Prison Door – Press Release
RTE WILL PREMIERE SHORT FILM
WRITTEN BY DERMOT HEALY ON HIS BIRTHDAY.
On November 9th 2020, RTE Shortscreen will broadcast the TV premiere of the short film ‘Prison Door’, which was written by Dermot Healy before his untimely death in 2014. November 9th is a special date as it is also the birthday of the beloved writer who grew up and spent much of his life in Cavan.
Booker Prize-winner Roddy Doyle once described Healy as “Ireland’s greatest living writer” and the late Seamus Heaney called him “the natural heir to Patrick Kavanagh”. The late Eugene McCabe said Healy was “one of the great masters of Irish writing”.
‘Prison Door’ is based on one of Healy’s experiences while working in a prison. It tells the story of a young prisoner who never leaves his cell and a bird at his window with a message for him. The ‘Kafkaesque’ short was filmed in the historic H-Blocks in Long Kesh Prison near Belfast. Ciaran Flynn (who played the young Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen’s ‘Hunger’) performs the central role of a young prisoner struggling to leave his cell when the door opens each day.
The Ireland/Estonia/UK co-production was directed and produced by Kevin McCann for Maccana Teoranta film production company based in Belturbet. The production designer was Cavan-based Joseph Doherty (Redemption of a Rogue/Black 47).
‘Prison Door’ is supported by Cavan Arts Office, Cavan County Council, Screen Director’s Guild of Ireland and Arri Cameras-Germany. It was co-produced by the Oscar-nominated AllFilm in Estonia with post-production at Belfast-based Yellow Moon (Game of Thrones).
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