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ANGELS GUARD THEE
 
ANGELS GUARD THEE
 
East Coast Premiere

Director: Robert Higgins, Patrick McGivney

Ireland, 2018, 17min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2019
Category: Short Narrative
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Winner: BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY SHORT

Cast:  Brian Fortune, John Quinn, Jarlath Tivnan
Crew:  Producers: Jason Gaynor, Patrick McGivney, Robert Higgins, Tomas Devaney - Screenwriters: Robert Higgins, Patrick McGivney
Email:  patrickmcgivney82gmail.com

synopsis
Martin has been living a solitary life as a farmer in the midlands of Ireland for almost three decades. He came to the town from Belfast in the late eighties under mysterious circumstances and while he has managed to build a small network of friends, he has yet to feel fully embraced by the local community. His simple existence is interrupted by the arrival of Seamus, an old friend from the north one winter evening. Seamus claims the reason for his visit is the anniversary of a close friend of theirs who died thirty years earlier. Over the course of the weekend, the two men reconnect and reminisce about old times and lost loves, but as time goes on it becomes clear that there is a more sinister reason for Seamus' visit.

director
Robert Higgins is a director, writer and journalist and co-founder of Harp Media. He is represented by the Marianne Gunn O'Connor Agency. He recently co-wrote and co-directed his first short film ‘Angels Guard Thee' in Longford earlier this year, starring Brian Fortune (Game of Thrones) and John Quinn (Love/Hate) with his creative partner Patrick McGivney. He has four years' experience working in the media. He has created video content for the National Library of Ireland, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the Simon Cumbers Media Fund, amongst others. He was a Public Relations consultant for both DHR Communications and M+C Communications. His fiction has appeared in New Irish Writing, Irish Independent, RTE Radio One, Ropes, Wordlegs as well as anthologies by Doire Press and Abandoned Darlings. His journalism has featured in Irish Examiner, Irish Times, Hot Press, Irish Daily Mail, Drowned in Sound, JOE.ie, State, the Thin Air, among others. He was nominated for Emerging Writer at the Hennessy Literary Awards in 2014. He won the Student Short Story of the Year Award in 2013. His work has been shortlisted for prizes such as the Galway Pitching Competition, Over the Edge New Writer of the Year, Fish Short Story Award, Doire Press Chapbook Competition and the Student Media Screenplay of the Year. He has an MA in Communications and a number of filmmaking qualifications from Pulse Academy and Filmbase.

Patrick McGivney is director, writer, producer and co-founder of Harp Media. He is a Consultant on the Operational Effectiveness team within PwC's Advisory Consulting division. He recently co-wrote and co-directed his first short film ‘Angels Guard Thee' in Longford later this year, starring Brian Fortune (Game of Thrones) and John Quinn (Love/Hate) with his creative partner Robert Higgins. He has four years of experience providing support on numerous consulting engagements across a broad range of industries primarily within the Technology sector. He is currently specialising in Process Excellence and Change Management. His most recent engagements include a Process Design project with a Multinational Technology Company. He is a Business and Law graduate of University College Dublin with a Masters in International Business from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.
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filmmaker's note
The story of ‘Angels Guard Thee’ had its origins from about a year ago when we decided that we were interested in making a short film. We settled on the story of older men who had once been involved in a conflict who were attempting to live out their twilight years in peace. We felt that this was a perspective on war that has rarely been explored cinematically, particularly in an Irish context. We managed to secure a small amount of funding from the Longford Arts Council (about 20% of our budget) and used our own money to make up the rest of the budget. The next step was assembling our cast which included Brian Fortune (Game of Thrones), John Quinn (Love/Hate) and Jarlath Tivnan (Decadent Theatre Company). We then put together a seven-person crew including award-winning cinematographer Simon Crowe (Breathe). The film was shot in late November.

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