Irish language short film "Nollaig Shona", written and directed by Orla Murphy, was selected from over 5,000 entries to screen to an audience of up to 1,000 people, during the first-ever Times Square open-air short film event, part of the New York City International Film Festival, supported by the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting.
The film played this weekend on Friday 27th, Saturday 28th August and five times on Sunday August 29th.
Writer/Director Orla Murphy commented " Shooting in the freezing cold the night before Christmas Eve on Grafton St, I never thought we’d end up on a balmy summer evening in Times Square watching an audience composed of every age and ethnicity, clapping and laughing at our little Irish movie. It was a huge honour to have an Irish film and one in the Irish language screen in such an iconic location…. also a little bit surreal but then so is the film, so somehow it all worked.”
"Nollaig Shona" has also been selected to screen in Washington D.C’s Capital Irish festival this December.
Since making "Nollaig Shona", Orla Murphy graduated with an MA in Screenwriting from the Irish National Film School at IADT and is currently in New York availing of the new US-Irish visa initiatives for Irish graduate students.
This black comedy was co-financed by the IFB (Irish Film Board) and TG4. It stars Sean MacDonagh ("Kisses"), Áine Ní Dhroigneáin ("Ros na Rún") and Eamonn Hunt ("Happy Ever Afters").