‘Dead Beat’ Bound for 30th Galway Film Fleadh

Galway Film Fleadh

The Galway Film Fleadh is a movie festival that has put the city on the map of international culture over the past few years. Starting in 1989 as part of the Arts Festival, the Film Fleadh has grown to be one of the targeted festivals at which emerging films are featured.

Dead Beat, which will be on the programme of the 2018 Galway Film Fleadh was written by Richard Power. It is shot and produced by Alister Cummings. Both are from Newcastle in England. They entered it into the 57 hr film making challenge at the Offline Film Festival in Birr a few months ago and won outright – with the judges commenting that the film was:

A good idea, well planned and well executed, with strong performances. Technically strong and stylishly shot particularly within the time-frame.

The team behind this year’s winning short in the 57 Hour Filmmaking Challenge, Dead Beat.

The team behind this year’s winning short in the 57 Hour Filmmaking Challenge, Dead Beat.

Dead Beat receives automatically entry into the 30th Galway Film Fleadh in 2018.

One of the actors, Ger McCormack, is an Offaly man with a background in many areas of the arts. He has a great spirit of get-up-and-go, has overcome life’s challenges staying true to his artistic vision, and has chronicled the journey in his biography Dawn from the Darkness, available online from Choice Publishing.

The Galway Eye had a quick chat with Ger recently:

Filming "Dead Beat" in Birr, which will be shown in the 2018 Galway Film Fleadh

Ger  McCormack (left) filming Dead Beat in Birr, which will be shown in the 2018 Galway Film Fleadh

Tom Carty: What is your experience of Galway?
Ger McCormack: I haven’t been there often, but when I have, I find it has everything Dublin has, without the stresses of the larger city. The sea is a ten-minute walk from most parts of the city. I mean, who doesn’t love Galway Bay. Great cafe’s, one in particular I loved, with an artsy psychedelic feel to it, a lovely student crowd and friendly vibe.

Tom Carty: What do you think of the Arts Scene in Galway?
Ger McCormack: Galway should be the arts capital of Ireland, and though its sharing the City of Culture in 2020 with a Croatian city, I think it should have it by itself. It has so much going for it. I will be seeing a lot more of it in 2018 due to Dead Beat being entered in the Galway Film Fleadh.

Tom Carty: You feature in Dead Beat. Tell us a bit about it?
Ger McCormack: My character is an ageing punk that heads to meet his friend and fellow band member to deal with unfinished business – but things go wrong. I loved playing the role, it will be met with great delight at Galway as it has a theme that pleases all ages of audience.

Tom Carty: Acting is not your only forté. Tell us more?
Ger McCormack: Rap music is a passion which I got into as I needed to make a song for a film and could not find anyone to do it. So I did it myself, and got bitten by the bug and so Raptor GMC was born. The Beat Box, produced by Chris Kabbs, is available to buy on Bandcamp.

Tom Carty: How has your biography been received?
Ger McCormack: Very well. It has sold not only in Ireland but in the USA and Asia too.

Indeed, a story that is only half finished. We look forward to seeing Dead Beat at the 30th Film Fleadh here in Galway in 2018…

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About the Author

Thomas Carty
Thomas Carty is a Renmore resident, having moved to Galway for work a couple of years ago. Both his parents were originally from Ballinalee in Co. Longford but he grew up in Banagher and maintains his Offaly connections with membership of the poetry group Tullamore Rhymers Club. An amateur genealogist and historian, he writes on a range of topics that grab his interest. He works at security to pay the bills, and travels widely around Europe to keep sane!