It’s been a very busy last few months.
With the script now complete for A SHAMROCK AT MY SIDE, our film on the life of “Spitfire Paddy” Finucane, we’ve been hard at work on the pre-visual artwork. securing locations and just started casting.
Below are some examples of production artwork.
While directors/writers Ian and Dominic Higgins were thrashing out ideas for the visuals, producer Nigel Martin Davey went on the hunt for potential locations.
As luck would have it, Nigel managed to find a reconstructed 1940’s house and museum very local, run by Steve and Kathy Cashmore, who gave us a lovely welcome when we visited.
During our research we also discovered there was a 1930’s era reconstructed house at Avoncroft museum, another local location for us!
As it turns out, the deputy Director of the museum. Nick Sturgess, is also a WW2 R.A.F enthusiast and was only too pleased to help out and also offer his services as an historical advisor.
One of the most exciting finds was Ashdown WW2 Camp, a 40-acre site, with a large collection of R.A.F and other military buildings (including a watch tower!) The managers of the site were, once again, very helpful and accommodating, during a recce of the location.
One of the scenes in the script takes place in a 1930’s era bus. The Transport Museum Wythall has the perfect bus recently refurbished, and the museum’s press officer, Denis Chick, very kindly gave us a personal tour during our recce last week.
Joining the production team on this project, as executive producer, is John Dawson. John, a Spitfire enthusiast, brings a wealth of knowledge from years of experience working in both the field of entertainment and IT.
Also on the producing team is award winning theatre and film producer Sally Humphreys Wood and (as co-executive producer) Trevor Beattie, who produced the acclaimed film SPITFIRE (2018) and SIX MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT (2020).
As mentioned at the beginning of the blog, we are now also casting for several roles. We’ve had a great response so far, but the casting process is still open, so if you’re an actor and you feel you might be a good fit for this project below are the details of the parts we are casting:
Male between 23-33. Must be able to speak with convincing Dublin accent and have previous acting experience.
Male between 23-33. Must be able to speak with convincing Australian accent and have previous acting experience.
Female between 20-28. English accent and have previous acting experience.
These are paid speaking roles.
Please email photo, contact details and link to showreel to firstname.lastname@example.org
Huge thanks to Steve and Kathy Cahsmore, Nick Sturgess, Emma James and Denis Chick for all their help and enthusiasm.