Irish film company hope to reel in enough cash to make short film in Dublin

by Mark O'Brien

AN IRISH film company are appealing for help in crowd-funding to make a short film set in Dublin.

Ten Thousand Hours Films have reached 70% of their target and are hoping to get fully funded by the deadline of January 22.

The group have secured some private investment for the film but are hoping to raise €6,000 through crowd-funding.

The film, called I Didn’t, I Wasn’t, I Amn’t, is based on the hit Off Broadway play For Love, which was produced by the Irish Repertory Theatre and toured across Ireland.

Writer and director Laoisa Sexton said on Sunday: “With only 22 days left on our campaign, we are now at a crucial stage to reach our goal, and so we are appealing for your help most desperately.

“If 100 people donated 20 euro each we would reach our target.”

The film tells the story of a man and a woman who go on an impromptu date that they probably shouldn’t embark on.

It is described as a darkly funny and authentic and compelling story about people making all the wrong moves.

Laoisa said of the film: “It hits a raw nerve in our increasingly self-centred and emotionally impoverished society, incorporating themes, so instantly recognisable in our burgeoning isolating culture, and speaks to anyone with a heart who has made increasingly poor decisions and continues to do so.”

This will be Ten Thousand Hours’ second film. Their first was You Are Beautiful in 2015, starring Dearbhla Molloy, Laoisa Sexton, John Keating and Alan O’ Keefe.

It was well received at festivals and was shown this year on RTE Shortscreen.

Laoisa has written three produced plays since 2013 and performed in all of them.

All of her plays were produced Off Broadway.

As an actress, she has worked on stage, film and TV in New York City, UK and Ireland.

She will be joined for this film by Director of Photography Trevor Murphy, a Dublin based cinematographer who has worked extensively in Ireland.

His many credits include working on commercials, feature films and short films and music videos.

Laoisa said that the company were extremely grateful to everyone who has donated so far.

“We know it can be an expensive time of year for everyone and we are so unbelievably grateful to all our friends and family and accomplices who have got us this far – its an incredible achievement,” she said.

Donations can be made at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/i-didn-t-i-wasn-t-i-amn-t/

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