Short Film Set and Shot in Co. Mayo Headed for San Francisco and New York.
The Long Wet Grass is set and was shot in County Mayo. The film had its premier at The Clare Island Film festival in early September of this year - next stops are San Francisco and New York. The producer and script writer Seamus Scanlon has a strong connection with Mayo and especially Callow Lake where the film is set. The film was shot near Pontoon, Callow and Toomore with the help of local residents in true Meitheal style who provided food, housing, a vintage car (Brendan McEvoy) and moral support to get the shoot completed.
Crew included Westport locals Emer Gannon, Maria Gillan and drone operator Robert Moran. Sound engineer Fintan Geraghty is from Castlebar. Toomore (Foxford) based Pamela Norrington and Tommy Stenson from Swindford were also involved. Locals Áine Thompson and Patrick Hyland ably played the roles of Victor and Woman as children.
Based on the short story by Galway born, New York based writer Seamus Scanlon , it tells the story of a troubled IRA assassin who kidnaps a woman who has broken the rules and has taken her to a remote lakeside field for execution … only it is his childhood sweetheart, and the pull of their love and history wrestles with the push of violence. The short story was previously adapted for the stage as part of the play The McGowan Trilogy, which was premiered Off Broadway in 2014 by New York City's the cell, produced by Nancy Manocherian and directed by Kira Simring, where it won awards at the 1st Irish Festival for best director, best actress and best design. The production was then remounted for its UK premiere in 2015 as the opening play of the new Kino Teatr in St. Leonard's on Sea in Sussex.
The short film features the lead actors from the stage version of The Long Wet Grass – Anna Nugent (Law and Order: SVU, We Have Always Lived in the Castle) will return to her awardwinning role as Woman, while Paul Nugent (The Blacklist, The McGowan Trilogy) will return to the role of Victor McGowan. The film was directed by London based filmmaker Justin Davey , who will reunite for the project with Director of Photography Lakshika Serasinhe. They most recently made the short film Adulting with Linda Breathnach, which played to acclaim at the 2016 Galway Film Fleadh. Anna Nugent and Seamus Scanlon are producers on the film. The original music for the film was written by Academy Award Winner Marketa Irglova (Once).
San Francisco Irish Film Festival (21-23 Sep, 2017) http://sfirishfilm.com/2017shorts
Irish Screen America (29 Sep - Oct 1, 2017) http://www.irishscreenamerica.com/nyc/