This year’s Young Irish Film Makers summer film production, First Confession, will see actress Pauline McLynn, comedian Karl Spain and some local well-known faces starring along with the cast of young people.
Based on the famous short story by Frank O’Connor, the film will be shot in and around Kilkenny from Monday next until July 15. Mike Kelly has written the screenplay adaptation and will direct the short film.
Young Irish Film Makers has adopted a new policy of using professional actors in the lead roles in its major productions. This year’s film will feature Pauline McLynn (Shameless, Father Ted) as Miss Ryan, and comedian Karl Spain as Father O’Connell. Local actors, and long-time supporters of YIFM, Brendan Corcoran, John Morton, Ger Cody and Aoife Roche will also be playing parts in the film.
The child actors are all from Young Irish Film Makers acting classes and are led by young Ferdia Roche as Jackie, a young boy who is due to make his first confession before receiving his first holy communion. Jackie fears confessing his terrible sins because they include trying to kill his spiteful sister with a breadknife and planning to kill his grandmother, who walks barefoot around the house and drinks porter. The film follows poor Jackie as he struggles to keep from murdering his enemies, avoid the fires of Hell and cope with the mysteries of a dark confession box!
Other children starring are Andi Snyder as Jackie’s evil big sister Nora and Odhrán O’Shea as Jackie’s best friend Bill.
The film will have Kilkenny and Dublin premieres in October 2011 and will then screen in film festivals worldwide.