FOR local Director Ian Hunt Duffy, the next week is competition time with his latest project ‘Talk It Out’ in the running for a major prize in RTÉ’s Storyland competition.
‘Talk It Out’ is a fast paced comedy following Martin, a struggling therapist who starts turning to his own patients for advice, directed by Ian, has already reached the second stage of the competition but needs more votes to make it through to the next round.
It stars Mark Doherty (A Film With Me In, 2008), Bernard O’Shea (Republic of Telly), Peter Coonan (Love/Hate) and Aoibhinn McGinnity (Love/Hate).
“Our project has been one of the lucky few entries to get selected for this year’s RTÉ Storyland competition. Previous winners such as The Hardy Bucks have now gone on to to be commissioned for television, so the competition gives young filmmakers a fantastic opportunity to work within the industry’.
“Having gotten through the first round in February, the second episode of ‘Talk It Out’ goes online on Monday 19th of March, where it’s then up to the public to vote to keep the show going!
For Ian, who hails from Blackrock, this is the latest project in his career which started in his late teens,
“From an early age I wanted to work in film. After secondary school I went to the National Film School in Dun Laoghaire where I studied Film and Television Production, and in my final year, myself and three others won a Drink Aware film competition with our short film ‘On The Cutting Room Floor’’.
“This film went on to be shown on RTÉ, in cinemas, and at the Oxegen Music Festival, so on the back of that success the four of us decided to set up our own production company called Fail Safe Films. We have just finished our first year of business, and already have an array of content under our belts. Among other things, we regularly provide segments for the RTÉ programme Nationwide; produced a viral video for the Marriage Equality charity with over 65,000 hits in it’s first week; received funding from RTÉ and Filmbase for a short film to be released later this year starring Alan Stanford; and produced a recent TV commercial for EBS.
Viewers can vote up until Sunday 25th of March at www.talkitoutshow.com. You can also follow ‘Talk It Out’ on Facebook at www.facebook.com/talkitout.storyland where you will find lots of extra scenes and exclusive content’.
“We had followed the RTÉ Storyland competition over the previous years, and decided to enter it ourselves this year. Another college friend of ours, Darach McGarrigle, had written a script that we thought could work well in this format, so we developed the idea and pitched it to RTÉ.
“Lucky enough, our show was chosen to be one of the eight to be commissioned, out of hundreds of entries, and we shot the first episode shortly before Christmas. We were delighted to get through the first round of the competition with episode 1, but now we need everybody to go online and vote for episode 2 and help us keep us in the competition!”