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A Man & Ink
Brenda Fricker gets a little animated at A Man & Ink
Galway based A Man & Ink is pleased to announce that we are in production on two new shorts of our very own. After working on the pre-school series Joe & Jack for the last 18 months we wanted to do something a little bit different, to give ourselves an early Christmas present, so one short wasn’t enough, we decided to make two.
We think it’s time for a bit of creative “us” time here at A Man & Ink, and it is our pleasure to work with Oscar Winner Brenda Fricker on our short A Stitch in Time.
A Stitch in Time is very special to us. It is being directed by Lorraine Lordan and it was originally a poem written by Marguerita Aoife Purcell, that we always felt could only really be translated to the screen in animation. It has being sitting on our proverbial back burner for 12 months now, waiting for us to have time to make it. We feel very privileged to have the great Brenda Fricker take on the lead role of Grannie Annie, our diligent protagonist.
In our story Annie is very purposefully but tenderly, sewing, mending and joining pieces of fabric together as she recites the poem of loss, forgiveness and getting stronger. As the film progresses it reveals that Annie’s task is a very personal one, revealing as it does that she is putting the pieces back together of her beloved granddaughter Lacey, who has been physically ripped apart. But with the tenderness and perseverance Lacey is pulled together again and with the care of her Grandmother together they take their first tentative steps back out into the world.
When one is not enough it’s better to have two, and our second short The Neighbours, directed by John Peavoy, tells the story of an elderly frog trying to find out who Scott Carrier is and why this Tom Cat is sitting oh so very high up in his tree, and how in the Lord’s name will he get him down.
The Film is based on the recordings of the real life Scott Carrier, a radio producer and Professor of Communications from Utah University. The original recording of the piece which is part of a larger set of recordings first featured on The Story with Dick Gordon as part of their Neighbourhoods – All Sides Now segment, broadcast on Friday July 15 2011.
The two shorts are scheduled for completion by Christmas at which point we shall be releasing them out into the world via various festivals and online.
Pegbar returns to the Science Gallery on Friday the 9th of November
There will be inspiring presentations from Jordie Bellaire (Marvel Comics) and Nora Twomey (Cartoon Saloon)
Pegbar is an Animation Networking Organisation operating in Dublin since 2008.
Since then, they have facilitated a number of presentations from celebrated artists,
filmmakers and storytellers such as Norton Virgien, Tomm Moore, Eamonn Butler
and Bruce Block. Pegbar has hosted a number of networking events, showcasing
animators’ work, as well as allowing animators to build new relationships and
generate possible opportunities within the animation industry.
This year’s event kicks off on the 9th of November at 5.30 pm. There will be plenty of food and drink available from the Science Gallery before guests settle down to
presentations in the Paccar Theatre. The presentations will be given by esteemed
artist Jordie Bellaire (Marvel Comics) and the renowned filmmaker Nora Twomey
There will some amazing raffle prizes up for grabs on the night with the winners
being announced in the Science Gallery before the after party in the Lombard pub,
Pearse Street. Log on to Pegbar’s Twitter or Facebook page for prize details and to
enter their exclusive online giveaway of a (?)
Tickets to this event cost just €6 and can be bought in the Science Gallery. It is
recommended tickets are bought early due to the phenomenal demand in previous
Contact: Ben Hennessy, Co-Director and Co-Founder of Pegbar
Mobile: 087 2875965