YOUGHAL born Eileen McCarthy-Thompson with her husband Ger Thompson, whom she met in Dublin on a three year Theatre studies course, choose to follow their dream through to make a distinctive,unconventional, stylised 90 minute feature film on a minuscule budget. The film will have its World Premier in the Dun Laoghaire Underground Cinema Film Festival on Friday 14th of September at 8.30pm. - Screengrabs and video courtesy SKYPIE Productions
In October 2009 Ger was made redundant as a site foreman. Eileen took him aside while out walking in the woods and asked him what he would love to do in an ideal world. His response, “I’D LOVE TO MAKE A FILM”. She said “OK, LET’S DO IT.
According to Eileen “It’s been a labour of love, a personal vision where there were no mountains we weren’t going to climb to get it made. Film is not about one person, it’s a group project.” Eileen produced and co wrote the film while Ger took the leading role and directed the film with his brother Peter. THE THOMPSON BROTHERS worked closely to ensure the believable moments and subtlety within each scene were captured in the natural, realistic style they envisaged.
When asked what the film was about, Ger says “Ever since I was a young boy I have had a fascination with well known street characters. I remember my father telling me a story of a Dublin character in the fifties and sixties called Bang Bang who re-enacted cowboy gun battles using a large church key for a gun. It was at that moment I imagined making myself invisible and following him home to get a fly on the wall look at his private life.
Click on the short clip below to see Flower The Movie – Trailer 2012
Whether we admit it or not I think we all make assumptions about these characters be it consciously or subconsciously. Although I created the character FLOWER from my imagination I am pretty sure that most people know or know of a Flower type character. The idea was to go on a journey with FLOWER, to follow him home so to speak and to get a look at the private life of the man and not the character and to challenge assumptions. With all this in mind Peter and I made the decision to shoot the film as intimately as possible using mostly close up framing to capture the subtlety within each scene. We wanted this film to be more about what is not said.”
The film “Flower” is dedicated to the memory of Eileen’s Dad, Seán McCarthy RIP. Seán was originally from Sarsfield Terrace whose parents were Kitty and John Mc Carthy. Eileen can be heard on Community Radio Youghal Thursdays AT 6.30pm with her show “The Gallery” a show which focuses on the arts, heritage and alternative viewpoints. Ger can be heard singing locally with Youghal band Trina Cheile who will also be travelling to the premiere.
Ger has written all the songs for the feature film,he applied for the Waterford County Council Tyrone Gutherie Arts Bursary, which he won in 2011. The World Premiere of “Flower” is supported by the Waterford County Council.
Click on image to see screen grabs from the movie FLOWER