Sunday 18 March 2018

'Tiny little Irish movie' made for just €300 is a massive success on international scene

Irish film
Irish film "Staid" made for just €300.
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

A film made with a micro budget of just €300 is expected to be one of the big hitters at Galway Film Fleadh this week.

The film Staid has already been named Best Foreign Feature Film at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.

Wexford writer and director Paul O’Brien describes it as a “tiny little movie” which has brought him huge joy.

“The budget was €300 and €250 was spent on one scene,” O’Brien told the Sunday World.

“It is a tiny little movie, 90 per cent of it is in one location and now it is being embraced internationally, which brings me huge joy.”

O'Brien's lighting system comprised of two lamps which cost just €30.

Staid, which is O’Brien’s first film, is based on his own play “One Last Long Breath” which he first staged 15 years ago.

Staid was also chosen to feature in film festivals in Dublin, Sydney and Hong Kong.

The stars of 'Staid' are Adrienne Meyler, Stephen Murphy, Paul Creane and Phil Lyons.

The plot centres around the lives of four people who are feeling stuck in their life, but all that is about to change.

Staid is showing at Galway’s Town Hall Studio next Saturday, July 9, at 4.30pm.

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