Róise and Frank
The Wexford Whale animation will be screened before Róise and Frank.
Róise, a woman still in mourning following the death of her husband Frank, is initially annoyed when a mysterious dog shows up at her door. But a series of eerie coincidences soon has Róise convinced that the dog is Frank, reincarnated. As this new canine companion helps Róise overcome her grief, ‘Frank the dog’ also proves an unlikely new friend for shy, hurling-loving local boy Maidhchi. But as Frank wins over the town, Róise’s neighbour Donncha has some sinister plans for the doggo…
Set in the scenic Ring Gaeltacht area in Co Waterford, Róise & Frank is a charming Irish-language film for the whole family: a comedy-drama that will elicit smiles, tears and plenty of laughs.
Tá an scannán suite in Rinn Ó gCuanach i gCo. Phort Láirge, áit a ndearnadh é a scannánú freisin, agus baineann sé le Róise (Bríd Ní Neachtain), baintreach mná atá ag streacailt go mór ó bhásaigh a fear céile, Frank, le déanaí. Is beag baint atá ag Róise anois leis an saol mór agus lena muintir, le teann bróin agus uaignis. Ach nuair a thagann madra fáin ar an láthair gan choinne, a leanann gach cor a dhéanann sí, tagann beocht i Róise arís agus í den tuairim gurb é a fear céile féin atá ar ais i bhfoirm an mhadra seo agus cuireann sí muinín i gcumhacht shíoraí na beatha chun leanúint ar aghaidh go dtí an chéad chéim dhóchasach eile.
Director: Rachel Moriarty and Peter Murphy
Cast: Bríd Ní Neachtain, Cillian O'Gairbhi, Lorcan Cranitch, Ruadhán de Faoite
Dublin International Film Festival, 2022
Galway Film Fleadh, 2022
Best Ensemble – Dublin International Film Festival DFCC Awards
Audience Award – Santa Barbara Film Festival / Sonoma International Film Festival
‘“Róise and Frank is a genuinely delightful film’The Irish Times
‘A wonderful story of finding hope in the darkest of places’Film Ireland
The Wexford Whale animation.
The Wexford Whale animation directed by David Begley features drawings by David and pupils of Scoil Mhuire National School, Rosslare. The film’s evocative soundtrack was created by Ruah Pearson and includes a voice recording by Richard Sabin, principal curator of mammals at The Natural History Museum, London.
The film is based on the story of the 25 metre blue whale captured by Lifeboat pilot Ned Wickham outside Wexford harbour in March 1891. The skeleton of the whale hangs in The Natural History Museum, London.
Image © David Begley 2022
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