A few weeks ago I received a call from a friend embarking on directing a short film set in Belfast. Phil Harrison was embarking on his first self written short film entitled “Even Gods”.
Arriving on set I really wasn’t sure what to expect, out of my depth, I was thrown into nervous turmoil when the first person I was introduced to was none other than Cherrybomb director Lisa Barros D’Sa.
The film is entitled ‘Even Gods’ a short by Canderblinks/Manifesto Films telling the story of Hughie (Lalor Roddy), a former alcoholic and long-time joker, who meets his estranged daughter for the first time in over a decade.
Written and directed by Phil Harrison the film stars Lalor Roddy (Hunger, Cherrybomb, Scapegoat to name just a few of his films) a remarkable actor whose performance was absolutely gripping. Acting alongside Paul Caddell the scenes were realism personified.
Wisecracking, large-hearted, Hughie has been living in a long-term homeless shelter in Belfast for 6 years. He is well-liked in the hostel, the life and soul.
But when his daughter contacts him out of the blue and wants to see him for the first time in thirteen years the boundaries of Hughie’s solid life begin to blur and the wounds of the past come back into sharp, painful focus.
And when Hughie meets his granddaughter, who he never knew existed, he finds himself circling the contours of a life he thought lost, buried forever.
I have seen some very moving films but it was surreal to watch the scenes being captured, the performances were gripping, believable to the point I could hardly breath as each take was shot.