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Burning Wishes (2015)

‘Dying is easy, digging up the past is hard.’ Ne’er-do-well brothers Seamus and Martin Geraghty promise to honour their friend Paudie’s deathbed request and scatter his ashes at their favourite childhood spot. After letting him down in the past this is one promise to Paudie that Seamus is determined to keep even when Paudie winds up buried instead of being cremated. Burning Wishes is a black comedy about death, friendship and good ol’ fashioned grave-robbing.

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Paths To Freedom (2001)

Executive Producer: Paul Donovan Out of jail and back to reality with a camera crew in tow, Paths to Freedom is a six-part ‘dramatised’ fly-on-the-wall documentary series following the experiences, trials and tribulations of two ex-prisoners from contrasting class structures upon their release into society.   Reviews  “Very, very good. It might even be great…Comic creation of immediate brilliance.” Irish Independent “The biggest comedy success in the station’s history…Brilliant performances.” The Sunday Tribune “Paths to Freedom has raised the benchmark for Irish television comedy…the sharpest comedy on Irish television.” The Sunday Times “Absolutely hilarious…the funniest Irish comedy since Father Ted.” Ireland on Sunday “Glorious…possibly one of the greatest ever Irish comic …

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Fergus’s Wedding (2002)

Executive Producer: Paul Donovan Six part comedy series following the adventures of Fergus who is engaged to be married to his English girlfriend Penny.

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The Last Bus Home (1996)

Producer: Paul Donovan A group of friends form a punk band on the day of the Pope’s visit to Ireland. Their rise and fall is charted through 1980s Dublin as they struggle with relationships, dodgy venues, unemployment and sleazy record company agents.   Reviews “A pulsating punk drama.” Variety “Compulsory viewing…worthy of cult status.” Hotpress “A strikingly visual evocation of punk Dublin in the lates 1970s…a tightly observed and powerfully performed comic-tragic slice of suburban rebellion..a major advance by a talented young director.” Sunday Tribune “Full of exceptional performances, the authentic look and sound of punk.” Evening Herald “Once again, Irish cinema has come up with a good surprise…It is …

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Mapmaker (2001)

Producer: Paul Donovan An imaginative thriller set in the stunning border landscapes of northwest Ireland about a Mapmaker who uncovers the mystery behind a man’s disappearance. Reviews “Mapmaker is a rare film…he also uses the camera to powerful effect, creating a vision of a landscape that is distinclty Irish yet rarely seen on screen.” Sunday Times, 2002 “Mapmaker does have the merit of offering a very different take on seemingly familiar material, playing with preconceptions in order to subvert them.” Sunday Tribune, 2002 “The drama is played out against a ruggedly beautiful and unfamiliar landscape captured in strikingly distinctive compositions by cinematographer Owen McPolin, and Gogan invests that drama with an …

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Spin The Bottle (2003)

Executive Producer: Paul Donovan Rats, of Paths to Freedom fame, is released from prison yet again. His return to his mother’s house gets off to a bad start when the money painstakingly saved to send his terminally obese aunt to Lourdes for a miracle cure, is stolen. After embarking on a series of hapless attempts to replace the stolen money, Rats realises he must use his only talent, his musical genius, and reforms his band Spermdotcom, crashing a boy band competition live on national television.   Reviews “McElhatton himself is brilliant and there are enough quippy one-liners and a strong enough script to keep the movie flowing nicely for a very taut …

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Dead Long Enough (2005)

Producer: Paul Donovan Ben Jones, a worn out and depressed Welsh lawyer, lives in the shadow of his promiscuous TV celebrity brother, Harry Jones. Ben hankers after his lost love, the fiery red headed Irish colleen Sinead. However in a fit of pique Ben decides to accept the marriage proposal from his ball-busting girlfriend. So Harry decides that he must do something good for his brother and brings him back to Ireland where both had a great time in their youth. This act of generosity, and also a coincidental recce for a future television programme begins a series of events that will change their lives forever. Awards Audience Prize Winner, …

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Puffball (2007)

A tense, supernatural, thriller from a legend of British cinema, Nicolas Roeg. A young architect moves to an isolated and mysterious Irish valley to build a house. Finding herself pregnant her plans are ruined and when the witches in the valley turn against the unborn child, it’s her very survival that is threatened.

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Wide Open Spaces (2009)

Have you ever had a best friend you couldn’t stand? Myles (Ardal O’Hanlon) has one – Austin (Ewen Bremner) – only he’s too much of a slacker to do anything about it. In fact, each one of these layabouts is as useless as the other: a pair of thirty-somethings who laze around watching their lives flutter past. Fate, however, has plans to remedy their lack of motivation. Up to their necks in debt, they decide to help a dodgy entrepreneur, Gerard (Owen Roe), to create a new landmark in Irish tourism: a Famine Theme Park. Reviews “O’Hanlon and Bremner, the first morose, the second a tad more frantic, form an …

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Situation’s Vacant (2008)

Co-Producer: Ailish McElmeel, Executive Producer: Paul Donovan There’s only three ways to succeed in life… lie, lie, and lie. Situations Vacant is a contemporary comedy set in the world of Dave Bracken. It’s a film about self esteem, how to have it, how to lose it and how to get it back again. Reviews “Fresh and funny, the perfect recession antidote.” Sunday World, 2009 “From Grand Pictures comes this hilarious and thoughtful drama about finding a job, getting the girl and constantly lying to get through life. Its hard to find a decent comedy drama nowadays that doesn’t rely on drugs and sex to get a laugh, and this is where …

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