Redmption of a Rogue has won two awards at the 2020 Galway Film Fleadh!
Redemption Of A Rogue shines at Galway Film Fleadh
The first feature length film written and directed by Philip Doherty won the Best Irish Film at the 32nd Galway Film Fleadh last night. Redemption of a Rogue shot in Cavan in early 2019 has been compared to the Coen Brothers and Fellini for its dark wit. Aaron Monaghan shines as the prodigal son, Jimmy Cullen, returned home to bury his father, the brilliant in death, Hugh O Brien. It’s not that simple, a nasty piece in life and in death the old man’s Will stipulates that he can’t be laid to rest on a day when it rains. This is a tall order in Cavan and leads Jimmy to rediscover his relationship with his brother Damien (Kieran Roche) a reconnection that starts with a head butt. Nobody in the fictional town of Ballylough, Co Cavan is enamoured to see Jimmy following his wasted past but he meets Masha (Aisling O Mara) a singer, reconnects with a past love and embarks on journey of redemption. Filmed around Cavan town and in Swanlinbar Doherty has engaged with local actors and well known writers including Shane Connaughton, a wonderfully dour shop keeper who waxes about the importance of rope width and Pat McCabe as the prophet like blues musician. A host of Cavan and Monaghan musicians crowd in dim lit pubs, windows and sodden alleys with a sultry score from Robbie Perry. The atmosphere is teeming with rain and the down beat yet strangely forgiving spirit that reclaims this distinctly Cavan soul.
Sarah O Reilly, Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council congratulated Philip Doherty on his successful debut. “Philip Doherty has brought pleasure to Cavan audiences for many years with his work with Gonzo Theatre. He has moved to the big screen and his brilliance and ambition is just as evident here as it was on the stage in Townhall during his years working with the Creatives of Cavan Arts and Culture Centre Limited. We are all very proud of his achievements in Cavan.”
Director of Services at Cavan County Council Eoin Doyle said “It is great to see the success of Philip Doherty at the Galway Film Fleadh. Philip wrote and directed a film in Cavan that brought together the entire community in the County to be part of this work. He has a great ability to gather people on the art making journey with him and this film is a testament to his talent and the high regard that he enjoys in County Cavan. Cavan County Council is delighted to have supported this work and we all wish him continued success.”
'I might just be the happiest man in the world... Up Cavan!' This was Philip Doherty’s comment to the Anglo Celt last night when the film won Best Debut Film and Best Irish Film.
The film was produced by Pale Rebel Productions and will be distributed by Wild Card. Producers include Emma Foley, Tamryn Reinecke, Karina Charles and Philip Doherty.