A West Cork production company’s new short film is available to view on RTÉ’s online platform.
Stori Creative, in Skibbereen, was granted €31,500 as part of Storyland 2019. The latter, an initiative run by RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen, gives emerging Irish creative talent an opportunity to make original dramas available to a wider audience on RTÉ Player.
Stori Creative’s final product, a short film entitled Yellow Bird, went live earlier this week, much to the delight of writer and director, Gráinne Dwyer.
“We were so delighted to procure the funding and we were honoured that a company so remote managed to get the contract,” she told The Echo.
“The Storyland experience catapulted us, as a company, to get the opportunity to work with a larger crew.”
Gráinne was inspired by the refugee and housing crises, two of the biggest issues in Ireland.
Yellow Bird is the story of a widow who takes in a refugee. Authenticity was essential to Gráinne and, along with producers, Fiona Dwyer and Zoe Brennan Whitmore, she cast a real refugee, Maurice Thom.
The production was shot in Skibbereen and Castletownshend, with an estimated local economic impact of €77,000. They employed a crew of 25 people.
Co-founded by Gráinne and her second cousin, Fiona, Stori Creative is based in the Ludgate Hub, with a team of seven, and has worked on productions for DHL, Carbery, Heineken, and Unicef.
“It was lovely to get the opportunity to work on something a little more creative,” Gráinne said.
”Hardy Bucks got their start from Storyland, so the opportunity to reach a wider audience is fantastic,” she said.