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Friday 19 January 2018

Sunny day as film earns a screening

FERGAL ON THE WAY TO HOLLYWOOD

Ardee native director Fergal Rock.
Ardee native director Fergal Rock.

'HENRY & Sunny', a short film written and directed by Fergal Rock and produced by Orla RussellConway has been selected to screen at the Feel Good Film Festival in Hollywood.

The festival which averages 7,000 attendees over the course of three days, runs from August 13th to August 15th, and takes place at Hollywood's prestigious Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

Dublin based Fergal Rock is originally from Ardee and graduated from University of Limerick in 1999 with a BA in English Literature and Media & Communication Studies and continued his education at Dublin Institute of Technology where he graduated with an honours MA in Film ( Theory & Production).

In 2004 Fergal wrote and directed the RTÉ/Filmbase short film, 'Tom Waits Made Me Cry'. The film screened at several festivals and was shown on RTE as part of the Shortscreen series. He is currently developing a slate of feature-length scripts.

'Henry & Sunny', Rock's second short, stars Paulo Braganca, Dorothy Cotter and Drogheda based actor Tony Leddy. The film tells the bittersweet tale of Henry, an unemployed clown, in love with the famous soap opera actress, Sunny Carmichael.

'Henry & Sunny' was also selected for competition at Porto 7 – Festival Internacional de Curtasmetragens do Porto which took place in Portugal from June 16th to 20th. Recent Irish screenings include Underground Cinema in Dublin, the Fastnet Short Film Festival in Cork and the Eigse Carlow Arts Festival.

'Henry & Sunny' also screened at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) in March and won the public vote at the New Arrivals competition in association with Rotterdam's International Film Festival last month.

Post-production is currently underway on Fergal Rock's third short. 'On Our Way' stars Dorothy Cotter and Matthew Keenan as two lost souls who meet by chance and find a connection.

The film is produced by Fergal Rock and Noni Stapleton with cinematography by Orla Russell-Conway. The film is being edited by Nick Callan and is due for an autumn release.

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