Wexford author Paul's film to debut at opera house

By David tucker

Paul O'Brien.
Paul O'Brien.

Best selling author and playwright, Wexford's Paul O'Brien's debut movie 'Staid' is to premiere at the National Opera House on Thursday, March 3, at 7.30 p.m.

O'Brien is making his debut as a film-maker with his amazingly raw, funny and beautiful film, 'Staid'. Although set in small-town Ireland, its themes are universal centrepieces of love, loss, ambition and that feeling of being stuck in life.

Four small-town people, tied together by new and old relationships, come together to tangle, fight, sing, talk, drink, argue, lanch, leave and return, while stumbling towards the reality that their lives are changing whether they like it or not.

The movie was adapted from one of O'Brien's plays that enjoyed sell out runs at the end of 2014 in Wexford.

'I just knew these characters had more to say, more to do. When the run was over I asked the actors and crew involved if they'd like to join me in expanding and re-inventing this for the screen. Everyone was in,' he said.

It was then the Maudlintown writer approached Highwind Media about making a no-budget feature-length movie. 'I think they might have been a little hesitant at first, but once we talked about it a couple of times, the idea excited them too,' said O'Brien.

It has taken over a year from the initial writing of the script to the polishing of the final movie. Such is the buzz surrounding the project that Sundance Award-winning film makers, the Barnes Brothers, have come on board as executive producers. 'They saw the movie, loved it and wanted to help us champion it around the US festival scene. I couldn't be happier to have such an experienced and respected team involved,' he said.

Admission to the premiere is €15. There are also a limited number of the €40 VIP packages on offer.

Tickets from nationaloperahouse.ie or (053) 9122400.

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