Monday, September 8

Amy, Rob and "An" on why Education Matters

Sometimes a project gestates for so long, you think it might never happen as it sits "in development" in Hollywood-speak. We'd a long, but ultimately very worthwhile pregnancy* for this recently released web film I worked on for Focus Ireland from Javelin. Focus Ireland takes on such a challenge on our behalf, it's always great to have a chance to help. Its Education Matters initiative supported by Aviva looks to break the vicious cycle of homelessness and lack of education. So it's attacking a key cause as much as the despairing aftermath of becoming homeless.

Thanks to the generosity of everyone who got involved, starting with the "talent" of course, who were completely up for it from the get-go. And especially David who came back for a second day's shooting in Government Buildings where everyone was so helpful. Here he is on the hot line in the seat of power.

A big call-out also to Dara from Big FishIan Fitzgibbon and Jonny Speers who pitched in with that most precious of resources: their time*. And all at Screen Scene to get it over the line. It's not the first time Jonny and I have stepped out on a Focus Ireland spot together. Here's one we made earlier as they say, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and featuring Louise Lewis back in the day.

Oh and here we are with a gang of mates, smiling delusionally through the exhaustion on Lugnaquilla at the end of the exhilarating Four Peaks challenge a couple of years ago.