Galway Film Centre (GFC) and RTÉ are delighted to announce The Radio as the newest GFC/RTÉ Short Film Commission. After beating off stiff competition from over 50 applicants, Thomas Conway’s short script received further development support and will now go into production with Director Laura Kavanagh and Producer Evan Horan selected as the other key creative talent on board. The tender story portrays an elderly widower’s dependency on his radio to keep a foothold in his routine but when it breaks, his daughter is forced to pay more attention to her isolated father.
A key element of the scheme is the engagement of professionals at the highest level who act as mentors for the talent. GFC and RTÉ are delighted to have the support of this year’s mentors Dearbhla Walsh (Director), Hannah Connell – Moylan (Script Editor) and Katie Holly (Producer). The longest running short film scheme in Ireland, the GFC/RTÉ Short Film Commission was first established in 1996.
About the Filmmakers
Laura Kavanagh (Director)
Filmmaker Laura Kavanagh has 10 years’ experience working in key roles for independent production companies and studios. In 2018 she wrote and directed the short film No Place which premiered at the 2019 Dublin International Film Festival. The short was selected in competition at festivals at home and abroad and received a runner-up prize for Best Short at the WFT Ireland showcase in 2019 as well as a Best Director nomination at the Underwire Film Festival. You can view No Place here. The Radio will be her second short film, she is also developing another project with Mammoth Films.
Thomas Conway (Writer)
Thomas Conway has written one feature, The Cedar Room, and one short, The Radio. The Cedar Room finished in the last 36 out of 2080 for the 4screenwriting course in 2018 and he was interviewed in Channel 4 but did not make the final 12. This script was also selected for the UK Film Festival – London and received an honourable mention at the 2019 New Renaissance Film Festival in London. Former World Boxing Champion Andy Lee is attached to The Cedar Room as the main lead actor. The Radio was also a finalist at the Ronan Phelan pitching awards at the Cork Indie Film Festival. He is currently working on a TV series called Qatar 2022 and a feature called Falling Leaves. In his other life, he is a Clinical Trial Coordinator at the HRB-Clinical Trial Facility Galway situated in the University Hospital Galway.
Evan Horan (Producer)
Evan Horan is the junior producer at film and TV production company Blinder Films – based in Dublin, Ireland. He has worked across various dramatic, documentary and genre projects including Vita & Virginia, Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami and A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot. Horan was the Co-Producer on A Dog Called Money which world premiered in the Panorama section at Berlinale 2019, directed by award-winning photographer Seamus Murphy who accompanied musician PJ Harvey on a journey through the creative process behind one of her albums, conceived by their travels around the globe. The film was in competition for the Grand Jury Prize at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 and received theatrical and online distribution in the UK and Ireland from MUBI in November 2019, and will be released theatrically in the US by Abramorama. He acted as the Associate Producer on Come To Daddy – an Irish / New Zealand / Canadian co-production – directed by Ant Timpson and starring Elijah Wood, which had its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2019, was featured extensively in genre film festivals around the world and was released theatrically in the US by Saban Films. Horan was the Production Executive on Extra Ordinary, the supernatural comedy directed by Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman, starring Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Claudia O’Doherty and Will Forte which had its world premiere at SXSW Film Festival 2019 and was also awarded Best Film at Galway Film Fleadh 2019 and at Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival 2019. Upcoming projects that Horan is also the Production Executive on are The Racer – an Irish / Luxembourg / Belgian co-production – directed by Kieron J. Walsh, which is set in 1998, when the opening stages of famed cycling tournament the Tour de France was held in Ireland for the first time, and stars Louis Talpe, Tara Lee, Matteo Simoni and Iain Glen; Boys From County Hell, directed by Chris Baugh – a vampire feature set in Northern Ireland and supported by Endeavor Content; and French Exit, an Irish-Canadian co-production directed by Azazel Jacobs and starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges. Horan also recently completed the Advanced Producers Programme – a post graduate certificate course managed by Screen Skills Ireland and TU Dublin and was invited by Screen Ireland to participate in the 2020 Berlinale Co-Production Market Visitors Programme. He is also the Co-Ordinator of X-Pollinator – a new initiative to help rapidly address the gender imbalance the Irish film industry – and has previously worked on the BFI London Film Festival, BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, Cork Film Festival, UnderWire Festival and at BAFTA in their Learning and New Talent department.