival London, and played in competition at Manchester International Film Festival 2017. Terminal picked up other prestigious nominations for Best Short film at the 37th London Film Critics’ Circle Awards, and at the 2017 Irish Film & Television Academy Awards (IFTA). Natasha has also received a nomination for Best Short Film Script by the Writer’s Guild of Ireland, at this year’s Zebbie Awards. In April 2017, Natasha collaborated with Julie Ryan, producer of The Young Offenders, on a pilot for a new series for RTÉ. Natasha directed the pilot and was involved extensively in the development of its screenplay.
Sharon Cronin is an award winning film producer and produced her first feature film, Poison Pen written by Eoin Colfer, in 2014. It premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh and went on the screen at over 20 international film festivals. It has screened to a international audience on UTV and is currently available on Amazon Prime. In 2016, she produced the award winning LGBT short drama Lily which was awarded the Tiernan McBride Award for Best Short Film at the Galway Film Fleadh 2016 and Best Short Film at Dublin International Film Festival 2017 and Santa Fe Film Festival. It also received a nomination for Best Short at the 2017 Irish Film and Television Award. Sharon latest short film Acorn was funded by the RTÉ/Filmbase Short Shots scheme will premiere at the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh. Sharon also works as a production coordinator on feature films, has spent 7 years working for the Cork Film Festival and holds an MSc in Digital Feature Filmmaking.
See the Galway Film Fleadh website for the listing: https://www.galwayfilmfleadh.com/project/irish-talent-new-shorts-three/
See MOTHER social media also: @MOTHER_film