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A SHAMROCK AT MY SIDE

Format: Feature Film

War / Biography / Drama

SYNOPSIS

A SHAMROCK AT MY SIDE tells the story of Irish fighter pilot Brendan “Paddy” Finucane, who at the age of just 21, became the youngest ever Wing Commander in the Royal Air Force, and one of its greatest and most celebrated fighter aces during World War Two.

​It is the story of a life shaped by fate and destiny, but it is also a story of the power of grit and determination and triumph over adversity.

A SHAMROCK AT MY SIDE is a tribute to a now largely forgotten Irish hero, a man who in his short life, inspired a nation and became a living legend.

PRE-VISUALS 

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MOOD BOARD

We intend to take a very stylistic approach with the visuals. Drawing heavily from the look and feel of WW2 paintings. The film will utilize live action elements and animation techniques to create a unique visual experience.

As can be seen in the mood board below, these paintings, with their framing and often expressive, bold use of colourevoke an atmosphere, feeling and emotion that photographs and archive footage rarely capture as potently.

 

Such images will heavily influence the visual telling of the story.

"I am very pleased to support this film on the life of my uncle."

- Brendan Finucane QC

Nephew of "Paddy" Finucane and Vice President of the Hornchurch Aerodrome Historical Trust

MEET THE TEAM

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While attending Bournville Art College, Ian & Dominic re-discovering their childhood love of script writing and photography and began to make short films.

In 2003 they set up their own production company, Pixel Revolution Films. The company’s first film, an experimental animated short, THE WOLF WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, went on to garner several “best animation” awards at various film festivals. The success led to their first commissioned feature film project, THE 13th DAY.

In 2011 they teamed up with producer Nigel Martin Davey to work on the ambitious feature film, ALL THAT REMAINS.

Their other work includes the multi-award winning films 7 DAYS – THE STORY OF BLIND DAVE HEELEY and OF WOLVES AND MEN.

Born in Birmingham UK, both his parents are from Southern Ireland.

 

He trained as an actor and went onto act in numerous television dramas and feature films.

 

He has been a Film Producer since 2003 and has produced many successful films and stage productions most recently 7 DAYS:THE STORY OF BLIND DAVE HEELEY, ALL THAT REMAINS, MAROON JUMPER and OF WOLVES AND MEN all which of have gained awards

WRITERS / DIRECTORS

DOMINIC & IAN HIGGINS

PRODUCER

NIGEL MARTIN DAVEY

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EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

JOHN DAWSON

John is a businessman and enthusiastic entrepreneur from North Worcestershire UK who formed and ran a national IT consultancy, following twenty successful years in the world of show business, TV and theatre, with an extensive knowledge of marketing and film production

 

He also worked for ten years as part of Birmingham's own The Rockin' Berries Group

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CO-PRODUCER

SALLY HUMPHREYS WOOD

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Sally trained at the Central Television Workshop, and Mountview Theatre School. She has a BA (Hons) in Drama. In 2019 Sally was awarded ‘Offie Producer of the Year’.

 

She is on the board of the Roundhouse Theatre, and has chaired three Roundhouse Galas, raising over £2,000,000 to help over 10,000 young people realise their creative potential through various projects in music, media and performing arts. She is a Patron of The Ben Kinsella Trust.

Sally is also the founder of Sweet Theatre Ltd, a confectionery hobby that gained momentum, and its products can now be found across the globe, from West End theatres to major retailers.

CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

TREVOR BEATTIE

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Advertising legend Trevor Beattie is considered one of the leading figures in British advertising and has been responsible for a number of high-profile advertising campaigns for companies such as Wonderbra and French Connection UK

As a film producer Trevor is known for the Bafta winning movie MOON (2009), SPITFIRE (2018) and SIX MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT (2020)

In 2009, Trevor, through his charity,  The Jack and Ada Beattie Foundation, flew 800 WW2 veterans to Normandy for the 65th anniversary of the landings.

Alongside being a founding partner, chairman and creative director of London advertising agency, BMB, Trevor runs  Trevor Beattie Films a successful film production company.