Director: Maureen O’Connell
What is your film about? Who are the characters?
Proclaim! is about the true story of 3 Dublin printers who defied the odds and managed to print Ireland’s first proclamation in one night, in secret & without all the tools to do so.
It is about courage in the face of adversity.
The 3 Dublin printers are:
The other characters surrounding them are (to name just a few), James Connolly, Countess Markievicz, Helena Molony, William West (a British printer who helped them out!) Andy ‘Dazzler’ Mulligan and Padraig Pearse.
Can you describe a typical day on set/Best experience during the making of the film?
Well, there wasn’t a ‘typical’ or ‘normal’ day per se as it was an extremely low budget affair so we all showed up and tried to get as much as we possibly could get done and as well as we could. So, every day was different.
I think the GPO shoot was one of the best days for me. I shot for the first time with a 14 foot crane in front of the GPO with no permit and with 40 extras all in costume to listen to our wonderful actor Michael O’Kelly who played Pearse reading the proclamation.
We had no base either to put equipment and our own bags etc… So, we put everything under the pillars of the GPO. It was risky- the whole thing was risky!!! But the Gardaí there helped us out enormously! They didn’t have to but they looked after our bags and equipment for us- we had no other crew members to do that as it was all hands on deck and we’d no one extra to make sure our stuff was safe. So, they helped us so much!
I also remember after we got the GPO stuff and we had to pick up equipment and run to our next cheap online valium no prescription location. I chucked so much equipment onto my back and ran down the road with the rest of the crew and cast carrying as much as we could and I remember looking around and we were all charging ahead, running as fast as we could with equipment on our backs and I was shouting ‘Let’s go!’ There was a real feeling of togetherness on our shoot. We were all doing it together. It was exhilarating, exciting, fun and just plain awesome!!!
Who is your biggest influence?
Stanley Kubrick, Stephen Spielberg, Lynn Ramsay, Peter Weir, Ang Lee, John Cassavetes, Harmony Corine & Andrea Arnold. Not necessarily in that order. But Kubrick is definitely top of the list.
Dostoevsky, Roald Dahl, Spike Milligan, Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Inchbald, Jane Austen, all the Bronte’s, Lena Dunham.
What is your favourite film?
Paths of Glory, Lolita, Eyes Wide Shut (but I’d have loved to have seen the full Kubrick version which they wouldn’t allow him release. It does feel like there’s something missing from the film as it is), The Shining, , Midnight Cowboy, Full Metal Jacket, Jaws, Harold & Maude, E.T., Munich, Saving Private Ryan, Ratcatcher, Wasp, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Galipoli, Lust Caution, Braveheart.
What are your plans for the future/Whats your next step?
I’m shooting a low budget feature at the moment. I’m a co-writer on it, I’m acting in it as one of the leads, I’m directing and production managing. It’s very hard work but I’m half-way through already and it’s enormously satisfying to think, a month ago I had only a rough idea to shoot this film and now I am half-way done to completing principal photography.
Advice for people who have just picked up a camera and want to make a movie?