Wednesday 21 November 2018

A family affair as three generations celebrate nomination

Oran Creagh is pictured in character as Ardal speaking to his teacher Miss Purdy, played by Olga Wehrly
Oran Creagh is pictured in character as Ardal speaking to his teacher Miss Purdy, played by Olga Wehrly

Ken Sweeney

IT was truly a family celebration last night when an Irish film- maker learned his short film had been nominated for an Oscar.

Skerries-based writer and director Michael Creagh cast his son Oran (8) in the lead role of 'The Crush' which tells the story of a young schoolboy's crush on his teacher, Miss Purdy.

But the 15-minute short, shortlisted by the academy in the 'Best Live Action Short film' category, was also shot by the director's brother, BBC camera-man Jim Creagh, with his father, James Creagh, an executive producer on the project .

"The family still can't believe the news. I was out in a cafe when I first got word and to be honest I still can't believe it," Michael Creagh told the Irish Independent on the success of his first film.

Shot in Gormanstown and Skerries, the schoolboy love story takes a dramatic twist when the infatuated pupil presents his teacher with a toy ring to show his affection.

But heartbreak follows when he bumps into Miss Purdy and her boyfriend having just bought a very real engagement ring.

Devastated and spurned, the pupil challenges Miss Purdy's fiance to a duel to the death.

"Something about it has obviously struck a chord with the academy members. I'm just hoping this allows me to make more films and get more work," added Mr Creagh who originally comes from Belfast.

Still reeling from the Oscar nomination, the 36-year-old said he still had "no idea" whether himself and his family team of film-makers would attend the Oscar ceremony held in Hollywood Kodak Theatre on February 27.

The family trip to the Oscars could well work out more expensive than the cost of the film which, originally budgeted at €15,000, came in at just under €20,000. "I suppose turning up in Hollywood is something we will have to consider but at the moment I am just answering my phone which has gone crazy since we got the news," Mr Creagh added.

Another Irish short, 'Shoe' by musician and film-maker Nick Kelly, was one of the 10 short films advanced to the voting process for the Academy Awards yet failed to receive a nod.

Irish Independent

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