To celebrate Blood Coloured Moon’s inclusion in the first Irish Film Festival of India in New Delhi (16 – 21 Feb) and Mumbai (23 – 26 Feb) this year, a stunning poster has been created by Aiden Grenelle, Creative Director of Ireland’s leading design agency, Image Now.  The minimalist poster references the seminal work of Josef Müller-Brockmann and the so-called ‘Swiss Style’ school of design. This is the latest in a number of eye-catching poster designs Aiden has created for Cleverality productions over the years.

Blood Coloured Moon receives the honour of opening festival, in both New Delhi and Mumbai, as a precursor to John Huston’s legendary adaptation of James Joyce’s short story, The Dead. Both films take place on Catholic holy days (Good Friday and The Feast of the Assumption, respectively) and they both deal with a married couple and a potential usurper.

The film was funded by Filmbase/RTE, UNUM and Fairgreen Shopping Centre.

The festival itself runs for 6 days in the Indian capital, and 4 days in the country’s movie capital, high-lighting Irish film, literature and drama and features films by Neil Jordan, Pat O’Connor, and Atom Egoyan. For more details please visit the festival’s website here.

How High The Moon

March 28, 2011

RTE Guide, Wednesday 16 March 2011

Michael Doherty catches up with Marc Ivan O’Gorman, whose short feature, Blood Coloured Moon, is being screened next week on RTÉ Two

Carlow-born Marc Ivan O’Gorman is an award-winning filmmaker who has won numerous awards for his output over the years including student BAFTAs, a Fuji film Award, a Filmbase/RTE Short film Award and several Arts Council of Ireland Film Bursaries. His films have regularly been screened at festivals throughout Europe and he is well known for his keen visual sense. Over the past few years, Marc-Ivan has divided his time between Ireland and India and he has produced several audio and video works in the sub continent. His photographic exhibition, Long Shots & Cutaways, examined urban phenomena from Dublin and Delhi and Reflected Light Exhibition displayed a decade of video art work.

Next Monday night, RTÉ Two will screen Marc-Ivan’s short, Blood Coloured Moon. Already a staple on the festival circuit, having screened in Derry, Cork, Belfast Galway and Brooklyn, the movie is written by award-winning playwright Barry McKinley and co-stars Ronan Leahy, Olga Wehrly (the teacher in Michael Creagh’s Oscar nominated The Crush) and Frankie McCafferty. A bittersweet and poignant tale, the events of Blood Coloured Moon take place over one Good Friday evening in rural Ireland in 1967. An unnamed stranger (Leahy) arrives at an isolated pub and attempts to woo the wife (Wehrly) of a publican (McCafferty) with poetic words of love and desire.

Michael Doherty: Before we talk about your short film, Marc-Ivan; you have so many strings to your bow, how would you describe yourself in one media-friendly bite?

Marc-Ivan O’Gorman: I would describe myself as a filmmaker and a visual artist. I started out as an actor and then I was writing and directing for the theatre. Then I became more interested in screen and I did my degrees in film and TV. I’m very interested in conceptual pieces and short pieces but it’s all film at the end of the day. I’m a magpie in terms of my personality but filmmaker and visual artist would sum it up, I suppose!

Talk to me about Blood Coloured Moon. . .

I first saw it performed as a one act play in Los Angeles. I was taken by the fact that they made it work. It was short but it had depth. It’s not cinematic in the classic terms of mise-en-scène and all that stuff we do in film school, but in this business it’s very much a case of horses for courses. When it comes to budgets for these projects, you need a good concept and good actors and we had that. The period aspect was interesting in terms of a plot device because you have no mobile phones and here’s this guy wandering about looking for a pint on Good Friday, but that’s just a Maguffin. The key thing here is the incommunicable space between husband and wife, the contrast between the spoken and the unspoken. Could someone get to the point in their life where they would throw off their life and head off with someone if this romantic scenario presented itself? Will they do the sensible thing or will they respond to the poetic impulse? That’s the key dilemma in this film.

How did you find your cast?

I had worked with Ronan as an actor and I also shot a short film with him so I knew his capabilities as an actor. In a naturalistic piece, if someone starts reciting a poem that could seem weird, it’s like those musicals where people suddenly burst into song, but I knew Ronan with his theatrical background could handle it well. I had no one in mind for the other two characters but I was delighted when Orla and Frankie came on board. Frankie’s performance was so full of humanity; it changed how the film was shaped at the editing stage. The husband was supposed to be a cuckold but your sympathy changes because of Frankie’s performance, after all, some guy has just turned up in the night and he’s trying to make off with his wife!

You mentioned Maguffins earlier and there are clearly echoes here of Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (1935) here. . .

That’s exactly what I had in mind, I’ve always loved that scene with the Crofter’s wife because you have this young wife [Peggy Ashcroft] living in this isolated country scene and she is suddenly faced with this handsome young guy [Robert Donat] from a cool, urban background. That sequence was a real reference point for me. And I love that guy from Dad’s Army [John Laurie], too!

The Dead (1987) is clearly a reference point, too . . .

Yes, these references are going to sound a bit pompous, as if I were making Citizen Kane 2! The Dead reference arises from the fact that it hinges on a married couple, there’s a third party involved and there’s also a poetic element. At the end of The Dead, you have this lyrical, poetic reverie that’s moving, yet shot so beautifully and so simply, with Donal McCann staring out of the window. That’s one of the few movies where the transition from literary classic to screen classic worked seamlessly so I suppose we were trying to get a little of that Huston/ Joyce magic in Blood Coloured Moon.

See for yourself if Marc-Ivan and his team succeeded next Monday at 11.25pm, when Blood Coloured Moon is screened as part of RTE Two’s Shortscreen series

So far, 2011 has been very eventful for the cast and crew of Blood Coloured Moon.

Our lead actor, Ronan Leahy, received a Best supporting Actor nomination in this year’s Irish Times Theatre Awards as Tutor/Messenger in Medea , written by Euripedes in a new version by Robin Robertson. (You might recall our writer, Barry McKinley, receiving a nomination for best new play the year before).

Our lead actress, Olga Wehrly, starred, as Miss Purdy, in the Oscar-nominated short film ‘The Crush‘ and director/composer Marc-Ivan O’Gorman, scored his first feature film ‘Charlie Casanova‘, which receives its world premiere at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas this month.

However, the big news is that ‘Blood Coloured Moon’ screens on RTE Television, as part of the channel’s SHORTSCREEN programme, on monday, 21st of March. Airing time has yet to be confirmed but we’ll post details here when they become available, alternatively check out or Shortscreen FB page or RTE listings.

BCM @ NYC 24.9.10

September 23, 2010

So we have a screening date for ‘Blood Coloured Moon’ at the inaugural

 Williamsburg International Film Festival.  Our film headlines the World Cinema 

Shorts programme on Friday 24th of September at Screening Venue 1,

the Knitting Factory Brooklyn, 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211. 

see a the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hpjEz8dSoE

No Sleep ‘Til…

September 6, 2010

Blood Coloured Moon heads stateside!  The Williamsburg Film Festival in Brooklyn, New York, is the first in what looks like a slew of American festivals to host our film in coming months. For those of you who don’t know Williamsburg, it is the official home of Hipsterdom in New York, and for those who don’t know the festival it is an annual smorgasbord of film, music and storytelling. Brooklyn, in recent years has, become the cultural epicentre of NYC and Williamsburg, nestled between the neighbourhoods of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick, is it’s beating heart. This is exciting news for us as both writer Barry McKinley and director Marc-Ivan O’Gorman have at one point or other called New York home. This is a great opportunity for all our friends in the Big Apple to see our little film on the Big Screen.


The festival runs 23-26 September, 2010 in the following venues:

Knitting Factory Brooklyn 361 Metropolitan Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211 At Havemeyer Street.

El Puente Arts & Culture Center 61 Wythe Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211.

indieScreen 285 Kent Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211 At South 2nd Street.

Shangri-la Studio 100 Sutton Street Brooklyn, NY 11222 Off Nassau Avenue.

Open Air Screening

July 9, 2010

Hot on the heels of our West Coast screening in the City of Tribes comes an east coast

open-air screening in Dublin. The screening is part of the Summer Sensational annual

event in Dublin’s cultural quarter, Temple Bar,  which features a range of age

-friendly events, from live music to farmer’s markets, and from story-telling to film

screenings.

The film screenings at La Dolce Vita, Cow’s Lane, Old City Area of Temple Bar

at 7 pm on Saturday 10th  of July include ‘Blood Coloured Moon’ and the

Oscar Nominated Short ‘The Door’.

So come on down, and in the words of the event organisers;

‘Get a snapshot of the fantastic filmmaking talent at work in Ireland today.’

Into the West

July 7, 2010

And so we go west. Another official selection for Blood Coloured Moon and this time it is Ireland’s most vibrant film festival, the Galway Film Fleadh (‘Fleadh’ pronounced Flah)

In the ‘height’ of the Irish Summer and leading into the world renowned Galway Arts Festival, the event is a perennial favorite with industry types, as well as,  fun loving punters.

Director Marc-Ivan O’Gorman will be in attendance and  is no stranger to the Fleadh, having previously screened his award-winning shortsTrick or Treat, Infected City and How Ganesh Got an Elephant’s Head there.

So join him, along with writer, Barry McKinley and producer, Gordon Murphy at the NEW IRISH SHORTS: DRAMA PROGRAMME, Galway Town Hall, Friday 9th July starting 10 am. Be there, or in the words of Oliver Cromwell, go to Hell.

Arts Awards

May 31, 2010

Arts awards galore this month for the writer/director team behind Blood Coloured Moon. Writer Barry McKinley was recently awarded a substantial Literary Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland to develop his latest novel.

While director Marc-Ivan O’Gorman received funding for film production equipment under the Arts Act Grant Scheme from the Carlow Arts Office and a bursary award from Artlinks, a regional arts body for the South East of Ireland.

Marc-Ivan and Barry continue to develop film projects together and greatly appreciate the support of national and local authorities.

Moon Over Belfast

March 27, 2010

Blood Coloured Moon continues on its tour of the festivals. Up next, the 10th Belfast Film Festival. We’re delighted to be invited up north, once again, and this time it’s to celebrate Titanic Town’s festival reaching double figures.

If you are in the neighbourhood, come to our screening as part of the Irish Short Programme at the Queen’s Film Theatre, 20 University Square, on Saturday 24 April at 3.30pm.

We think you’ll like what you see. Certainly, the film continues to get excellent reviews. Here’s some comments from industry insiders:

Great- short- creates its own world- with a past and future. Great. I thought the actors were great too- the girl’s face has so much character.”

Eoin Colfer, Novelist

I really liked the short. It was original, interesting, atmospheric, well performed, well written, surprising and looked great. The music was great too. Well done

Paul Donovan, Grand Pictures

Fantastic news for Blood Coloured Moon editor, Nathan Nugent, for his work on the Oscar Nominated short film, The Door. Juanita Wilson’s film, based on the true story of a father and his young daughter dealing with the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster, has been nominated for best live action short in this year’s Oscars.

Nathan has a long time working relationship with Blood Coloured Moon director, Marc-Ivan O’Gorman, having won a student BAFTA for his work on Marc-Ivan’s Fuji-Award winning filmTrick or Treat while still at college.

Amazing results for local filmmakers all round at this year’s Oscars with Kilkenny Production Company, Cartoon Saloon’s, The Secret of Kells, up for best Feature Animation and Carlow Writer Cathleen O’Rourke’s Granny O’Grimm nominated for best short animation.

There must be something in the water of the ‘Sunny South East’, considering it’s only two years since Carlow-based actress, Saoirse Ronan, earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her performance as “Briony Tallis” in Atonement.

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