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Saltwater

Synopsis

Award-winning playwright Conor McPherson steps behind the camera for the first time with Saltwater, a tale of ordinary folk in extraordinary circumstances. In an out-of-season coastal town in Ireland, the local chippie is on the verge of going under. Ever since his mother's death, Frank (Peter McDonald) has been helping his father (Brian Cox) hold the fort. But dad is in hock to the local bookie and loan shark (Brendan Gleeson) so Frank takes matters into his own hands and robs the bookie. Needless to say, things don't quite go as planned.

Inspired by a dream McPherson had several years ago, the film began as a stage play called This Lime Tree Bower, which took the form of a series of monologues from the three main characters: Frank, his younger brother Joe, who feels his mother's absence the most, and Ray, a university tutor who is in love with the brothers' older sister.

McPherson then teamed up with producer Robert Walpole, who, along with his directing partner Paddy Breathnach, had turned his first screenplay, I Went Down, into an award-winning hit film. Saltwater went into production just as McPherson's acclaimed play The Weir was earning raves on Broadway in New York.

The film world-premiered in the Panorama section at the Berlin Film Festival in February where audience reaction was favourable. It had its Irish premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh in July and will open in Ireland through Buena Vista in September.

Details

Year
2000
Type of film
Features
Director
Conor McPherson 1st Feature
Music
The Plague Monkeys.
Dir
Conor McPherson.
Exec prods
David M Thompson, Rod Stoneman, Clare Duignan.
Prod
Robert Walpole.
Scr
Conor McPherson.
DoP
Oliver Curtis.
Prod des
Luana Hanson.
Ed
Emer Reynolds.
Main cast
Peter McDonald, Brian Cox, Conor Mullen, Laurence Kinlan, Brendan Gleeson, Valerie Spelman, Eva Birthistle.
Budget
$3m.
Funding
BBC Films, BBC Worldwide, Irish Film Board, RTE, Alta Films.

Production Company

TREASURE FILMS
Shamrock Chambers
1-2 Eustace Street
Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel: (353) 1 670 9609
Fax: (353) 1 670 9612

Sales
Company

The Sales Co
(44) 20 7434 9061
Territories sold: Andorra, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Scandinavia, Spain, UK