17 Aug 2022

Little sins on the big screen

The Young Irish Film Makers premiered their latest work at a red-carpet launch in the Set Theatre on Monday night.

The Young Irish Film Makers premiered their latest work at a red-carpet launch in the Set Theatre on Monday night.

The film adaptation of Frank O’Connor’s short story the First Confession is the first event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Young Irish Film Makers.

First Confession is the first production that involved members of Young Irish Film Makers and professional actors. Pauline McLynn, Karl Spain and Brid Ni Neachtain joined Kilkenny’s up and coming thespians Odhran O’Shea, Ferdia Roche and Andie Snyder on screen to tell the story of Jackie’s first confession.

Ten-year-old Ferdia Roche plays the role of Jackie. Ferdia was delighted to get the role after auditioning and is now looking forward to making more films in the future.

The film was adapted for the screen and directed by Mike Kelly.

Despite the old acting maxim of never work with children or animals, Mr Kelly said that the filming went off without a hitch. Mr Kelly said that the professional actors had been very impressed with the technical skills displayed by the 15- and 16-year-olds from YIFM who did all of the sound and lighting for the film.

“Pauline McLynn was highly impressed with the young people, she said that it was one of those days when work doesn’t seem like work,” said Mr Kelly. Not all the actors were as easy to work with. Mr Kelly said that having Karl Spain on set was just like having another 10-year-old to deal with and that setting the film in the 1950s was a nightmare due to all the props that were required.

Despite these difficulties Mr Kelly is very happy with the result. He is planning to enter the film into a number of film festivals and hoping to sell the film on to RTÉ.

The film itself runs to a little under 20 minutes and features a memorable cameo from YIFM veteran John Morton. It starts with the arrival of Jackie’s grandmother to stay with the family. Jackie can’t stand his grandmother and is faced with the dilemma of whether or not to kill her all in the run up to his first confession. If Jackie doesn’t confess his dark secret he’ll have made a bad confession, and be damned to hell for all eternity, according to his religion teacher played by Pauline McGlynn.

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