Miriam recently wrote, produced and starred in the short film RUNNING COMMENTARY, which is doing the festival rounds for the season 2015/16. Her next short film SOCIAL BODIES is in preproduction.
Other recent film work includes the features SOULSMITH (Whim Productions), RIFFED (Red Kremlin Films) and SKELETON KREW (Darragh Clancy) and short films DARKMATTER (Just a Little Prod.), ROBBIE THE RABBIT (IADT Graduate Short) FOOD FIGHT (Fight Back Films/Cannes Court Métrage 2015), SEPARATE VOCATIONS (CIT Films), SEEDS OF DOUBT (Tedʼs Beard Productions) and REEL GOOD (Maxwell Films).
Miriam is a regular presenter on RTE JR with such programmes as PIC-A-STORY, SHHH… ITʼS QUIET TIME, and STORYTIME and has been a recurring character on FAIR CITY playing a counsellor Edel. She recently portrayed Elizabeth OʼFarrell in TG4ʼs docu- drama CUMANN NA MBAN.
Miriam sings with the SONGS IN THE KEY OF D choir, who regularly sell out the National Concert Hall, and have just recorded their first studio album. They also support Irish bands Aslan, Picturehouse and Something Happens on stage and TV. Stage work includes A GREY AREA (The House Presents), Berkoffʼs LUNCH (Dublin Fringe), HYDE & JECKYL (Dublin & Prague Fringes), LEONCE & LENA (Galloglas National Tour), A FAMILY AFFAIR (BDNC Theatre), BRIDIE & VIOLET and Irelandʼs first fully masked show WHEEL (Carpet Theatre).
Miriam graduated with a BA in Drama & Theatre Studies from Trinity College Dublin.
MARK MCAULEY is best known for appearing in the second season of the globally successful TV series ‘Vikings‘. He also starred in the Zanzibar produced feature film ‘Saol’ and most recently in ‘The Genius of George Boole’ and the short films ‘Penrose’ and ‘The Devil’s Ball’ as well as the most recent RSA commercial. Mark is not only a critically acclaimed actor on both screen and stage, but is also an awarding winning filmmaker in his own right having written, directed and starred in the short film ‘Connection’.
He has also produced DysFunctional Fitness (shortlisted for RTE’s Storyland) and The TV pilot ‘Changeling’ (working title) and is the owner of the Film production company Zoology films.
In 2014 he directed his first professional play ‘Anonymous’, and is directing the new play ‘One Night Forever Ago’ written by Gareth Stack later this year. Mark facilitates acting workshops in both his own courses and with a VEC. He has also run a series of workshops with DIT Kevin Street as well as working with a number of businesses.
He trained at the Stansilavski Studio at the Focus Theatre under Tim Mc Donnell and has workshopped with acclaimed LA acting coach Anthony Meindl.
Hilary Bowen-Walsh hails from the far flung wild West of Ireland and has trained in drama, film and theatre studies in Cork, Paris, and Dublin. She has trained in classical and contemporary dance, speaks fluent body language and is delighted to join the cast and crew of ‘The Betrayal.’ She will be performing next on stage as part of Smock Allies: Scene and Heard Festival.
Stephanie is a stage and film actress, known for performances in Silent Echoes, The Telephone Exchange, The Mariettas and Once In A While The Odd Thing Happens. She’s currently preparing to play Serena Hickey in T’was the Night Before Xmas, a new play from David Butler, the winner of the Scottish Community Drama Award 2013/14.
Stephanie joins the cast of The Betrayal as the Tanya.
NATASHA WAUGH graduated from UCD with a BA Hons in English & Film Studies. Upon graduating, she co-founded the independent Irish production company Fight Back Films, with fellow director Richard Keaney, with an aim to create high-quality short films and viral video content.
Natasha directed her first short film Food Fight (2014), which she also wrote, and which had its debut at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. She has also directed Running Commentary (2014); a collaboration with actress and screenwriter, Miriam Devitt. The short debuted at the inaugural Dublin Feminist Film Festival in 2014, and is also part of the official selection of the 2015 London Feminist Film Festival.
She has also produced and Assistant Directed on the short film Recoil, a surrealist crime thriller, which was in competition at the Dublin Short Film and Music Video Festival, and part of the Toronto Videodrunk.
She has recently produced an Irish language short film, ‘Bás’, now in post-production.
Natasha has just wrapped her latest short film as a writer/director, ‘Lag’, and in September 2015 she directed a promo for the Women’s Museum of Ireland.
Natasha’s next short film, Terminal, is currently in pre-production and is slated for shooting in February 2016.
Drew Maitland is an Assistant Director who has dedicated the last six years of his life to the Irish film and television industry, contributing to a wide spectrum of projects from Simon Fitzmaurice’s My Name is Emily and Gerard Barrett’s Smalltown to Showtime’s Penny Dreadful and HBO’s Game of Thrones in a Trainee Assistant Director capacity. He has also contributed as 3rd Assistant Director to American Director Robert Koen’s Wifey Redux and TV3’s Red Rock. His most recent credit to date is as 1st Assistant Director on Kamila Dydyna and Natasha Waugh’s The Betrayal.
Screenwriter, Producer, and Director Michael O’Dwyer studied Film & Television Production at Ireland’s National Film School IADT with a particular love for cinematography and screenwriting. Putting his full focus on writing in 2010 as an original member of the WGI Dublin Screenwriters’ Group, Michael is now a highly regarded scriptwriter and editor and has recently worked in development on a prestigious upcoming Irish American feature film. Along with developing feature film projects towards production with Eilís Abbott in their company Driftwood Doll Films, he has also worked one on one with a number of independent Irish filmmakers at every stage of the script development process with a keen eye to creative collaborations.
After founding Driftwood Doll Films with Eilís Abbott in 2014, Michael produced two short films, “Contact” and “Afterthought”, worked behind the scenes as an associate producer on two upcoming feature films, and has now written and directed “Dead Inside”, a short film about a self-destructive homeless young man’s solitary odyssey around Dublin.
In a busy 2016, Driftwood Doll Films have slated several projects for production; writer / director Kamila Dydyna’s LGBT short “The Betrayal”; a true life feature thriller “Turning Point” with Joe Lynch; a psychological horror short “Henry Kills the Devil” written by Michael to be directed by Eilís, and towards the end of the year production will begin on DDF’s darkly comedic coming of age punk feminist feature “Driftwood Dolls”. This will be alongside the release and festival runs of already in post-production short films “Afterthought” by Sinead Ralston, and “Dead Inside.”
Eilís Abbott graduated with a BA Hons in Audio Visual Media in 2008 from ITT Dublin, and subsequently with an MA in Film Production and Direction from the prestigious Huston School of Film and Digital Media in NUI Galway in 2011, producing short documentaries Right to Be A Father and Last Resort; In 2014 Eilís co-founded Driftwood Doll Films, working as a producer and occasional editor on a variety of short films Afterthought and Dead Inside (both shot in 2015, currently in post production); Contact (2014).
After graduating from DCU’s BA in Communication Studies, Maud pursued a Master’s in Film Theory and History from Trinity College. Having both practical and theoretical knowledge of film, photography and the cultural phenomena that accompany the mediums allows her to have a discerning and critical eye for visual media.
At present Maud dedicates herself to pursuing a career in independent filmmaking – she has worked on various short films and undertaken the role of 3rd assistant director, production supervisor and most recently as a script supervisor.
She’s also working in the administrative department for Screen Scene post production where she has the title of Receptionist/ Office Manager and helps oversee the projects that are in post-production here.
Nikki Moss is a Film and Television Editor & Sound Designer with 25 years experience. He won an Irish Film & Television Award (IFTA) for his work on multi-award-winning feature film Patrick’s Day by Terry McMahon. He worked on productions like Ripper Street, Vexed, Oscar-nominated short Pentecost, and countless other projects. He’s also a recipient of 4 IFTA nominations in recent years.
Charlo is an award-winning Irish filmmaker. He has written, directed and produced a short video titled Irish Energy in 2014, a short film titled Positive Discrimination in 2015 and a short documentary titled Gone Viral in 2016.
During a successful international festival run with Positive Discrimination in 2015, it won Best Foreign Short Film at Los Angeles Independent Film Festival (LAIFFA) and also received the Special Mention Award at Miami Independent Film Festival in 2015. The lead actor Liam Burke was also nominated for Best Actor at LAIFFA. Charlo also picked up nominations at Kinsale Shark Awards for Best New Irish Director and Best Writing.
He teamed up with award winning writer and director Paul Webster for Gone Viral which will hit the Irish and international festival run in 2016.
Will is a film producer who also works as an Advisor with Norwegian Refugee Council in Afghanistan, and has years of experience in conflict-affected environments. He’s also pursuing a doctorate in peace and conflict, and practices documentary photography (www.willcarterphoto.com) He worked for the UK Ministry of Defence, War Child UK, World Food Program and others. Check out his full profile here.
Glen is an Irish Film Producer, Writer, Director, Musician and Composer born and raised to a young age by Irish parents in the beautiful Shakespeare’s town of Stratford-upon-avon in the United Kingdom before moving back to Limerick, Ireland where he now lives and works on Film and Music.
His musical creativity began at age 14 when he started to play traditional Irish music on guitar and join in on local pub ‘sessions’. At age sixteen he began penning his own songs and later fronted a rock band at age 18 doing covers of Oasis, Pearl Jam, U2, Nirvana, David Bowie, The Beetles and many more.
At age 17, it envisaged his dream to study Film & Theatre at Trinity College, Dublin but he felt the fees would have been too much of a burden on his parents and went to University of Limerick instead taking a Humanities Degree Course and later graduating as a Scientist. This was a turning point in his life but little did he know it back then. For the next 20 years almost, Glen worked hard at every job conceivable only to find out that none of them were what he really wanted.The missing link was always Film and Music.
Getting the right shoe to fit academically is not always an easy choice but Glen is now back on track having re-visited his early passion in life and is now writing stories and shooting his first few videos, short films and composing the odd song or two and more recently living his dream by getting involved in the production of feature films.
I began my career as a make-up artist almost 7 years ago in Brown Thomas in county Dublin, Ireland. Art has always been my passion, and make-up my forte. I was a tattoo apprentice before I began my career with BT. I’d had no previous expeirence at all, but quickly found my feet, and it took flight. Now with 7 years of experience behind me and more photoshoots and fashion shows than I could shake a make-up brush at here are a few of my accomplishments:
Fashion shows include Kilkenny’s Design Centre, Kilkenny’s Fashion Week, and The Grafton Design Academy Graduation fashion show (Dublin). I’ve had the pleasure of working with Lancome, Benefit cosmetics, Smashbox, stylist Cathrine Clondell, Marietta Doran and Karen Morrissey. On the corporate side, I’ve worked with Pfizer, Coors Light, AIG and Highbank Orchards.
I have worked with industry professionals such as Pauleen MaGlynn, Karl Spain, Rudolf Hetzel (Jewellery designer), Jenny Dixon, Moe Dunford, Colm Kenny Vaughan, Laars Winnerbeck, David Scott, Nigel Kenny and many others. I also had 3 solo exhibitions in Dublin & Cork where I showed my paintings: acrylic and oils on canvas and wood.
I’m Jennifer Corrigan aka Pixietoodle. I’ve been a hairdresser since birth. Growing up with a mother who worked tirelessly as a hairdresser from home I didn’t have much choice but to be involved in this art. At the ripe old age of 14 I started to help out at a local salon and since then my passion blossomed. I’ve lots of experience with big brands such as Schwarzkopf, L’oreal, Revlon, TIGI, and Alfaparf among others. This is my debut into the film industry, I feel privileged and very excited to be working behind the scenes on such a great short film. I love all areas of hairdressing however the process of a look coming together by means of a hairstyle is what really ticks my boxes. To me art is not recreating a look but perfecting it by adding my own personal touch. I have worked in many salons learning the tricks of the trade from many talented hairdressers along the way. I hope to pursue my career further in the film industry!