The best of new talent in ‘The Party’ has earned itself a BAFTA nomination for Best British Short Film.
Written by Conor MacNeill, who’s appeared in ‘Five Minutes of Heaven’, ‘The Fall ‘and ‘Love & Friendship’, ‘The Party’ follows a nightlife house party of drinking and having fun among youths in 1972’s Belfast – before reality kicks with Laurence’s cousin and Mickey. The success of the short has established MacNeill to not only being an actor, but an writer. He’s gone out of his way to feature Anthony Boyle, Niall McNamee, Eileen O’Higgins, Ross McKinney and Joanne Crawford, all of whom collectively have hit the big scale as the next emerging British talent from film.
There more talent off-screen, as well as an on-screen as Andrea Harkin who directed BBC’s ‘Clique‘ and Channel 4’s ‘Coming Up’. Farah Abushwesha (‘Pressure’, ‘Don’t Hang Up”) and Emmet Fleming (‘Out of Here’), who was recently nominated for the Bingham Ray New Talent Award at the Galway Film Fleadh. Farah Abushwesha is currently working on her next film project ‘Irreplaceable You’. The film was selected for screen festivals such as Encounters Short Film Festival, Aesthetica Film Festival, London Short Film Festival as well as Leeds International Film Festival.