BACKWATER - SHORT FILM

Backwater is a short film directed by Brendan McCallion, and co-written with producer Frank O’Malley. It was made in collaboration with the National Film School at IADT, and was Brendan’s graduation film. Backwater made it’s Irish premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh on July 2018, where it was listed by Scannain as one of the highlights of the short film screenings. Since then it has it has gone on to screen at festivals such as Newport Beach Film Festival and Camerimage. It has also won the 2019 Irish & UK Royal Television Society awards for best drama.

The film was shot on location in Aughagower and Westport, Co. Mayo.

The cast and crew of Backwater on the final day of shooting, February 10th 2018. Photo by Freddie Greenall.

The cast and crew of Backwater on the final day of shooting, February 10th 2018. Photo by Freddie Greenall.

Credits

  • Director: Brendan McCallion

  • Writers: Brendan McCallion and Frank O’Malley

  • Producer: Frank O’Malley

  • Cinematographer: Robin J. Kavanagh

  • Editor: Brendan Corcoran

  • Composer: Kevin Corcoran (Listen to OST on Soundcloud)

  • Sound: Aoife Clarke and Sofia Arteaga

  • Production Design: Muireann Howley

  • Make Up: Hazel Moran

  • 1st A.D: Eamon Hughes

  • 1st A.C: Ivan Moloney

  • 2nd A.C: Cormac Campbell

  • Continuity: Lochlann Dowd

  • D.I.T: Freddie Greenall

  • Grip & Gaffer: Aisling O’Reagan and Julien Torrades

  • Starring: Patrick Loftus, Sophie Campbell, Padraic McGinley, Slaney Power.

IMDB Page: imdb.com/title/tt8583924/?ref_=nm_knf_i2

Brendan McCallion and actor Patrick Loftus (Tommy) on the set of Backwater. Photo by Cormac Campbell.

Brendan McCallion and actor Patrick Loftus (Tommy) on the set of Backwater. Photo by Cormac Campbell.

Director Notes

Backwater is a film about isolation, loneliness, and duty. It was inspired by personal experiences from growing up in rural Ireland, and having experiences of having to care for a sickly relative. Through these moments memories are made, and eventually stories are told.

Together with my producer/co-writer Frank O’Malley, and cinematographer Robin J. Kavanagh, we set out to bring these stories to life. The journey would not be an easy one, but with the support of an incredible crew we were able to navigate any obstacles that came our way. The confidence they gave me as a director is something I’ll never forget.

I was also immensely proud of the cast who gave every ounce of energy to bring the characters to life in ways that surpassed my own expectations. They brought new ideas to set which made the difference. It was great to see their hard work pay off in the screenings both at the grad show and at the Fleadh, where there wasn’t a dry eye when their performances were shown on screen.

- Brendan McCallion