Sunday 19 November 2017

Outstanding film 'The O'Briens' is major hit at LA's Newport Festival


Mary Fogarty

Local filmmaker Richard Waters and producer Alison Scarff have just returned from the Newport Beach Film Festival in LA where Richard's debut feature The O'Briens premiered to a sold-out crowd.

A second screening had to be added due to demand, and they ended up walking away with the Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking Award.

'The film went over amazingly with the audience,' said Richard, who explained that he is from Kilmacanogue and Alison is from Greystones.

Both of them are past students of the Film and TV course in Bray Institute of Further Education. The O'Briens is a feel-good comedy about an Irish family, made on a shoestring budget by the 24-year-old filmmaker.

Filmed on location in Galway, the film boasts an impressive cast of up-and-coming Irish actors including Liam McMahon (Hunger, Titanic: Blood and Steel); Kelly Blaise (The Borgias, The Inside) and Amber Jean Rowan (The Vikings, What Richard Did).

The story concerns a dysfunctional modern Irish family living on different sides of the Atlantic who are reunited when the father Pat organises a family reunion at the family farmhouse in Galway, two years after the death of his wife. Fionn, who lives in New York, Gareth, who lives in London and Una, who is married with two children must each face a personal dilemma, as they are brought back together under the one roof.

The film is written by producers/writers/actors Slaine Kelly (Comedown, The Tudors) and Emmett Hughes; produced by Fionn O'Brien, Ciara Byrne, Richard Kearney and Alison Scarff of Mist Media.

Irish artists Paddy Casey and Roisin O also provided original music for the soundtrack.

More information on the Newport Beach Film Festival website can be found by visiting their website at

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