Festival Round-up / by Steve Fanagan

The last few days have seen three different Ardmore Sound posted films have their international premieres. Both Glassland and The Hallow screened at this year's Sundance Festival, while Big Bang in Pyongyang was shown as part of Slamdance.

Selected as part of the World Cinema Dramatic line-up, Glassland, which was an award winner at this year's Galway Film Fleadh, was written and directed by Gerard Barrett (Pilgrim Hill) and was produced by Ed Guiney (‘Frank’, What Richard Did’, ‘The Guard’) and Juliette Bonass (‘Get Up and Go’) for Element Pictures. It tells the story of John, a young taxi driver on the fringes of the criminal underworld, who, in a desperate bid to save his mother from a crippling alcohol addiction and reunite his broken family, is forced to take a job which drives him further into Dublin’s dark underbelly.

Jack Reynor's lead performance as John earned him the Special Jury Award for Acting in the World Cinema Dramatic section at the festival.

Here are some of the reviews from Sundance: Indiewire, The Hollywood Reporter, The Seventh Row, Slug Magazine, The Guardian, The Film Experience


Full sound post on the film was carried out at Ardmore Sound and Screen Scene:

Sound Designers: Niall Brady and Steve Fanagan
Sound Re-recording Mixer: Ken Galvin
Mixed in Centre Stage 2, Screenscene

Premiering in the Park City at Midnight strand, The Hallow is the debut feature film from director Corin Hardy, it was written by Hardy and co-writer Felipe Marino, and produced by Joe Neurauter and Marino for Occupant Entertainment, with Fantastic Films as Irish co-producers. It tells the story of a London-based conservationist who moves to Ireland with his wife and infant child to survey an area of forest believed to be hallowed ground by superstitious locals, his actions unwittingly disturb a horde of demonic creatures who prey upon the lost. Alone and deep within the darkness of the remote wilderness, he must now fight back to protect his family against the ancient forces’ relentless attacks. Here are some of the reviews from Sundance: The Hollywood Reporter, Bloody Disgusting, Arrow in the Head, Variety, Hitfix, Comicbook.com, Shock Till You Drop

Full Sound Post on the film was completed by Ardmore Sound:

Sound Designer/Supervising Sound Editor: Steve Fanagan
Dialogue and ADR Editor: Niall Brady
Foley Editor: Michelle McCormack
Assistant Sound Editor: Jennie Breen
Foley Mixer: Jean McGrath
Foley Artist: Caoimhe Doyle
Sound Re-recording Mixers: Garret Farrell and Steve Fanagan
Mixed on The Main Stage, Ardmore Sound

Big Bang in Pyongyang, directed by Colin Offland, is a feature documentary that offers ‘an intimate behind the scenes look at Dennis Rodman’s unlikely friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and the staging of the most controversial game of basketball the world has never seen.’ Big Bang is nominated in the category of Best Documentary Feature at this years Slamdance Festival. Here are some reviews: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The Salt Lake Tribune

Full Sound Post on the film was completed by Ardmore Sound:

Supervising Sound Editor: Peter Blayney
Sound Re-recording Mixer: Ken Galvin
Mixed the film in Centre Stage 1, Screenscene