Service users and staff of St Christopher’s Services Longford have been celebrating recently, as their theatre group were awarded second place in a prestigious film festival.
‘The Green Shoots’ came second in the AbleVision International Short Film Festival, which was held in the Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda at the end of March.
Nineteen finalists from countries all over the world contested the awards, but in the end it was a group from Brighton, England, who emerged victorious with their production, ‘The Sea’.
The local group were honoured to have placed so high in the competition with their film ‘Dark Day at Dawson Saloon’.
Devised and written by ‘The Green Shoots’, and facilitated by their Drama Teacher Evelyn Kelly, ‘Dark Day at Dawson Saloon’ is a cowboy film.
Shot by local film-maker Shane Crossan, the production tells the time-honoured tale of good versus evil in the form of a traditional Wild West movie.
Launched to much acclaim last year at a film premiere in Longford town, ‘Dark Day at Dawson Saloon’ was praised by the AbleVision festival for its ‘sense of fun and technical excellence’.