Monaghan-based production company Stony Grey Films’ debut short film Lose The Booze which was filmed in the beautiful Bragan Mountains of north County Monaghan in August 2011 was aired on RTE Shortscreen on Monday 1st April.
Being selected for broadcast on a national tv station is one of the highest honours for a short film to accomplish, apart from being nominated for an Oscar. Available on RTE Player until 22nd April here:
Lose the Booze centres on two estranged friends (Dermot played by Declan Reynolds and Seamie played by Patrick Bridgeman) who wake up the morning-after-the-night-before in the Bragan mountains in a stolen delivery truck, a full load of beer kegs and no clue how to undo the mess they are in. When they run into the local Garda (played by Tydavnet funny man Pat Deery), they need to put their differences aside and think fast how to Lose the Booze. Lose The Booze also stars Mark Holland from Cork and Roisin Treanor from Monaghan town in her screen debut.
The short comedy was written, directed and produced by Monaghan native Declan Reynolds, co-produced by Wicklow native Conor Hipwell and fellow Monaghan native Ronan Connolly. Declan Reynolds and Ronan Connolly previously spent five years working together filming a documentary ‘Death of a Hospital’ about the demise of Monaghan General Hospital. Damien Byrne from Dublin was Executive Producer.
The short film was filmed by DOP James Mulholland from Dundalk and camera man Gregory Murphy from Master Deerys, Emyvale on a Canon 550D and JVC HM-700 HD-Pro. Sound was recorded by James McKenna from Drumgeeny with expert advice and equipment supplied by his father Eamon McKenna. Make up and the roughed up / hungover looks were created by Professional Make Up Artist Azelia Jackson from Faulkland, Glaslough. Original music was composed by Darius McGann from Drogheda.
The short film was edited by Mark Watson from Maynooth, who also edited Declan’s webseries Trouble Times Three for RTE Storyland 2012. The webseries won third place in the RTE competition, chosen in the top 8 out of 86 entries to be funded by RTE into production for TV. The four webisodes were filmed around various venues in Monaghan town between December 2011 to May 2012.
The vehicles for the filming were kindly loaned by Celine Reynolds, Sean Sherry from Ballinode who kindly loaned his personal trailer truck for the short film (and who also makes a cameo appearance in the short film too), and James Patrick McCluskey from Scotstown who very kindly loaned his white car to be made up like as Pat Deery’s Garda car.
All the beer kegs were kindly donated by Master Deerys, Market Street and Seamus McKenna in The Brewery, Dublin Street. Warm dinners and respite from the cold for the cast and crew was kindly provided by the staff at the Sliabh Beagh Hotel in Knockatallon.
The short film premiered at the Clones Film Festival 2011 and won Best Comedy at the Naas Short Film Festival 2012.
For more information and photos, visit the Facebook fan page by searching for ‘Lose the Booze (Short Film)