Thankless Films, the brainchild of two young Kilkenny entrepreneurs, has made it through to the final four of the career-making RTE Storyland competition. The company, created in January this year by local men Dermot Tobin and Dave Minogue, has shot to success, earning themselves a prestigious place in the closing stages of the competition. Entering the third round, the boys at Thankless Films need your help.
From an initial 120 entries received by RTE, the Kilkenny duo’s comedy drama “Rent A Friend” has proved a winner with online viewers, voting it into the final four of the competition, against entries from seasoned professionals with working histories with RTE and Channel 4, raking in a massive 39% of the vote in their first round. Thankless Films is up against stiff competition from entries from Limerick, Galway and Dublin to win the overall competition.
Thankless Films was launched under the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, with vital business support and guidance provided by Kilkenny Leader Partnership. Dermot Tobin had left college, while Dave Minogue, a photographer, had been unemployed for two years, when their idea to develop a Kilkenny based Video Production company was born.
“We had done a lot of video production work in the last two years before we finally went for it and officially launched Thankless Films in January. We knew we had the passion, knowledge and skill to produce high quality videos, but were unsure of the supports available to us to make a viable business happen. We’d like to thank Olivia Delaney and Fergal Blanchfield at Kilkenny Leader Partnership for clarifying a lot of the initially daunting process of becoming self-employed and then helping make our business dream a reality”, said Dave Minogue of Thankless Films.
The boys have also had their fair share of celebrity support from the most unexpected places; ranging from Geogre Cook and Bobby Kerr to Dustin the Turkey and even a write-up in the Huffington Post.
The third instalment in the quirky series will be available to watch online from noon today (April 27th), along with the opening of the voting polls for the incoming round. Tobin and Minogue both show their excitement at having finished the upcoming webisode, especially with the addition of Kilkenny acting veteran Joe Murray to the cast.
The people of Kilkenny are urged to show their support for Thankless Films’ homegrown talent in the competition by casting their votes online. To vote, log onto www.rte.ie/storyland.
You can also find Rent A Friend on www.youtube.com/storyland or www.facebook.com/RentAFriendRteStoryland.