Well, we did it, it's finished and the World Premiere has taken place.
We've been building toward this night for a long time, a year since we shot the film, two years since I first set out to make it, and three years since the idea first landed. So yeah, a long time coming.
A couple of hours before the screening nerves to build sufficiently. People started to arrive from the film, some of the actors, the crew. It was good to see everyone again. It was something of a reunion, which was nice. Of course I was grabbing snippets of conversation where I could, before someone else would arrive and I'd be pulled off in another direction, which was fine by me, served as a distraction!
I poked my head into the Awards Ceremony, where we got an "Honourable Mention", very nice! Thanks for that. Then it was time for the screening. Everyone was ushered into the hall. Dave Byrne, the director of the festival, gave an opening speech and then called me up. I rambled something... kinda forget what?! But an introduction nonetheless, and the screening began.
I was able to finally relax then. Once it was one screen it was at last out of my hands and into the audience's.
Afterwards, there was a positive reaction. Many of the audience members came up to congratulate me, said nice things. The cast were happy. So I was too! Always a worry that you wont have paid homage to the work that was put in, that somehow, in the translation and assembly, something will be lost - I don't think it was, I think everything that happened on set, the energy, the tension, the electricity, went into the lens and came out the other side intact.
So a good night in all. We're on the road now. I'm not sure exactly what is next. I held off on entering festival once the sound got delayed, so I'll start up on that again. Hopefully Derelict has some legs. It will be interesting to see where it goes next.
My thanks again to the cast and crew, first for the talent and work and secondly for their patience! My thanks again to the Underground Cinema Film Festival for holding out for the film, for accepting it, giving it the Closing Night slot and the cherry on the icing on the cake an Honourable Mention! Too kind!!!
Me with actor Steve Gunn (Davey-boy), John Lawlor (DOP), and actress Elaine Reddy (Kate)
We have our World Premiere! Yes Indeed!!!
Derelict will be the Closing Night Film at the Underground Cinema Film Festival in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin on September 16th. Screening in the Royal Marine Hotel at 9pm.
If any of you are in the area you can pick up tickets online here.
The underground Cinema Film Festival is 3 years old and I believe a perfect fit for Derelict, it's a festival that embraces and celebrates independent film and filmmakers, those of you at the coal face of scrimping and scrapping to get our films made. I'm very proud and honoured to have Derelict as the closing film.