Rough: Belfast short film makes the longlist for BAFTA awards

By Peter McGoran

A local film has made the longlist for this year's BAFTAs, ahead of the awards ceremony in March.

Northern Ireland short film, Rough , written and directed by Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn ( The Sailsbury Poisonings) and produced by Gallagher Films’ Louise Gallagher ( A Bump Along the Way) has made it one step closer to a BAFTA by making the list.

Ten short films have been longlisted in the British Short Film category, five will be nominated. The nominations will be announced on Thursday February 3 with the ceremony taking place on Sunday March 13.

Rough is a short film about Belfast gangsters passing a death sentence on a dog. It has already picked up the Best Short Film Award at the IFTAs, Best Short Film at Krakow Film Festival and Best Short Film at Kerry International Film Festival.

Starring Ryan McParland, Michael Smiley, Gerard Jordan, Peter Heenan, Brendan Quinn, Andrew McGarrigle and Kelly the terrier, Rough is also about truth-telling and forgiveness and how in an absurd world of obscene power, unthinking violence and masculinity gone wrong, the truth can – just once in a while, set us all free.

Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn commented; “Rough being shortlisted for consideration in the Best Short Film Category at the BAFTAs is something that we could never have anticipated or imagined when we set out to tell the story of a wee dog in a lot of trouble.

"We’re thrilled that a film about a very specific issue in a particular place has somehow gained traction and interest across the world. Thanks to everyone involved in making it, especially our wonderful producer Louise Gallagher, Northern Ireland Screen, and Roma Downey."

Roma Downey said: “I grew up in The Troubles and when I read this script the themes really resonated with me and I knew I wanted to be involved.

"This story made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me think. This team did such a good job and we are all very proud of them as we see the film go from a local level to an international level. To be in consideration for a BAFTA is really the icing on the cake.”

Rough was made with the assistance of Northern Ireland Screen, The National Lottery and BFI Network. Find out more about Rough at www.roughfilm.com


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