In Contra a young man in the Irish Midlands is committed to doing whatever it takes to avoid reality following a recent tragic event. But too much escapism could render him lost for good…
My latest short film was shot in Tullamore, Co. Offaly and Dublin. Most of the filming took place at the end of November 2018, with additional scenes shot in early 2019. It’s directed by Daragh Murphy of November Seven Films, and stars Darragh O’Toole, Patrick Molloy, and Kyle Hixon.
See the trailer, and meet the crew, below:
Contra Teaser Trailer
The Contra Crew:
Darragh O’Toole (Role: Contra)
Darragh is known to audiences at home and abroad for playing Conor Tyrell in the TV series Red Rock from 2015 to 2018. He played the leading role in the feature film South, and made appearances in the sitcom Moone Boy and the award-winning film A Date for Mad Mary. He’s also starred in a number of short films and music videos, including Sinead O’Connor’s 4th and Vine.
Patrick Molloy (Role: Thomas)
Patrick has worked in television, film, and stage. He had his first performance in 1990 with a Theatre company and performed with them for two years. He then went on to perform in Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. He joined the Gaiety School of acting and completed the advanced performance year focusing on the Stanislavski method. Patrick trained with the Irish Film Actors Studio and from there decided to focus his career in Film and Television, appearing in a number of television series and films including the award-winning short, Skunky Dog.
Kyle Hixon (Role: Cathal)
Kyle is a recent graduate of The Lir Academy, Trinity College Dublin. He’s appeared in a number of plays, including Blackout (Lyric, Belfast), Borstal Boy (Gaiety Theatre), and In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (Some Yanks Theatre Company). Some of his theatre credits at The Lir include The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Seagull, The Winter’s Tale, and The Ash Fire. He‘s also appeared in film, taking on roles in Bus To Dublin, Ghost Gaff, Blue Dawn, and Monged, amongst others.
Daragh Murphy (Director)
Daragh studied at the prestigious New York Film Academy before returning to Ireland and setting up his production company, November Seven Films. He has directed award-winning music videos and commercials, working with the likes of U2, HBO, Google, Facebook, and the IRFU. He’s manned projects in the U.S., India, and all over Europe.
Shane Coules (Writer)
Shane’s penned a number of short films and the feature film A Day Like Today, which has been called “a touching picture” (Dublin Inquirer), with a “thoughtfully paced, sensitive script” (Film Ireland). He’s also a published short story writer, has many other feature scripts he’s preparing to shop, and has written a novel.
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