Back to The Mountain

Time flies! It’s been over four years since I was on set with the fantastic students who created and filmed The Mountain.

It’s hard to express how rewarding I found working with the talented cast and crew on this Queen’s University student film project. Not only was it a joy to work with them, but I was thrilled for their subsequent Royal Television Society win in the category of student drama in March 2016.

I can’t thank Rebecca Kelly and Connor Brennan enough for inviting me along to share their journey with their crew and my fabulous co-star, Aaron Lynch.

I believe it’s important to give back to my community by lending a hand to just this sort of production. I always encourage my fellow actors to help out where they can with our young filmmakers or tomorrow. You’ll be rewarded mightily with creations such as this short film, which is still one of my favourites.

The Mountain

Erin

“…and after he lost her, he lost his mind and spent the rest of his days staring out the window…waiting for her to come home”.

‘Erin’

It doesn’t seem so long ago that I spent the day with a fantastic group of creatives at Glenarm Harbour and several nearby locations in Northern Ireland working on a proof of concept film. It was cold. It was windy. Still, they perservered and the end result is nothing short of pure art.

‘Erin’ is the first original short film written and directed by the fabulous Connor Richmond of Dogleap Productions and filmed in collaboration with Grafters Media. It is co-produced by Connor and Jamie McBrien. It casts myself and the lovely Laura Douglas in the roles of a father and daughter struggling to accept the past in order to connect with their present and move ahead into their future. This short pilot serves as a proof of concept for a future short film set three years later, which is currently in development.

I recently attended the premiere of ‘Erin’ at The Strand Cinema and was not disappointed. It is a beautifully crafted and edited film. It is a shining example of what can be done with a small budget, a lot of talent and pure determination.

My thanks to Connor for inviting me along to be a part of this outstanding short film and to every member of the cast and crew who helped make it such a memorable experience.

You can watch at the link below.

Erin – Short Film (2019) | Written & Directed by Connor Richmond from Dogleap Productions on Vimeo.

You might also want to check out the ‘Making of Erin’ by Director of Photographer, Stephen Reid for some great behind the scenes footage.

Cast and Crew Photo – Courtesy Dogleap Productions