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Paul Fraser’s award winning directorial debut “My Brothers” hits cinemas nationwide from 17th August

1st Aug 2012
My Brothers is the internationally acclaimed directorial debut from award-winning writer Paul Fraser (Heartlands, Somers Town, Dead Man's Shoes). This richly humorous and moving film tells the story of three brothers' adventures on a quest-driven road trip as they struggle to cope with their father's impending death and to define their own place in the bigger world. It was written by Cork-born screenwriter Will Collins who later went on to write Song of the Sea for Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells) and The Boy in the Bubble for Igloo Films. The film, produced by Rob Walpole and Rebecca O'Flanagan of Treasure Entertainment (Good Vibrations, The Eclipse, Man About Dog), premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was the opening film at the Galway Film Festival.

Set over Halloween weekend in 1987, My Brothers is the story of the three boys' journey to replace their dying father's watch. NOEL is seventeen, serious, weighed down by responsibility. Twelve-year- old PAUDIE is cocky, not so bright and dreams of playing in goals for Liverpool and the youngest is seven year old SCWALLY - daydreamer, naïve and obsessed with Star Wars (despite never actually having seen the films). Using a battered bread van, the brothers embark on a journey across the wild Irish landscape, grappling with grinding gears, dodgy electrics and sibling tensions to get to an arcade machine in the small Irish seaside town of Ballybunion, where an identical watch resides.

Fraser has been working in the UK and international film industry for over twelve years. My Brothers is his directorial debut feature. Widely credited as a talented and accomplished screenwriter of such Shane Meadows' titles as A Room for Romeo Brass, Dead Man's Shoes and most recently Somers Town, Fraser also wrote Heartlands for Irish director Damien O'Donnell.

Director Paul Fraser said; "We had an immense cast and crew who worked tirelessly to get this film made, in the worst of possible weather conditions November-December Cork could offer.  We'd spent weeks, searching schools and holding open auditions to find the three boys who would be sitting in a bread van together, as brothers, traveling to Ballybunion. All were first timers, like myself and Will, so we were just thrilled it was happening half the time. All three were brilliant. We set out to make an intimate story of three brothers (Will and I are both one of three boys), we wanted it to feel real, honest and about them in their moment. We're all so proud that it's getting a release now after going down so well at its festival screenings".

Filmed entirely in Cork and starring a young talented cast of Timmy Creed as Noel, Paul Courtney as Paudie (Avid Manchester United fan and serious film buff), TJ Griffin as Scwally (Expert knot tier and Michael Jackson's Thriller dance routine reciter) as well as veteran of stage and screen Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead, Hush), Don Wycherley (Father Ted, Ondine) and recent star of The Abbey Theatres' hit show Alice in Funderland, Sarah Green (The Guard). The original soundtrack was composed by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody, and Grammy award winning Garret "Jacknife" Lee.

My Brothers was made in association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, RTÉ and Windmill Lane Films.

My Brothers is released nationwide from 17th August 2012. A special event screening of the film will be at 8pm on 16th August in the Light House Cinema, Smithfield followed by a public interview with Director Paul Fraser & Writer Collins. 

My Brothers will be screening in The Movies @ Dundrum, The Light House Cinema Smithfield, Screen Cinema Dublin, Eye cinema Galway, The Gate Cinema Cork, The Triskel Cinema Cork, Queens Film Theatre Belfast, Carrick Cineplex Roscommon, Park Cinema Clonakilty, Bantry Cinemax, Gaeity Cinema Arklow, Century Cinema Letterkenny.
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