Sunday 21 September 2014

MacMahon's 'Windows of Wonder' lands best short film gong at festival

Published 09/10/2013 | 05:36

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Florence Gabriel as teacher Cathy MacMahon in the film adaptation of Bryan MacMahon's 'Windows of Wonder’.

A BIG-screen adaptation of one Listowel's writer Bryan MacMahon's best-loved stories, which was filmed in Kerry, has just won the Best Short Film award at Dublin's Underground Film Festival.

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The film adaptation of 'Windows of Wonder' - a short story that will be familiar to a great many former Inter Cert students - blew judges away at the hotly-contested festival in the capital.

Filmed and directed by husband-and-wife team Maurice and Elaine O'Carroll and produced by former Samhlaíocht Chiarraí director Jason O'Mahony, the film is now set to provide a new generation with a gateway into Bryan McMahon's work.

Filmed in Collis Sandes House in Tralee and a number of other locations around the county, it tells the story of a young female teacher arriving to a new school only to find her charges lacking in one major area: the imagination.

She opens their minds to the old legends of Ireland and other delights, but unwittingly finds herself on a collision course with the staid school management as a result.

It was in school that Jason first encountered the story. "I'll never forget hearing the story for the first time," he said.

All were delighted this week with their success in Dublin - not least the many young actors drawn from Tralee schools who made it all possible.

The film will be screened twice during the Kerry Film Festival: as part of the Made in Kerry screening in Siamsa Tíre on Wednesday, October 9, at 7pm and during the Bryan MacMahon tribute in The Classic Cinema in Listowel on October 17 at 8pm.


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