January 19, 2010

Congratulations to BCM writer, Barry McKinley, for having his latest offering, Elysium Nevada, nominated for Best New Play at  the 2010 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards.

This nomination follows on from last year’s shortlisting of his short story, Hope I Die Before I Get Old, in the First Fiction Category of the Hennessy XO Literary Awards

Blood Coloured Moon costume designer, Gaby Rooney, also gets a nomination for his work in The Ark production of The Giant Blue Hand.

For the full list of nominees click here

The awards will be presented on February 28th , 2010.


We were delighted to be included in Ireland’s oldest film festival, the 54th Cork Film Festival, and had the honor of kicking-off the Irish Shorts Programme on November 7th at the Cork Opera House.

The Wexford Arts Centre

The film also screened at The Cáca Milis Cabaret this month with writer Barry McKinley in attendance to give background and field questions. The Cabaret, established at the beginning of this year by Helena Mulkerns at the Wexford Arts Centre, has been described by The Irish Times as, “a late night monthly date with music, comedy, poetry and whatever you’re having yourself.” Despite the torrential bad weather, the film was well attended and warmly received.

November, described as the ‘cruelest month’ by Robert De Niro in a Bertolucci’s ‘1900’, was kind to Blood Coloured Moon, concluding with a screening at the Oscar eligible, Foyle Film Festival at the Nerve Centre in Derry. The film was screened as part of a selection of the best Irish shorts of the year.

Festival Update

October 19, 2009

Global Cinema Festival

Global Cinema Festival

Blood Coloured Moon has been selected for the Global Cinema Festival, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India. http://www.gcfest.com/. This screening follows on from director, Marc-Ivan O’Gorman’s, Culture Ireland sponsored, Video-Art retrospective presented in Delhi earlier this year: http://reflectedlightexhibit.wordpress.com/

kerry ff

Closer to home, the film has been selected for The Kerry Film Festival (Oct 31 – Nov 7) and will screen at 4pm on Monday 2nd November in The Old Presbytery. http://www.kerryfilmfestival.com/INS2.html.  To adjudicate the shorts they have lined up a stellar panel of Judges – chief among them is Jeremy Irons, the Oscar winning actor who heads up the Adjudication panel. Marc-Ivan’s previous production, ‘Other’, won best experimental film at the festival in 2007. So who knows, lightning might strike twice?

Foyle Film Festival
And finally, the film is also included in the 22nd Foyle Film Festival in Derry, Northern Ireland (20 – 22 November) and will screen on Saturday 28 November at 11.30 at the Nerve Centre. This is a long established festival and winners are made eligible for BAFTA and Oscar nomination!

I really enjoyed seeing Blood Coloured Moon at Filmbase this evening! 🙂 Well done! It’s a beautiful, funny and romantic film!

Ruthe P. S.

Saw blood coloured moon on fri nite. very good, really enjoyed it … well written, well acted, well lit, well shot…… well done. very funny too.

Ronan O’N.

Film is really cool… Well done. The film is excellent!!! It is really beautifully done, the music at the end is very captivating.

Joe F.

Congrats on the short… quite surreal… also liked the music by the way! … reminiscent of the album “pink moon” for me sparse… emotive on a primal level.

oh and the dialogue was spot on, sharp, crisp, and incredibly funny … nicely paced, almost theatrical in places

… a sense of comedic “irishness” sadly missing today.
Stuck a cold hard knife into my hardy Irish flesh

Michael Paul C.

These are just some of the lovely comments we’ve received. A big thanks to everyone who attended our premiere screenings in Filmbase, Dublin and at the launch of the Visual Centre, Carlow. The consensus was that the latest batch of Filmbase films are the best to date. It’s great to be in such good company.

And by all accounts, The Visual Centre and GB Shaw Theatre kick-off was spectacular with visitors giving the back-handed compliment: ‘This is fantastic, Why is it in Carlow?’

Why not? The Carlow-born makers of the locally-shot Blood Coloured Moon certainly don’t feel urban centres hold the monopoly on creative output.

Latest Screenings

September 18, 2009

Friday, 25 September 2009, Filmbase, Dublin

Blood Coloured Moon, will receive it’s world premiere screening at Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin on Friday, 25th September, as part of Culture Night, the city’s annual arts smorgasbord. Admission is free but booking in advance is required. To book a place contact: Clare Creely from Filmbase at: clare@filmbase.ie.

For more on Culture Night see: http://www.culturenight.ie

For more on Filmbase see: http://www.filmbase.ie

Saturday, 26th September 2009, Visual Centre

The following day the film will screen as part of the launch of the impressive 18,000,000 euro Visual Centre, in my hometown of Carlow. The launch event will include various arts activities featuring performances from The Hothouse Flowers, Size2Shoes, Aspiro Choir, Tumble Circus, Fidget Feet Aerial Dance and Irish Modern Dance Theatre, as well as, local acts. The day will feature music food and fun from 12 noon until late.

For more info on this new venue go to: www.visualcarlow.ie

That’s a wrap…

July 13, 2009

Believe it or not, we’re done. Picture cut, sound mix, grade and on-line, all finished. We have the HD tape in our grubby paws. It’s great to have something, at last, to show for everyone’s hard work. Thanks to Barry and Gordon, Ronan, Olga and Frankie, to Nathan, Niall and Sarah at Screenscene, and to our sponsors Unum and Fairgreen Shopping Centre. Now watch out festivals, here we come.

Filmbase RTE

Blood Coloured Moon


From Frankie…

February 23, 2009

Making this film was a little surreal, not least because of Barry McKinley’s highly original script with its stranger-in-the -night plot and its lyrical, yearning quality, but also in the remoteness and beauty of the location at Eugene Brennan’s pub in rural Kildare, and the fact that it had to be shot almost entirely at night. In early January. We had the privilege of rehearsals with Marc-Ivan at Filmbase before the shoot, a rare thing in film. We also had the surreal experience of getting lost on our way home from the first night’s shooting which undoubtedly helped us immerse ourselves in the project. We enjoyed great hospitality at the location, the best wood-burning stove ever, great food from the caterer and loads of chat and craic. It was great to work with Olga and Ronan and all the team, on a revolutionary new digital format that will no doubt look great though I can’t really get my head around what it is. It’s not video, as Volker kept telling us.

Frankie McCafferty as Charlie Brennan
Frankie McCafferty as Charlie Brennan


February 9, 2009

Blood Coloured Moon incorporates two things that used to be important to me: Booze and poetry. Somewhere along the line I managed to give up both of these comforts. It’s easy to quit drinking because there are all sorts of support mechanisms, meetings, medications, self-help books, therapies, but when you decide to knock poetry on the head it’s a different matter altogether. You’re on your own. No sponsor. No twelve steps. Of course I’m not the only one to quit poetry (most of the country managed to do it at more or less the same time) and it is a lot easier to stop when others around you are doing likewise. Those little magic moments that used to crop up in our conversation are not so obvious any more. Our language has grown colder over the past ten or twenty years. We used to fool around a lot more with it. It wasn’t really ours. It was like a borrowed lawn mower. We didn’t treat it with that much respect. After all, it was just something that belonged to the neighbours. Now we own the lawn mower. In fact it’s a ride-on lawn mower and we don’t have to push it and curse it any longer. We quit poetry but we didn’t altogether abandon it. We delegated its usage to ‘proper’ poets, men (mostly) who could take the travelling Irish roadshow to all corners of the earth where they would gather plaudits for their/our lyricism. This short film is about a man, quite literally in the street, who shouts his love at an open window, under a vast night sky where voices get swallowed forever. No webcams. No Youtube. No Facebook. It’s almost quaint. Words directed at only one person. As I write this, in Brennan’s Pub of Old Kilcullen I can hear this poetry being recited in the street outside. The camera is rolling and the rain is falling and the wind is blowing and the lights are swaying. Marc-Ivan, the director, is calling for more magic, more passion, more love, more romance, more energy, more feeling; all the things that everybody wants more of. Maybe this is the new way of making poetry. Digital. Binary. Ones and zeros stretching in phenomenal, almost never-ending sentences in a virtual infinity. Whatever it may be it brings us here, this stormy night, and the one thing we know for certain is We will not quit.

Barry McKinley