A film starting Avoca man Finbarr 'Barry' Delaney scooped the prestigious Southside Filmmakers Award in Glasgow recently.
Bird in the Hand from Cup of Gold Productions is a joint Scottish/Irish production which details the kooky story of love and friendship about a young man, Alan, who is not your average man. Alan is blessed with an unusual appearance and walk and learns to confront his demons, accept himself and find true love along the way in the form of Grace.
Directed and produced by David Brown the film's main character is played by Avoca man Finbarr Delaney.
Delaney's latest role follows a number of acting parts in stage productions including Natasha O'Brien's 'Parity of Pretence', and Marina Carr's 'Ariel'.
The film is completely self-funded and was shot in Dublin and Wicklow.
The Southside Film Festival features a mix of short film/feature and docudramas, some independently funded like Bird in the Hand while others had significant funding from films boards.
Speaking after the awards Finbarr said he couldn't believe they had scooped the top award. 'Being the underdogs, myself and director David Brown, didn't think we had a chance of winning the festival as the competition was extremely strong and also the fact the our production was made on a budget of €600. 'We only finished filming our latest production 'Oneshot' Toothache one hour prior to the award ceremony.
'It's a great achievement to us both as it's both of our film debuts, me as an actor and David as the Director/Producer. Our latest production will hopefully be a series of three episodes to be finished over the next year.
'I am off to work in London now in the coming weeks with English director Nicholas David Lean on a short film about the Troubles in Northern Ireland, in which I have been cast as the lead role. This production is set in the early 80's and is being shot in London.