October begins...

A few nice pieces of news today coming up... starting with 'Fragile' and John Colleary
https://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/irish-short-films-30004853/10778165/#_=_ if you missed it - take a few mins out today - you'll be glad you did! 


Good News for Michael Mullen, ‘Blue Dawn’ Directed by Nadj Foley and produced by Blue Dawn Productions is premiering in this years Indie Cork Festival http://indiecork.com/ while another of Michael’s films, ‘Deirdre’ directed Jo Southwell was selected for British Urban Film Festival http://www.britishurbanfilmfestival.co.uk/ and Crystal Place Film Festival https://filmfreeway.com/festival/cpiff


Also good news for Jed Murray, IndieCork Film Festival features 'I'm Talking to You and 'The Legend of Harry & Ambrose'.  Whilst a short film Jed did, ‘REMEMBER’ is part of Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival Saturday 7th October, Screening at 1.10pm at Cineworld (Dublin) and its also showing in INDIECORK Film Festival Friday 13th October, Screening at 4.30pm at Gate Cinema (Cork) and Kerry Film Festival http://www.kerryfilmfestival.com/ The festival runs from 21st to 24th Oct. (Killarney)

For Brendan Sheehan, Eoin O’Sullivan and Niall Brewster there is an nice write up on 'Fingal’s Finest' in which they all had a role https://scannain.com/interview/fingals-finest-interview/
Also ‘Observer’ (starring Brendan Sheehan) got a good another review and is up for best Irish narrative in Kerry Film Festival. 

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Great news on the festival front also for Emmet Kelly and Anthony Moriarty. For Emmet, 'Lost Memories' has been selected to screen at http://richardharrisfilmfestival.com/. Whilst for both Emmet and Anthony, 'A Very Irish Family' is one to keep an eye on!

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... And finally, well done to Seven year old Heidi O’Mahony from Cork who was busy this week shooting two days for a very interesting on-line ad - more on that as soon as we get a copy to share!   Well done also to Claire O'Donovan who has also been busy this week making her first appearance in ‘Fair City’. Congratulations to Philip Coffey who was booked for ‘Badlands’ by http://www.amc.com/  and to Breid Morris, cast as Mrs Pugh in Festival Productions of 'Annie'  with Catherine Lynch - NCH opening on 27th Dec https://www.nch.ie/Online/default.asp


Brand new BBC Three drama Overshadowed lands on the channel this autumn

We are super excited for Eva O'Connor that media and publicity for her forthcoming BBC Three show 'Overshadowed' has launched in Earnest

"I am thrilled that Overshadowed has been commissioned for BBC Three. It is such an important, modern story of our times, told in an exciting way by two young people"

Kay Mellor, Executive Producer, Rollem Pictures


Based on Eva O’Connor’s award-winning play, Overshadowed tells the story of a young Irish vlogger called Imogene (Michelle Fox - Doctors) whose life spirals out of control when she meets the monster of anorexia personified.

Eva O’Connor and Hildegard Ryan say: “We are delighted to be working with Kay, her amazing team at Rollem Productions and BBC Three to bring this story, which is very close to our hearts, to life. We hope Overshadowed will be a fresh and innovative take on eating disorders and the way they can take over young people’s lives. We feel the YouTube style episodes are the perfect way to chart Imogene’s journey and capture the minds of young audiences.”

Starring a host of fresh new talent, this compelling, haunting and funny series has been written by Irish television newcomers Eva O’Connor and Hildegard Ryan.

Shot in an innovative new format, Overshadowed tells Imogene’s story through a series of vlogs. All eight episodes are told from Imo’s point of view, giving a unique documentary-style insight into teenage life and her increasingly fragile mental state.

Imo used to be sparkly, vivacious and outgoing. Recently however she’s becoming withdrawn, gaunt and obsessed with exercise. The reason? Her new “best friend” Anna (Eva O’Connor). She's casting a dark shadow over Imo’s life and won’t rest until Imo is a shadow of her former self.

“Overshadowed is an incredibly exciting piece that showcases BBC Three's ambition to support young talent telling stories that matter. This is an important subject told from a compelling and unflinchingly honest perspective by the brilliant Eva and Hildegard and, with the support and experience of the wonderful Kay Mellor and Sian Palfrey, this is going to be a very special piece for the BBC Three audience.”

Elizabeth Kilgarriff, Senior Commissioning Editor for BBC Drama

Mid-September and all is good!

Happy Friday... 😁 Here comes our Friday news.... starting with, GREAT NEWS for Peter Halpin and child actor Harris McNamara as its announced that ‘NARCAN’ a shot film shot in N.Y in 2015, directed by Peter McNamara has been selected by RTE and will screen on RTE 2 - Monday September 18th @ 12:45am It will also be available on RTE Player International. #narcan #film #television #IrishEyesAreSmiling #winning #LargestAudienceSoFar #NotHereToTakePart #MakeItHalpin

Super Exited for Eva O’Connor as Overshadowed media kicking off now, 👌😎http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/overshadowed


starring John Colleary, Directed by John Corcoran and Cast by Annette Walsh has been officially selected for the Kerry Film Festival!


And on the tail of that came the news that it's has also been accepted in the KINOFILM FF in Manchester too! http://www.kerryfilmfestival.com/   Congratulations also goes to Emmet Kelly, the film he wrote and stars in ‘Lost Memories’ has also been selected to screen at The Kerry Film Festival.

Congratulations to Philip Coffey 'Topographia Hibernica' a Trilogy, Philip has a lead role in, directed by Liza Bolton (Room 12 Productions) has been officially selected for Cork Indie Festival 8-15 Oct! http://indiecork.com/

🎭Exciting times as the Fringe Festival kick off and wishing all the actors involved the very best…looking forward to seeing as many as I can, so to, Jed Murray in ‘Close to The Sun’ Smock Alley, Meg Healy in ‘How to be Angry’ Smock Alley, Aidan Moriarty and Daithi O’Donnell in ‘SLDS’ The Complex, Rua Barron 'Efficacy 84’ Smock Alley and last but not least Eva O’Connor in ‘The Friday Night Effect’ Smock Alley - break a leg! 🌟🎭🌟🎭🌟🎭🌟

Toronto International Film Festival

Kissing Candice’ starring Maghnús Foy (who joined Castannettenow about a year ago)...was added to the Toronto International Film Festival line up 2017. The Toronto International Film Festival began on Thursday 7 September and ends on Sunday, 17 September. The film was written & directed by Aoife McArdle, Stars Ann Skelly, Ryan Lincoln, Conall Keating, Ryan McParland, Caitriona Ennis, John Lynch (as well as Maghnús)! Casting by Amy Rowan & Carla Stronge Casting
and Produced by Somesuch's Sally Campbell & VENOM FILMS' Andrew Freedman. Best of Irish luck to all involved! http://scannain.com/irish/abroad/tiff-2017-irish-4/

Dublin Theatre & Fringe Festival 2017

There's a lot going on for the next few weeks with the Fringe Festival and then the Dublin Theatre Festival which gets into full swing later in the month.

Castannettenow actors are busy in various productions throughout the month, be sure to check them out!

Anthony Moriarty is appearing in 'King of the Castle' Galway and Gaiety Theatre Dublin http://www.druid.ie/productions/king-of-the-castle

Jed Murray appears in 'Close to The Sun' in Smock Alley from the 12th to the 17th of September http://smockalley.com/close-to-the-sun/

You can see Meg Healy in 'How to be Angry', also in Smock Alley from the 19th to the 23rd http://smockalley.com/how-to-be-angry/

Catch Eva O’Connor in The Friday Night Effect 20 -23rd Sept  http://smockalley.com/friday-night-effect/ Having had a successful run at the Edinburgh Fridge this play makes it Dublin debut!

Aidan Moriarty  can bee seen in SLSD  http://www.fringefest.com/festival/whats-on/slsdwith No Kissin' Ensemble directed by Hanan Sheedy. It is on in The Complex from the 21st to the 23rd of September. 

Meanwhile, in New York, Peter Halpin plays in 'House of Charity' from Aug 28th and for various dates up to and incl 13th Sept https://www.thehouseofcharity.com/ and he gets no rest as he is also in 'I am Antigone' in the same venue from 8th - 16th of September www.smarttix.com 

Eoin O’Sullivan also has a busy month playing from 28th Aug to 2nd Sept in 'The Rapparees' at Smock Alley https://www.facebook.com/events/161094137786860/ and from the 4th to 9th September you can see him in 'Imagining Liam' at the Teachers Club

Rua Barron can be seen in 'Efficacy 84' in Smock Alley Black Box, Dublin 8 from September 20th – 23rd at 7pm every night. Additional matinee on Saturday 23rd Details Here 

Wexford National Opera House, Lisa Tyrrell appears in 'The Kill God' from Aug 31st - Sept 3rd- https://www.facebook.com/events/314830168944316??ti=ia

August Bank holiday weekend 2017...

Well done to Amy Potter who was shooting in a Mystical Drama/Doc for American TV yesterday.  

As part of the Fingal Film Festival, http://www.fingalfilmfest.com/ 'Mayfly" (short film) starring Eoin O'Sullivan will screen on Friday 11th at the 2pm. Whilst on Sunday the 13th of August at 4pm, 'Fingal's Finest' starring Brendan Sheehan, Eoin O'Sullivan & Niall Brewster will be the feature followed by Emmet Kelly's 'Lost Memories' (the main feature and the 2 shorts)!  

Wexford Film Festival http://wexforddocumentaryfilmfestival.ie/ is in full swing this weekend. Showing on Sunday night is 'The Boring Diary of Frances Noone' starring the very talented Poppy Caraher as Frances, also starring Joanne Brennan, John Colleary and Jill Sartini, directed by Cara Holmes and produced by Zanibar Films. http://zanzibarfilms.net/

Break a leg to Jeanne O’Connor who is appearing as Agnes Lundy in 'Dancing at Lughnasa' directed by Julie Kelleher, Everyman Theatre Cork August 2nd - 26th http://www.everymancork.com/whats-on-2/

Finally ...It is opening night for Hana Kelly and her brother Sam who take to the stage in 'Hairspray' in the Helix  http://thehelix.ie/



July News...

Congrats this week to, Kojii Helnwein who was booked for a role in Striking Out Season 3 as was new comer to Castannettenow Grainne Boyle who arrived making her mark! Also Congrats goes to Joanne Brennan who was booked for an amazing role in an American Drama shooting end of the month and last but not least Brendan Sheehan who joins John Colleary on Bridget & Eason Season 3. 

Good news in for Mark Lavery - Handsome Devil went on Netflix worldwide yesterdayHere’s a link to a piece from Lovin Dublin Read all about it!: https://lovin.ie/entertainment/one-of-the-best-irish-movies-in-years-is-on-netflix-from-today

Theatre news:  Break a leg to, Lisa Tyrrell isappearing currently in ‘Absolute Beginners' by Diane Crotty running in the New Theatretill July 22nd 7.30p.m. http://www.thenewtheatre.com/ Lisa has also been cast in a new play ‘The Kill God’ by Eoghan Rua Finn directed by Laura Way and it will staged in the Wexford Opera House from 31st August to 3rd September.  To Eva O’Connor currently appearing in the Edinburgh Fridge with ‘The Friday Night Effect” playing the role of Colletehttps://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/friday-night-effect TheFriday Effect comes to the Main Space Smock Alley in Dublinfrom the 20-23rd Sept as part of the Dublin fringe. Eva is also booked with BBC Radio Belfast to read her play’ The Midnight Sandwich” next week. Finally busy times to for Jeanne O Connor she is in the Everyman Theatre rehearsing for the role of Agnes Lundy in Dancing at Lughnasa directed by Julie Kelleher http://www.everymancork.com/2017/08/dancing-at-lughnasa/ Previews from: 2nd August 2017 Opening Night: 4th August 2017 Closing Night (Cork): 26th August 2017