The movie garnered serious attention at global film festivals
By Clodagh Meaney
Award-winning short film The Shift by director Megan K. Fox premiered online this weekend after a year and a half on the film-festival circuit.
The film follows 15-year-old Denise, played by Fiona Bergin, during the last disco of the Gaeltacht. The never-been-kissed before teen is determined to land her first shift before returning home.
Úna O’Brien and Ciara Rose Van Buren play Rachel and Cliodhna, Denise's two friends and confidants.
Written by Mairead Kiernan and produced by Karen Twohey, this female-centric comedy explores topics such as gender, feminism and politics.
With a cúpla focal and a bit of An Dreoilín, this movie bound to bring back glorious memories of summers spent at Irish college.
Speaking to EMPWR, award-winning director Megan revealed that she instantly fell in love with the script.
"We started working together to refine further drafts and submitted to the Film in Cork Short Script Award 2018."
"Teaming up with producer Karen Twomey of Bankhouse Media, we won the funding scheme and a budget of €8K to make our film," she explained.
She also paid tribute to the community in Schull, West Cork where the film was shot.
"It's quite an ambitious little short to make on that budget, but with the help of the community in Schull, West Cork, where we shot the film, we pulled it off and had an absolutely amazing time shooting."
The Shift premiered at Cork Film Festival where it began its festival journey by winning the title of Best Cork Short.
"A result of that win the film got to tour Irish festivals all over the world, from Chicago to Moscow and many places in between,"said Megan.
The 13 minute short went on to win the XX Award for Best Female Character at the BAFTA-nominated Underwire Festival in London. The Shifted ended it's festival run at Belfast Film Festival 2020 where it won Best Short.
Last year, Megan was selected for the highly competitive New Directors Multi-Camera Training programme for continuing drama, an initiative of RTÉ and Screen Skills Ireland. Through the scheme Megan earned her first TV credits for directing episodes of long running Irish soap Fair City, and is now fully trained in multi-camera directing for studio.
Her upcoming projects include Cailín Álainn, a tender bilingual coming-of-age film about a transgender teen, which secured the inaugural Kerry Film Bursary 2018.
You can watch The Shift here.