Castleisland Film-Maker’s ‘Uisce Beatha’ on TV Tonight

Award winning director, Shaun O'Connor pictured at work on a project.  Photo by Brian Benjamin Dwyer.
Award winning director, Shaun O’Connor – pictured here at work on a project. Photograph: Brian Benjamin Dwyer.

Uisce Beatha is the title of a short film from the Cork-based creative team of Castleisland native, Shaun O’ Connor and Tadhg Hickey. You can see the film just after mid-night tonight on Shortscreen on RTÉ Two 12:05 am.

Set in 1912, ‘Uisce Beatha’ is the true story of Tom, a young man who leaves his home in rural Ireland to cross the ocean on the ill-fated ‘Titanic’. But a night of celebration beforehand results in a twist that will affect Tom’s fate drastically….

This ambitious and award winning film was researched, written, cast, shot and edited in exactly one month, with a total budget of less than 300 euros, an impressive achievement for a film set in 1912.

Filming took place in various stunning locations around County Cork, including Cobh, Riverstown, Glanmire, Ballinhassig, Whitegate and the cliffs of Ballycotton. A key scene was filmed in the famous Castle Inn, on North Main Street in Cork City, and the section where Tom travels to Queenstown was partially shot on the Suir Valley antique railway, in Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford. Locations in Cobh town were scouted out with the aid of Dr. Michael Martin, who runs the popular ‘Titanic Trail’ walking tour of the town.

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