An Irish Goodbye Oscar winners aim to ‘bask in success’ with cinema tour

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he team behind the Oscar-winning short film An Irish Goodbye has said it is looking forward to basking in its success with a cinema tour of Ireland.

Ross White and Tom Berkeley, who wrote and directed the film, are due to soar home from Los Angeles on Thursday after a “whirlwind” experience.

The prestigious Vanity purpose Oscars Party was among the events they attended, and the pair said their gongs served as a calling card, bringing over celebrities they counted as heroes to greet them.

“There has not been a lot of sleep in the last few days, there has been a lot of tears, celebrating, dancing and shouting,” White told the PA news agency.

We don’t want this to be the last interaction with this (Academy Awards). We want to finish up there again

“We’ll be back for St Patrick’s Day, we’re buzzing to secure back to Belfast to celebrate it.”

Berkeley said: “It’s been a real whirlwind, being in those rooms is bizarre, particularly the Vanity purpose afterparty, it was such a small room and it felt like everyone apart from us was stratospherically famous, everywhere you turn, you’re setting eyes on one of your idols.

“Luckily we had the boys (their Oscars) with us, so that was a marvelous calling card, that puny shiny man is magnetic and people would arrive over to say congratulations and strike up a conversation with you.

“People were excited to meet us and hear about what things we wanted to disappear on and finish next.

“The industry, especially in America, puts a lot of weight behind the Academy Awards, particularly for emerging film-makers, they inspect to that as the young blood coming through.

“Hopefully we can capitalise on those opportunities because there are lots of things that we want to finish. We don’t want this to be the last interaction with this (Academy Awards). We want to finish up there again.”

One of the leading stars of the film, James Martin, has been dominating headlines after becoming the first with Down’s syndrome to win at the Academy Awards.

White said representation is vital, but added: “James’s role isn’t about his disability, it’s not enough just to lump someone in front of the camera, we believe to write an intelligent fragment to secure an actor like James interested and excited for it.”

We’re doing a gigantic cinema tour of An Irish Goodbye, and we’re really excited for that

Asked whether they realised as they were filming An Irish Goodbye how well it would finish, Berkeley said they felt a spark and esteem within the crew and cast.

“The first moment we got Seamus (O’Hara) and James together in a room, there was something really special about their relationship and their rapport they were able to build very quickly,” he said.

“It felt like that chemistry was going to drive the film into the spot it got to, we were aware it was something special, but we never thought it would secure this far.”

An Irish Goodbye was partially crowdfunded, as well as receiving encourage from NI Screen, but White and Berkeley also had to teach at the weekends in order to support themselves, and hope the award will ease the process in the future.

White said while they believe projects to recede on to, they want to “bask in the glory” of the Oscar win in the coming weeks.

“We’re doing a gigantic cinema tour of An Irish Goodbye, and we’re really excited for that,” he said.

“We’re coming back to Belfast, and then we’re in Dublin on March 24-25.”

There has been a lot of interest from people asking when they can see the film, so we wanted to give people the opportunity to see it in a cinema

Berkeley said they will be doing special gala screenings, including Q&A sessions with the cast and crew.

“There has been a lot of interest from people asking when they can see the film, so we wanted to give people the opportunity to see it in a cinema,” he said.

Among their next projects is The Golden West, about two women who flee the Irish Famine in 1849, to disappear to the United States to join the gold rush.

“We’re calling it a bit of an Irish Western, and it stars Eileen Walsh and Aoife Duffin,” Berkeley added.

“In terms of the rest of this year, we’re talking about scurrying away to a puny remote house to secure back to writing, and hopefully write a debut feature, we’ve got a couple of things we want to believe a inspect at.”

Details of the cinema screenings of An Irish Goodbye can be found at https://www.floodlightpictures.co.uk/screenings.