If you’ve been out and about on social media in the last few days, then you’ll probably know this ‘cos I’ve been a bit of a pain-in-the-ass about it on my Twitter and my Facebook. The short film I wrote, ‘Getting In’, has now completed its remarkable run of eleven film festivals and has come to rest and found a home on YouTube.
You can see it by clicking on the link that’s right at the end. If you can't wait that long, you can click on the photo. If you can, click right through to YouTube so you can get the full screen
I’m usually quite coy about the stuff I write. Like with
this blog. Come and have a read if you like but there’s no pressure and I won’t
think ill of you if you don’t. Mostly, I’m just writing for myself anyway. Keeping
a little record, making sure the scribbling muscle remains in trim. But this
time is different. This time, I’m actually quite keen that you take the requisite
ten minutes and have a look at this little film.
There are several reasons for this. Yes, I wrote it and the
story is very close to my heart. That’s a thing in itself, I suppose. But,
also, this isn’t just about me. Far from it. My good friend, Richard Keaney, not
only directed it but showed the initial faith in it to take it on and push to
bring it to fruition. Frank Prendergast, Liam Gaffney, and Brendan O’Flynn, all
fine actors, brought their A-game to our little film. They all seemed to find
the heart that, love it or loathe it, definitely exists there. Sonya
Deegan brought great Production and Cinematography talent to the show.
My son Sam who, like me, was at the centre of the story, provided the
soundtrack with his own percussive narrative and also in other, much more subtle ways.
And, by no means least, the actors in the briefer roles, who brought so much colour
and texture to the piece.
I’d like you to see the short film for all these people too.
It is a curious social media equation that, the more people see a thing, the
more additional people will see it too. It’s a reason why I would like you to
watch this film, and click ‘like’ on it, and even perhaps share it and leave a
comment on it. Because creativity begets creativity. Somebody might like the
work of someone here and approach them with some new work.
So that’s one reason why I’m shameless with this plugging.
Go and see it. Go on.
There’s another reason and it’s harder for me to say. Mostly
because I’m not a braggart. I’m more a ‘hide my little light under a bushel’
type of a dude. It’s this… (deep breath) … I love it. That’s why I’d like you
to see it. Because I love it. The story has a place carved out in my heart and
the film catches moments that happened and were real to me. Granted those
moments are occasionally heightened and often edited. But that’s the nature of
storytelling. Stories have to be shaped and worked and some pieces invariably fall
to the workshop floor and are swept away. Matt is not in the film and his contribution
to the events depicted therein was earth-shatteringly important. There would have
been no story without Matt but he just didn’t fit into the necessary shape of
the film. I won’t forget him though. I’ll buy him a burger whenever I can and I’ll
shake his hand in eternal gratitude. Cheers Matt.
So here’s the link to the film on YouTube. It’s a very
little thing. Little in budget and little in length.
But it’s big in heart.
And that, I believe, is where it counts.