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henryandsunnyfilms


In a time of unprecedented economic depression, mass unemployment and civil unrest, one group has borne the brunt of society’s scorn – the clowns. Henry & Sunny is the bittersweet tale of Henry, an unemployed clown, in love with the famous soap opera actress, Sunny Carmichael. He writes her letters daily yet fear of rejection prevents him from disclosing his return address. Sunny, stifled by a sycophantic showbiz world, reciprocates Henry’s feelings but is tragically unable to reach him. Beautifully photographed in high contrast black & white, Henry & Sunny is a melancholy tale of true love against all odds. http://henryandsunny.blogspot.com/
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Henry & Sunny

Film
Film
Language: 
English
Production country: 
Ireland
Running time (In minutes): 
15 minutes
Theme: 
Romance
Category/Format: 
Short films
Student film: 
No
Poster: 
Henry & Sunny Poster designed by Paula McGloin
Production year: 
March, 2009
Film Credits
About the Director: 

FERGAL ROCK is the Writer and Director of Henry & Sunny

Fergal graduated from University of Limerick in 1999 with a BA in English Literature and Media & Communication Studies. In his final year Fergal directed and edited the short documentary Animal Attraction and wrote his thesis on the independent filmmaker Hal Hartley as auteur. He also hosted a weekly music show on college radio station, Wired Fm. Fergal spent a year in Italy on the Erasmus programme where he studied English Literature and International Cinema at the Università degli Studi di Firenze.

Fergal continued his education at D.I.T. and graduated with an honours MA in Film (Theory & Production) in 2002. There he wrote and directed the short film Homeless Blues and worked on a number of other projects in a variety of roles including cinematographer, editor, and production designer. Fergal was both sound recordist and sound designer on the award winning Full Circle. His thesis examined the relationship between structure and narrative in the films of Nicolas Roeg.

Since graduating from D.I.T. Fergal has studied 'The Fundamentals of Story Analysis for Film' and 'The Fundamentals of Scene Analysis for Film' through Screen Training Ireland (FETAC & UCLA) and the 'Robert Towne Screenwriting Masterclass' through Screen Training Ireland and the Galway Film Centre.

In 2004 Fergal wrote and directed the RTE/Filmbase short film, “Tom Waits Made Me Cry”. The film screened at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Kerry Film Festival, Mid-Ulster Film Festival, and was shown on RTE as part of the Shortscreen series.

Fergal was recently shortlisted for the Irish Film Board’s Virtual Cinema scheme. He is currently developing a number of screenplays for film and television.

His latest film, made in collaboration with Producer/DOP Orla Russell-Conway, is Henry & Sunny, the melancholic tale of an unemployed clown in love with a beautiful soap opera actress.

Fergal has also written a number of film reviews for The Mayo News.

Film director: 
Fergal Rock
Producer: 
Orla Russell Conway
About the Producer: 
Orla Russell-Conway is the Producer and D.O.P. of Henry & Sunny. Orla studied English literature & Geography for her Primary BA from UCD, graduating in 1998. She then went on to graduate with first class honours MA in Film (Theory & Production) from DIT in 2002. With numerous film and television credits to her name, primarily in camera and cinematography, including Director of Photography on the multi-award winning short film “Full Circle”, she has a strong background in film production. She has worked for both the Miller Dublin Film Festival and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival for over 9 years, Orla has proven her skills not only in a filmmaking environment, but also in film exhibition and event management. Orla founded and ran Dublin’s first ever regular short film screening series, Sunday Ghetto in 1999. In January 2006 she re-established Sunday Ghetto and ran a series of short-film screenings on a monthly basis throughout 2006, culminating in a high-profile grand final in December 2006, at which the Sunday Ghetto short film award for 2006 was adjudicated and awarded by a panel of filmmakers and industry professionals. She has also recently worked with South Dublin County Council teaching filmmaking to several different community groups in Tallaght and South Dublin (2007 – 2009). Orla’s talents as a gifted cinematographer and artist were recently recognized in her being awarded a substantial grant by the Arts & Disability Forum (an Arts Council of Ireland/Northern Ireland Arts Council joint-funded body), for the purchase of her own camera kit for the production of her own film projects. The first of these projects is Henry & Sunny made in collaboration with Writer/Director Fergal Rock.
Screenplay: 
Fergal Rock
Editing: 
Nick Callan
Film photographer: 
Orla Russell Conway
Sound: 
Mark Henry
Music: 
Sam Jackson
Art Director: 
Fergal Rock & Orla Russell Conway
Costume: 
Fergal Rock & Orla Russell Conway
Decor: 
Fergal Rock & Orla Russell Conway
Cast 1: 
Paulo Braganca
Cast 2: 
Dorothy Cotter
Cast 3: 
Gavin Prior
Cast 4: 
Tony Leddy
Cast 5: 
Sam Jackson
Film synopsis: 
In a time of unprecedented economic depression, mass unemployment and civil unrest, one group has borne the brunt of society’s scorn – the clowns. Henry & Sunny is the bittersweet tale of Henry, an unemployed clown, in love with the famous soap opera actress, Sunny Carmichael. He writes her letters daily yet fear of rejection prevents him from disclosing his return address. Sunny, stifled by a sycophantic showbiz world, reciprocates Henry’s feelings but is tragically unable to reach him. Beautifully photographed in high contrast black & white, Henry & Sunny is a melancholy tale of true love against all odds.
Budget
Budget Range: 
Under $10 000
Actual Budget: 
$500 approx.
Technical infos
Technical infos
Original Film Format: 
Mini DV
Format Ratio: 
16x9
Film Sound: 
Dolby SR
Video Type: 
DVD
Festival Selection, Awards...
Festival selection, awards or citation already received and other comments... :
Already selected in a Festival?: 
Yes
Festival selections: 

Flat Lake Literary & Arts Festival (Ireland, 2009)
Clones Film Festival (Ireland, 2009)
We The Peoples Film Festival (UK, 2009)

Awards received: 
Special mention at Clones Film Festival
Publicity Infos
Publicity contact: 
Fergal Rock
Publicity contact email: 
Trailer availble: 
yes
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