Indie film Dead Along The Way receives limited theatrical release

The award-winning independent film Dead Along The Way is currently enjoying a limited theatrical release in cinemas around Ireland. The film was written, directed and co-produced by Tralee filmmaker Maurice O’Carroll, along with his wife Elaine and Sinéad O’Riordan of ORion Productions. The film was well received when it premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh and opened the IndieCork Film Festival. The film has strong connections with Cork and its first cinema showing was in The Gate Cinema in Cork last month.

“It just made the most sense,” says O’Riordan of the decision to screen the film in Cork. “When tickets went on sale for IndieCork they sold within hours and we were then moved to a 250 seater, and even those sold out in an hour. Cork have been hugely supportive of our work. I’m one proud Cork woman and am so grateful to the cinema’s took a chance on us and gave us their seal of approval ”

The film also stars two Cork actors – Niall Murphy and Ciaran Bermingham. Murphy and Bermingham respectively play Wacker and Tony, two down on their luck videographers, whose lives seemingly can’t get any worse. Wacker’s wife has chucked him out, he has been beaten up over money she borrowed for fertility treatment, and a drink-fueled incident the night before has put his friendship with Tony under huge strain. But their problems are only beginning: Big Jim (Tom Lawlor) – a notorious loan shark who is also having a pretty bad time of it after learning about his 16 year old daughter’s pregnancy – visits the church where the pair are about to video a wedding and dies after a scuffle with Tony. The videographers decide to try and conceal their crime before any wedding guests arrive. What happens next is ungodly.

The film was produced on a shoestring, or as O’Carroll wryly puts it: “No crowd-funding; no film board funds; no budget. No problem.” In spite of this lack of funding, O’Carroll, O’Riordan and the rest of their team have shown what can be achieved through hard work and dedication. “We were unknown filmmakers, and now here we are releasing our first film into the cinemas,” says O’Carroll. “And we screen right next door to Star Wars!”

Keep an eye out in selected cinemas over the coming months as the team are currently developing a roadshow strategy where they partner up with theatres across the country who would like to show the film. As with the making of the film, the team behind Dead Along The Way are making the most of their resources and showing just what independent Irish filmmakers can achieve.

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