Filmmaker Diarmuid Long of Kiltealy, Co. Wexford has been making waves across the globally competitive film festival circuit with the latest film he’s worked on titled ‘Mrs. H’…
A dark-comedy, Mrs. H tells the tale of a young couple who spend the night at a charming B&B with a host who is more than a little odd. In fact, she’s downright murderous.
Written and directed by Carlow’s Heather Grogan, Wexford native Diarmuid Long filled the role of Cinematographer and Editor on this ambitious project.
Mrs. H was shot in a week during the hospitality lockdown in November of 2020, meaning both cast and crew had the entirety of the stunning Roundwood House Hotel in Laois all to themselves and it served perfectly as their sinister villain’s home. Vital scenes were also shot in New Oak Community Centre, Carlow and Callinan’s Newsagents, Graiguecullen.
The cast consists of Mary Doyle, retired Drama teacher and Carlow Little Theatre veteran making her very first transition from stage to screen as the insidious ‘Mrs. H’. Molly Downey (Meath) and Liam Wilson Smyth (Dublin) bring their talents to the couple ‘Rayna’ and ‘Dave’. And Barry John Kinsella (Dublin) brings a wealth of skill to his impressive performance as their unlucky friend ‘Alan’. Also making their debut are Mum-N-Son acting duo, Liz Bryan Sherry and Oisin Sherry from Kildare.
With health and safety being paramount, the crew of SUNFA Films (the production company behind Mrs. H) kept their numbers small with a skeleton crew of three: Heather directing, Diarmuid on camera and Daniel Craig, Carlow Musician/ Audio wizard recording the sound. Conor Keary, avid filmmaker from Limerick also joined them in the last hours to lend a hand.
Released upon the globally competitive film festival circuit in January 2021, Diarmuid and the SUNFA Films team knew the competition would be strong. Yet they were confident that ‘Mrs. H’ could stand her ground against the odds. Turns out she could do much more than that! This 27 minute gem went on to gain multiple nominations, semi-finalist laurels, finalist laurels, certificates of excellence and achievement and suddenly awards started flying in.
To date, ‘Mrs. H’ as received 4 Awards; the Berlin Shorts Award for Best Comedy Short, The Golden Stake Award from Shockfest in Los Angeles, and 80 Screams International film festival, based in Ohio selected Mrs. H for two awards: Best Extended-Length Short Film Award and Audience-Favourite Award. Mrs. H was also selected and screened for film festivals in Bali, France, Germany, UK, Brazil, Italy, India, Nashville, New York, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and is now getting her Irish Premiere in Carlow town on Sat August 27th, 2022 in Carlow’s IMC Cinema, Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Barrack Street from 7.30pm – 8.30pm for one night only. And YOU can get FREE tickets by clicking on the Eventbrite link below!
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