Written by Bronagh Taggart, Troubles is set in the world of Belfast’s after-hours, next generation traditional music scene [view details on IMDb]. ‘If it weren’t for the odd mobile or vape on the table, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was the 1970s’…
This is not a side of Belfast we’ve seen before, nor a demographic we regularly meet: mid-twenties, educated, unemployed and creatively gifted. Within this tight-knit community, where career aspirations and financial realities are left at the door, depression is a constant spectre.
Troubles is a simple tale of friendship through mental illness, the failure of language and the necessity for some other form of expression.
Directed by Jonathan Harden, the film Was shot in Whitehead over two days in February 2018, with the support of NI Screen and BFI Network. The team includes cinematographer Ryan Kernaghan, editor Brian Philip Davis, and casting directors Carla Stronge and Robert Sterne. The film was selected to screen as part of a talent showcase event at BAFTA, and debuted at Galway Film Fleadh in July 2018.
Troubles is part of our longer-term strategy to make larger projects, including a possible TV project following those we’re about to meet in Troubles, and a feature film centred on the lead characters we met in Guard…
An emotionally hardened young woman wrestles with difficult memories when her estranged father returns from time in prison. As he teaches her how to box, reconciliation seems possible, but their traumatic past will not be easily washed away.[view details on IMDb].
GUARD is a short boxing film set in Belfast, written by and starring Bronagh Taggart. The cast also includes Michael McElhatton and Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones). It was Jonathan Harden’s film directing debut.
The project was completed in June 2017 and is currently on its festival run. It has already screened in competition at the Oscar and BAFTA qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Oscar affiliated Galway Film Fleadh, and the European Film Award (EFA) qualifying Short Film Festival in Drama.
So far, GUARD took has taken the bronze award in the Best Short category at the European Independent Film Awards, was a finalist for Best Drama at Door County Film Festival, a nominee at the 2018 Short & Sweet festival, and was nominated in five categories at the inaugural Northern Ireland Short Film Awards.
Find out more at: www.guardshortfilm.com
Honesty Inc. has numerous other stories in development, including a feature-length documentary film, several narrative features and a number of interview-based audio projects.