Writer/director: Welby Ings
Seventeen-year old Jim is a small-town boxing hero who carries the hopes and dreams of his father Stan on his shoulders. His growing relationship with local boy, Simon, forces him to confront the truth about his sexuality, and choose his own future.
Short Stop Motel
Writer: Kelly Kilgour
Director: Paul Murphy
Serena manages a small-town motel where she cares for her son Ben, who has a congenital heart disorder. Ben yearns to hit a home run with the school softball team, just like his best friends Conway and Jesse, but his heart condition and Serena’s concerns are holding him back. When the mysterious John checks in, he offers an opportunity for the lonely Serena to find companionship, and for Ben to learn some new softball skills. John also encourages Serena to continue pursuing her love of singing. When the police unexpectedly arrive, John makes a hasty retreat and Serena and Ben learn he has a troubled past. Ben makes the decision to go for his home run, against doctor’s orders, and Serena accepts his need to live life to the full is more important than the potential consequences.
A heart-warming, low key drama with the potential for powerhouse performances from its leads. There won’t be a dry eye in the house….
Lowdown Dirty Criminals
Writer: David Brechin-Smith
Director: Paul Murphy
Producer: Sadie Wilson (In association with Lowdown Productions)
Young man Freddy throws in his job delivering pizza so that he and buddy Marvin can follow a life of crime. Freddy believes it's their road to success and happiness, but after botching a straightforward job, their boss Spiggs sends them on a fool’s errand -- to kill gangster Donny Kong who's been sleeping with his wife. It catapults them into a sequence of hilarious events that will threaten their lives and force them to re-evaluate what they really want.
A low-fi, high stakes farcical comedy, combining the loopy antics of Dumb and Dumber with the tight plotting and extreme violence of Pulp Fiction, and lavish helpings of awkward kiwi humour
Writer: Barbara Burke
Orla has moved back to her native Dublin, after 10 years in Australia and a messy break up. Looking for a place to live she moves into a small flat on the city fringe. Her formidable landlady, Agnes, doesn’t appreciate Orla’s bohemian lifestyle, but nonetheless they soon find some common ground and an unlikely friendship begins to blossom.
When Orla discovers she’s pregnant after a one night stand, she has to make some tough choices. Her decision to go to London for an abortion threatens to derail her new found equilibrium and destroy her friendship with Agnes.
Set in Dublin and London, Orla is a tragic, heartwarming, and ultimately uplifting story of a young woman going through hard times. Orla explores themes of addiction and the choices we make in life. Taking no prisoners, this gritty tale takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride and rewards them with an authentic, bittersweet ending.
Finding Tom Connor
Writer Sarah Nathan
Based on the book of the same name by best-selling NZ author, Sarah-Kate Lynch
Kiwi girl Molly’s perfect life with perfect fiancé Jonathan is thrown into perfect chaos when she catches him cheating a week before their wedding. She escapes the fallout by following her mother Bobs from New Zealand to a small village in Ireland, on a quest to find a long lost relative. There, she meets charmingly chaotic Irish man Padraic, who has a few secrets of his own.
Don’t Fence Me In
Writer/Director: Miles Murphy,
Writer: Brian Challis
Inspired by the book `The Big Huey’ by Greg Newbold
When Pete, a young burglar, meets Wendy, a rich bored schoolgirl, they fall in love while committing a series of robberies that culminates in their arrest. When Wendy breaks into the prison to be with Pete, the path of true love is anything but smooth!
A Walk in the Park
Writer/Director: Miles Murphy
Based on the radio play "Attitude" by Stuart Hoar.
James and Laura are trying to get to the park, and they’re both stuck. Their meeting at a pedestrian crossing helps them find their way, in more ways than one.