Friday, June 01, 2018

A sunny evening screening of 'Taking Stock'

Writer and director of 'Taking Stock' Siobhan McMahon, with Kildare County Council Arts Officer Lucina Russell, and Mayor of Kildare Cllr Martin Miley.
On a sunny summer evening there are few nicer places than the river bank area at the back of Kilcullen's Heritage Centre, and that's where most people were during the wine reception in advance of the screening of 'Taking Stock' last night, writes Brian Byrne.

The short film from Babyjane Productions was being given a special showing for people in the area who had helped in the production.

Among those present was Mayor of Kildare Cllr Martin Miley and Kildare County Council's Arts Officer, Lucina Russell — the production had received funding from the Council under its Kildare Short Grass Films initiative, which brings together both professional and aspiring film makers in the county with the intention of creating a film cultural legacy.

The film tells the story of a farmer who battles through the aftermath of a cattle raid. It explores the affect this has on him and his family and how one copes in tough circumstances.

Mayor of Kildare Cllr Martin Miley with actor Rachel Lynch and producer Emma Owen, at the screening of 'Taking Stock'.
"This story is not unique to Ireland," says producer Emma Owen of Babyjane Productions. "It happens all around the world. Thieves never think of the consequences their actions have on the farmer and their families. It’s a story that will resonate with all audiences ... a beautiful, poignant and searingly honest portrayal of marriage and human emotions in a difficult time."

'Taking Stock' was written and directed by Siobhán McMahon and stars Kelly Gough, Michael O’Kelly and Kildare resident young Rachel Lynch.

Local area sponsorship came from Crean's Place Restaurant, and Annette McMahon's Ashover Lodge in Kilgowan, and the farm scenes were shot at Mark McCormack's farm in Baronsland, Kilgowan.

Mark McCormack, whose farm was used in the film, with his children.

Nessa Dunlea, Margaret Dean of Calverstown; Peggy Donnelly, Athy; and Laurie McMahon and Annette McMahon, both of Kilgowan.

Frank and Yvonne Murray, Suncroft.

Tadhg O Cruadhlaoich with assistant set designer Collette Wrafter.

Brendan Swan, stunt man; with Conor Hergarty, stunt coordinator.

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