Co-Production

Films

This Must Be The Place (in post production, due for release 2012)

All Good Children

Dir:Paolo Sorrentino
Cast: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson
Co-Producers: Lucky Red, Indigo Film, Medusa Film, ARP Selection

BThis Must Be The Place is an Irish, French, Italian co-production shot in Ireland, the USA and Italy during 2010. The film tells the story of Cheyenne, a former rock star, who at 50, still dresses "Goth" and lives in Dublin off his royalties.

The death of his father, with whom he wasn't on speaking terms, brings him back to New York. He discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered. Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America.

All Good Children (2010)

All Good Children

Dir: Alicia Duffy
Cast: Austin Moulton, David Brazil, Imogen Jones, Jack Gleeson
Co-Producers: Caveman, Cinema Defacto, Artemis Productions

Based on a novel by Sam Taylor, All Good Children is director/writer Alicia Duffy's first feature film. It was filmed in France during the summer of 2009.

After the death of their mother, Irish youngsters Dara and Eoin are moved to France to stay with their aunt. There, the boys befriend a local English family and the impressionable Dara falls under the spell of their young daughter Bella. But when she begins to pull away, Dara's feelings for her start to get out of hand

Essential Killing (2010)

All Good Children

Dir: Jerzy Skolimowski
Cast: Vincent Gallo, Emmanuelle Seigner
Co-Producers: Skopia Film, Cylinder Productions, Mythberg Films

Essential Killing is a Polish, Irish, Norwegian and French Co-Production. The shoot took place in winter 09/10 in Israel, Poland and Norway.

The film follows the story of Mohammed, who is captured by the US military in Afghanistan and transported to a secret military black site. When the army convoy he is riding in plummets off a steep hill, Mohammed finds himself suddenly free and on the run behind enemy lines. A hostile, snow-blanketed forest, gradually reveals to be somewhere in the wilds of Eastern Europe. Relentlessly pursued by the military, Mohammed must constantly confront the need to kill in order to survive.

The Honeymooners (2005)*

The Honeymooners

Dir: John Schultz
Cast: Cedric The Entertainer, Mike Epps, Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall, Eric Stoltz, John Leguizamo
HKI Co-Production with Deep River Productions, Paramount Pictures, MMDP Munich Movie Development & Production

With scenes predominantly shot in Ireland during the summer of 2004, The Honeymooners was directed by John Schultz and produced by David T. Friendly who also produced the 2004 Pierce Brosnan Irish feature Laws of Attraction.

The Honeymooners is an updated movie version of the classic Jackie Gleason television series of the same name. The story involves two best friends, bus driver Ralph and sewer worked Ed, who hatch crazy schemes backed by their wives, Alice and Trixie, in an effort to get the homes they think they deserve.


* The Honeymooners was co-produced by Hells Kitchen International, a sister company of Element Pictures.

Laws of Attraction (2003) *

Laws of Attraction

Dir: Peter Howitt
Cast: Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore
HKI Co-Production: Deep River Productions, Irish DreamTime, Initial Entertainment Group

Laws of Attraction was a $40m co-production with David T. Friendly for Intermedia/New Line and was written by Aline Brosh McKenna.

Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan star in this romantic comedy as two famous New York divorce lawyers representing opposing clients in a divorce case. But can they make it as husband and wife themselves? Getting married is a great way to fall in love.

 

* Laws of Attraction was co-produced by Hells Kitchen International, a sister company of Element Pictures.

Television

The Silence (2010)

The Silence

Dir: Dearbhla Walsh
Cast: Douglas Henshall, Dervla Kirwan, Hugh Bonneville, Gina McKee, Genevieve Barr
Co-Producer: Company Pictures

The Silence is a four part drama for BBC One which was filmed in and around Dublin. Eighteen year old Amelia Edwards (introducing Genevieve Barr) has recently been fitted with a cochlear implant, enabling her to hear, but she struggles to accept that she has a place in the hearing world.

Breaking free from her over-protective parents (Gina McKee and Hugh Bonneville), she goes to stay with her party-loving cousins, homicide detective uncle Jim (Douglas Henshall) and warm-hearted aunt Maggie (Dervla Kirwan). Amelia witnesses the audacious murder of a policewoman, and is reluctantly propelled further into a loud and frightening world. The Silence is about an ordinary family where something extraordinary happens.

Single Handed 4(2010)

All Good Children

Dir: Thaddeus O'Sullivan
Cast: Owen McDonnell, David Herlihy, Ruth McCabe
Co-Producer: Touchpaper Television

This is the fourth series of the popular television series co-produced with Touchpaper Television for RDF Media. The 2 part drama series will be filmed in Connemara in spring/summer 2010 and broadcast on RTE later in the year. In this series, Garda Sergeant Jack Driscoll investigates the murder of an old man with a hidden past

Inspector George Gently(2009)

Inspector George Gently

Dir: Daniel O'Hara, Ciaran Donnelly
Cast: Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby
Co-Producer: Company Pictures

Inspector George Gently is a series of 4 x 90 minute programmes for the BBC. This is the third series of the popular program, following on from the success of George Gently 1 and 2, which were also filmed in Ireland as co-productions with Company Pictures

Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby return as Inspector George Gently and DS John Bacchus. Throughout the four episodes, set in 1960's Northumberland, the two investigate murders, robberies and rapes which lead them into murky worlds of corruption, blackmail, racial intolerance and sexual jealousy

Pure Mule: The Last Weekend(2009)

Pure Mule: The Last Weekend

Dir: Declan Recks
Cast: Garrett Lombard, Charlene McKenna, Diarmuid Noyes, JJ Feild, Gail Fitzpatrick
Co-Producer: Accomplice Television

Ed Guiney was Executive Producer of Pure Mule: The Last Weekend. Set in a modern midlands market town, unamed but utterly familiar, the original Pure Mule series (which Ed produced for Accomplice Television), first burst onto our screens in 2005.

Each episode focused on one particular character from Friday evening to Monday morning. Four years later we revisit the town and over the course of one final Last Weekend, the original friends reconnect and are forced to make choices that will affect the rest of their lives

A Heart's Desire (2009)

A Heart's Desire

Dir: Stefan Bartmann
Co-Producer: FFP New Media GmbH

A Heart's Desire is an adaptation of an original work by Robin Pilger, written by Gabriele Kister and directed by Stefan Bartmann. This 90 minute TV film for ZDF is set in Ireland and was shot in Westport, Co. Mayo.

A Heart's Desire follows the story of Jonathan, the founder of a traditional linen mill, and his family. Jonathan's daughter Kate has an adopted child, who begins to question her background only to uncover some agonising family secrets

Single Handed 3(2009)

Single Handed 3

Dir: Anthony Byrne
Cast: Owen McDonnell, Padraic Delaney, Marcella Plunkett
Co-Producer: Touchpaper Television

Single Handed was commissioned by RTE for a third series following the success of the first two installations. This 2 part drama series is co-produced with Touchpaper Television for RDF Media and was filmed entirely in Connemara.

When Garda Sergeant Jack Driscoll (Owen McDonnell) receives a midnight call to investigate activity on an isolated beach, he unwittingly stumbles into the middle of a Dublin run undercover drugs operation

The Take (2009)

The Take

Dir: David Drury
Cast: Tom Hardy, Brian Cox, Shaun Evans, Kierston Wareing, Charlotte Riley
Co-Producer: Company Pictures

Freddie Jackson is just out of prison. He's done his time, made the right connections, and now he's ready to use them. His wife Jackie dreams of having her husband home, but has forgotten the rows, the violence and the girls Freddie can't leave alone.

Families should stick together, but behind closed doors, jealousy and betrayal fester until everyone's life is infected. For the Jacksons, loyalty cannot win out. In their world everyone is on the take

George Gently 2 (2008)

George Gently 2

Dir: Ciaran Donnelly
Cast: Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby
Co-Producer: Company Pictures

The BBC commissioned Company Pictures to develop the series after the success of its pilot George Gently in 2007 which attracted a very significant audience of c.5 million for BBC films. George Gently 2 is two 90 minute drama episodes shot in Ireland and will be aired later this year.

Martin Shaw, one of the UK’s best known actors internationally is back as George Gently, as is Lee Ingleby as DS John Bacchus. It’s 1964 and the world is changing fast. Top writer Peter Flannery again brings to life one of the unsung heroes of detective fiction, George Gently, whose passionate investigations reveal the dark underbelly of a society on the cusp of change.

The Invisibles (2008)

The Invisibles / Desperados

Dir: Will Sinclair
Cast: Warren Clarke, Dean Lennox Kelly, Jenny Agutter, Paul Barber, Anthony Head, Emily Head.
Co-Producer: Company Pictures

The Invisibles (previously titled Desperados) is a series of six by one hour television episodes developed for BBC and was produced by Company Pictures. It was shot half in Belfast and half in and around Dublin. It will be aired later this year.

The series follows Maurice and Syd, old friends who return from the good life on the Costa del Crime, where they have spent their ill-gotten gains, to a quiet Devon fishing village, where they plan to eke out their retirement. However, the quiet life is not for them and, with money running short, they quickly find themselves drawn back into a life of crime, only to find that crime has moved on and they’ve got new things to learn.

Single Handed 2 (2008)

Single Handed 2

Dir: Anthony Byrne
Cast: Owen McDonnell, Ian McElhinney, Charlene McKenna, David Herlihy, Caroline Catz
Co-Producer: Touchpaper Television

First time around the clever drama attracted a 40% audience share on its broadcast and following on from this success, RTE commissioned the second installation, Single Handed 2. This two part drama series was developed by RTE and Touchpaper Television Limited, a subsidiary of RDF Media Group. It will be aired later this year.

Owen McDonnell plays probing Garda Sergeant Jack Driscoll who is on the case of a missing two year old boy. Locals point the finger at the boy’s father, but Jack, never satisfied with a simple theory, probes deeper, unveiling more hidden secrets in the picturesque village.

Rock Rivals (2008)

Rock Rivals

Dir: Syd Macartney
Cast: Michelle Collins, Sean Gallagher, Gary Cooke
Co-Producer: Shed Productions

Rock Rivals is an 8 part drama series currently being aired on ITV. It was produced by the award winning UK independent production company, Shed Productions and had Simon Cowell (X-Factor) on board as a story consultant.

Rock Rivals tells the story of two celebrity judges whose marriage falls apart and descends into a "War of the Roses" feud both on and off camera. It is a drama based on a combination of wild characters and pacey plots set against a world of ruthless ambition.

Mist Over Kilrush House (2007)

Mist Over Kilrush

Dir: Andi Niessner
Co-Producer: FFP New Media

Mist Over Kilrush, a 90 minute made for television German language film, is an adaptation of an original novel by Rosamunde Pilcher. Written by Marlis Ewald and directed by Andi Niessner, the story is set in Ireland and was shot in county Kerry with both German and Irish cast and a mix of German and Irish crew.

The story centres around the Kilrush family who own a horse stud in the south of Ireland. With the arrival of Patrick O’Connell, a horse whisperer from Utah, secrets and conflicts come to the surface and the lives of each member of the family will never be the same again.

The Old Curiosity Shop (2007)

Old Curiosity Shop

Dir: Brian Percival
Cast: Sir Derek Jacobi, Toby Jones, Zoë Wanamaker, Martin Freeman, Gina McKee, Josie Lawrence, Sophie Vavasseur
Co-Producer: Carnival Films

Martyn Hesford’s wonderful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic The Old Curiosity Shop was commissioned by ITV in 2007. The Old Curiosity Shop is a Carnival/WGBH Boston/Ingenious Broadcasting co-production with the participation of Bord Scannan na hÉireann/Irish Film Board.

The drama tells the story of little Nell who lives with her grandfather in his shop of curiosities. Unbeknownst to Nell, her Grandfather keeps his nocturnal gambling activities a secret, borrowing heavily from evil, profiteering loan shark Daniel Quilp. When he gambles away what little money they possess, Quilp seizes the opportunity to take possession of their beloved shop and it seems Nell and Grandfather are left with only one option - to escape.

Murphy’s Law 5 (2007)

Murphy’s Law 5

Dir: Colm McCarthy
Cast: Jimmy Nesbitt, Andrea Lowe, Tim Dantay, Jessica Oyelowo
Co-Producer: Tiger Aspect

Series 5 of Murphy’s Law, comprising three one hour episodes and co-produced with Tiger Aspect for BBC, returned to Ireland in the summer of 2007. Filmed on location in Ireland, Murphy’s Law was nominated for Best Drama Series or Serial Award in the Broadcast Awards 2008.

Following the mysterious disappearance of two undercover officers, Murphy (Jimmy Nesbitt) is forced back into the field to find and follow their trail. He enters a world of human trafficking, drugs and prostitution, befriending a vicious criminal ring of sex traders and putting himself at their disposal.

George Gently (2006)

George Gently

Dir: Euros Lyn
Cast: Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby, Phil Davis, Richard Armitage
Co-Producer: Company Pictures

This 90 minute television film was developed as a pilot for a series for BBC. Produced by Company Pictures, George Gently starred Martin Shaw and was directed by Euros Lyn (Doctor Who, Casualty).

Set in 1960s Northumberland at a time when the lines between the police and criminals have become increasingly blurred, Commander George Gently is one of a few good men. Gently has been forced out of the Metropolitan police and finds himself attached to a Northumberland branch confronting his nemesis responsible for the death of his beloved wife and his own fall from grace.

Baker Street Irregulars (2007)

Baker Street Irregulars

Dir: Julian Kemp
Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Anna Chancellor, Bill Paterson
Co-Producer: RDF

Baker Street Irregulars was a two part drama series developed by RDF Media Group for BBC. Set in London, the entire production took place in Ireland and was nominated in the Best Children’s Entertainment category in the Broadcast Awards 2008.

Baker Street Irregulars concerns a group of young street children who are recruited by Sherlock Holmes to help him solve crimes. Over the two episodes we follow them on a journey that sees them grow from being mere tools for Sherlock Holmes into investigators in their own right.

Single Handed (2007)

Single Handed

Dir: Colm McCarthy
Cast: Owen McDonnell, Ian McElhinney, Liam Carney, Laura Murphy
Co-Producer: Touchpaper Television

Single Handed was a two part drama series developed by RTE and RDF Media Group. Shot on Hi-Def, on location in Connemara, County Galway in October 2006, the series was directed by Colm McCarthy (Murphy’s Law, Dream Team) and was nominated in the Best Drama Series/Soap category in the 2008 IFTAs.

Jack Driscoll will discover that crimes committed today have their roots in secret crimes of times gone by. He will also discover that the corrupt network isn’t just a thing of the past – these men are now in positions of authority and power.

Return to the River (2006)

Return to the River Shannon

Dir: Stefan Bartmann
Co-Producer: FFP New Media

Based on the story A Wind for North by Rosamunde Pilcher and written by Gabriele Kister, Return to the River was set and shot on location in Ireland. This one hour 90 minute TV film was made for ZDF and co-produced with FFP New Media.

Return to the River is based on the lives of Anne, Robert and their daughter Elisabeth who run a high quality salmon farm by the Shannon River.

Rough Diamond (2006)

Rough Diamond

Dir: Simon Massey, Dermot Boyd
Cast: Conor Mullen, Stanley Townsend, Lorraine Pilkington, Eamon Morrissey, Ben Davies.
Co-Producer: World Productions

Rough Diamond was a six part family drama TV series for BBC by World Productions, the UK production company behind the highly successful Ballykissangel. Rough Diamond was shot entirely in Ireland.

Aidan Doherty is a struggling horse trainer who acquires a colt he never wanted, a son he never knew he had and decides not to sell out to the opposition in the form of Charlie Carrick, a studfarm owner, married to Aidan’s old flame, Yolanda. He now has a chance of a brighter future, a hope of redemption, but is he brave enough to take the reins?

Murphy’s Law 4 (2006)

Murphy’s Law 4

Dir: Colm McCarthy
Cast: Jimmy Nesbitt, Liam Cunningham, Shane Zaza, Francis Magee, Brian McCardie
Co-Producer: Tiger Aspect

Series 4 of Murphy’s Law comprised of three one hour long episodes for BBC1 and was fully shot in Ireland. It scored the top spot in the TV ratings chart broadcasting on television in both the UK and Ireland.

Based on the eponymous novel by Colin Bateman, Murphy’s Law stars James Nesbitt as undercover copy Tommy Murphy. Series 3 follows one undercover investigation in a continuous storyline.

Oceans Apart (2005)

Ocean’s Apart

Dir: Stefan Bartmann
Co-Producer: FFP New Media

Oceans Apart is an adaptation written by Gabriele Kister of an original novel An Ocean Apart by Robin Pilcher. Co-produced with German FFP New Media, set in Ireland and New Zealand, this 90 minute TV film for ZDF was filmed on location entirely in Ireland.

Oceans Apart is the story of Lord David Inchelvie who escapes to New Zealand after the death of his wife. Taking a job as a gardener for Jennifer Newman opens up a new friendship with Jennifer and her son, giving David hope that perhaps his wounded heart can one day be healed.