Dublin-based Fastnet Films are producers Macdara Kelleher and Morgan Bushe, plus director Lance Daly. Right now, they’re at the forefront of an exciting new wave of Irish cinema, overseeing noteworthy features, television programmes and shorts at a dizzying rate. In the process, Fastnet are nurturing a stable of remarkable home-grown talent, like filmmakers Rebecca Daly, Andrew Legge and Ross McDonnell, as well as in-house creative dynamo Lance Daly himself. In a few short years, they’ve enjoyed both critical and box-office success, been fêted at Toronto, Tribeca and Cannes, and bagged numerous international awards. The consensus suggests they’re only getting started.
Having deftly mastered the fine art of European coproduction, Fastnet Films have lensed projects in Hungary, Slovenia and Sweden, alongside ones in Connemara, Cork and Offaly. If a common thread can be drawn through their eclectic output to date, it’s a deep-felt empathy for the vicissitudes of the human condition, infused with a nigh-upon-tangible love for the cinematic medium and its infinite possibilities. To celebrate the release of their latest production, The Other Side of Sleep, this brief season offers highlights from Fastnet’s catalogue, with each feature preceded by a short selected for its thematic resonances. Viewed together, they already make for a formidable body of work.
Introduction and notes on individual films by Derek O’Connor.
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