Sunday, 3 April 2011

The Shore


Terry George's latest offering, the short film "The Shore", had its world premiere at the Queen's Film Theatre on Friday night with a packed audience in attendance. Terry will soon begin work on a new feature film, entitled "Whole Lotta Sole", and he brought the film's two stars (Brendan Fraser and Martin McCann) to this screening. I was fortunate enough to get the chance to speak with both actors and they could not have been nicer or more happy to be there. You can read more about the project here:

Back to "The Shore", the short film is, in a word, sensational. George makes the most of Killough, an area in Ireland quite close to his and his family's hearts, in this project as he tells the story of two friends reunited following decades of separation, due in small part to The Troubles but due largely to a series of sensitive, personal circumstances. George followed the screening with a brief conversation where he described the main theme of the film as that of "reconciliation". I would hate to go into more specific plot details because it was such a truly wonderful viewing experience when I had no foreknowledge of the story. Only know that in 30 minutes you will find a sterling ensemble cast, moments of great laughs, and moments of touching sentimentality. But if you are anything like me, you will leave the film with a sense of great pride that such high calibre work is now being produced in Northern Ireland.

Anyone who reads this may think, "Huh? What? This is a pointless post!", but TRUST ME when I say: Run, don't walk, to the nearest theatre, TV or website where "The Shore" can be seen. It is magic.

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