Tuesday 13 November 2018

Michael's Sodium Party premieres at IndieCork

Michael McCudden
Michael McCudden

A thrilling movie made in Bray by a local filmmaker will have its world premiere on the big screen in The Gate multiplex in Cork City on Saturday October 19.

A tutor at Bray Institute of Further Education, Michael McCudden (pictured) wrote and directed 'Sodium Party'.

McCudden's debut feature is about Claire, played by Slaine Kelly. Claire is a girl whose childhood was sheltered by a controlling mother. After the deaths of her parents, she leaves for college and the life she never experienced.

A new world opens to her as she meets Danny (James Corscadden), a college student obsessed with photography, who is as taken with Claire as she is with him. He introduces her to a life that she never had, where they go to parties, and experiment with all there is to experiment with.

But just as life seems to be going her way, Hannah, an imaginary friend from her childhood, begins to appear and haunt Claire, and her life begins to unravel in front of her eyes as the past refuses to stay in the past.

'Sodium Party' is to be screened as part of IndieCork, Ireland's new festival of independent cinema running in the city from October 16 to 20.

The movie was filmed digitally over an intense 17-day shoot in south Dublin and north Wicklow. Locations included the Harbour Bar, Coffee and Treats, BIFE, Enniskerry and more with lots of cast and crew from Bray as well as BIFE students.

Antrim-born Michael graduated from the National Film School, Dun Laoghaire, in 2002 with a Masters in Screenwriting. He has been mentoring budding filmmakers and writers at BIFE for the past 10 years.

The award-winning writer/director has entertained audiences both at home and abroad with his shorts, including 'Wilde Things', 'One Up on Two' (2nd place for Best Irish Short in the Galway Film Fleadh) and 'Maybe If You ... '

His script 'Highway to Nowhere' is currently in pre-production with New Decade Film and TV with the support of the Irish Film Board.

Wicklow People