Set in the square mile of London that is home to 63 Irish pubs, County Kilburn charts the last week in London of Mickey (Ciaran McMenamin), a barman at the Waggon and Horses who decides to return to Ireland to work for his brother. But during the turmoil and chaos that conspire to turn those seven days into a near disaster, Mickey learns some important lessons about himself, his regulars and the value of community.
The film marks the feature debut of Elliot Hegarty, a twentysomething commercials director who has already won fans for his short film Archie And Stafford, shown at the 1997 Edinburgh Film Festival. Inspired by his own experiences, Hegarty fashioned a screenplay that would be easy to organise and manageable to shoot. "We wanted to do something simple, a Cheers for the UK with the wit of Clerks," says producer Nick Heyworth, a long-time collaborator of Hegarty's. "Setting the film in a pub was ideal because it meant the story can take a different direction the minute someone new walks in. We shot over three weeks but it wasn't as painful a shoot as many low-budget films because we only had one location - a disused pub in Kilburn - and a great team of collaborators."
Funded by private sources, including Watermark Films, the new company set up by Magnus Macintyre, County Kilburn was recently picked up by Alibi Films International and is now being screened to distributors. Heyworth and Hegarty are now preparing their next film, Snookered,a co-production with The Gruber Brothers, which already has Redbus on board as UK distributor.
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