Tralee Filmmaker Raises Funds To Distribute Work Nationwide

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Filmaker, Bertie Brosnan

Filmaker, Bertie Brosnan

LOCAL filmmaker, Bertie Brosnan, is on the fundraising trail to try and get the short film, he wrote and directed, a nationwide distribution.

The film is called, ‘Sineater’ and stars Joe Mullins – who played the lead role in the award winning and critically acclaimed “Pilgrim Hill” which was also shot in Kerry.

The first of these fundraiser events, took place in St. John’s Theatre Listowel last night where Bertie, along with other people involved in the movie were showcasing their work.

The night featured the launch of the ‘Sineater’ trailer. Through fundraising events, Bertie is hoping to raise €2,300.

Sineater is a “mystery supernatural tale” about a successful young businessman who returns home home to meet his mother. Along the way he comes across a strange driver played by Joe Mullins.

“We shot the film in Tralee, but you’d have to be from town to spot that,” said Bertie.

“We’re hoping to have the premiere of the film in Siamsa Tire, with a couple of other films, so hopefully, if the fundraising is a success, we can do that,” said Bertie.

For ‘Sineater’, Bertie decided self-finance and shoot the film – which cost around €2,000 to make – first before going to raise funds for distribution.

Joe Mullins, star of 'Pilgrim Hill' and 'Sineater'.

Joe Mullins, star of ‘Pilgrim Hill’ and ‘Sineater’.

“It’s better that way, because sometimes people try to make money first, but we decided to invest in the film ourselves and then look for distribution money,” said Bertie.

“If we could raise that amount of money, we can distribute the film fully to about 35 international festivals,” said Bertie.

This is the second time Bertie has written and directed a professional film.

His first effort “Jacob Wrestling With the Angel” made it all the way to the Cannes Film Festival and a couple of Irish film festivals.

“I started out as an actor. I have a little part in this, but decided to give myself a bit of a break. The last film I did, I wrote, directed and was the lead actor. It was an insane amount of work to do,” said Bertie.

After ‘Sineater’, Bertie, hopes to shoot a feature-length film in Tralee before 2016.

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