Shooting Wraps on Brendan Gleeson’s Debut Short Film, Psychic

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Shooting Wraps on Brendan Gleeson’s Debut Short Film, Psychic

Principal Photography wrapped this week on a new short film directed by and starring Brendan Gleeson.

Psychic which was written by Rory Gleeson (Rockadoon Shore), tells the story of a charismatic psychic (Brendan Gleeson) who is forced out of retirement by his two manipulative sons (Domhnall and Brian Gleeson) and taken on the road. The last obstacle to gaining a large cult following is a TV show host determined to bring them down. Psychic is a dark and human tale of showmanship, the other world and family.

The film, which stars Brendan, Domhnall and Brian Gleeson alongside the wonderful Ingrid Craigie (The Delinquent Season, When Harvey Met Bob), was shot in Wicklow and in the National Film School at IADT with the support of the IADT staff and the faculty of film, art and creative technologies.

The production is co-funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and Sky Arts and will air on Sky Arts in early 2019.

Commenting on the production, Brendan Gleeson said: “I am thrilled to be sharing this adventure with such a special cast and crew. I'm grateful for the support of the IFB and Sky and I look forward to its release next year. Psychic will be ... magic!”

Psychic is produced by Juliette Bonass (A Date for Mad Mary, Glassland, The Last Hotel for Sky Arts) and Brendan Gleeson and is co-funded by The Irish Film Board and Sky Arts.

David Grennan (What Richard Did, Maze) is director of photography with Tamara Conboy (Once, Sensation) as production designer, Consolata Boyle (Victoria and Abdul, The Queen) as Costume Designer and Isobel Stephenson (Garage, Adam and Paul) as Editor.

James Hickey, Chef Executive Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board said: “We’re delighted to be working with Brendan Gleeson on his directorial debut and to be supporting the entire team working on Psychic.  The IFB is the largest funder of short film and talent development across story telling in Ireland and we are very much looking forward to seeing this short film come to fruition in partnership with Sky Arts. Of particular interest on this project is the generous time the production team have given to helping film students by allowing them to work across the production whilst they were filming in IADT.”

Phil Edgar Jones, Director of Sky Arts, said: "At Sky Arts we are always looking for the best creative talent to work with us creating projects they are passionate about so to be part of Brendan's directorial debut is a genuine thrill. We look forward to the adventure continuing."

Commenting on the film, JD Buckley, Managing Director Sky Ireland, said: “We are so excited to be supporting such an exciting project featuring some of Ireland’s greatest talent, both in front of and behind the camera. Sky is passionate about supporting Irish home-grown production and we’re delighted to be co-funding Psychic alongside the Irish Film Board.” 

Earlier this year, Sky Ireland confirmed it will invest over €2.2m (£2m) to further boost the Irish production sector as it searches for a new hit entertainment show for Sky One. As Europe’s leading entertainment company, Sky is committed to investing in Irish production to follow the success of home-grown shows like the International Emmy Award winning Moone Boy and the three-series hit, 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy.

About Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board
Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry, investing in talent, creativity and enterprise. The IFB’s mission is to support and promote Irish film, television and animation through fostering Irish artistic vision and our diverse creative and production talent, growing audiences, and attracting filmmakers and investment into the country. Over the last 15 years, Irish short filmmakers have achieved huge success having achieved 10 Academy Award nominations in the short film category and taking home two Academy Awards for short films.

About Sky
Sky is Europe's leading entertainment company, serving 22.5 million customers across five countries - UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. The company has annual revenues of £12.9 billion and is Europe’s leading investor in television content with annual programming spend of over £6 billion.

From exclusive partnerships with HBO and Showtime, to Sky Original Productions, Sky offers the best and broadest range of content along with the best viewing experience to suit each and every customer. Whether that’s through the multi-award winning next generation box, Sky Q, or Sky’s contract-free online streaming service, NOW TV, customers have access to the latest movies, drama and sports wherever and whenever they like. This is all supported by Sky’s best in class customer service.

Sky’s success is not just based on what the company does but how it does it. Named as one of the Top 10 Green Companies in the World by Newsweek, one of the world’s most recognised rankings of business’s environmental performance, Sky ensures its responsible business strategy is embedded right across the group. 

Sky has over 31,000 employees and is listed as one of The Times Top 50 employers for women. Sky is listed on the London Stock Exchange (SKY).

Sky employs just under 1000 people in Ireland with over 750 of those based at its Head Office in Burlington Road in Dublin.