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‘Love is a Sting’ Wins at Clones and Richard Harris International Film Festival


Filmbase/RTÉ Funded Film

The Filmbase/RTÉ film ‘Love is a Sting’ has won the Best Short Film award at the Clones Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Richard Harris International Film Festival, both running from the 22nd to the 25th of October.

This marks the official start of the festival run for ‘Love is a Sting’. Having previewed at The Galway Film Fleadh in July, the film got the attention of renowned Irish actor Ciarán Hinds (‘There Will Be Blood’) who as of now joins the cast as The Narrator.

Directed by Vincent Gallagher (‘Burning Wishes’), written by Benjamin Cleary (‘Stutterer’) and produced by Ian Hunt Duffy and Fail Safe Films (“Small Time”; ‘The Note’), ‘Love is a Sting’ tells the story of a struggling children’s book writer named Harold Finch. At his lowest point, Harold gains an unexpected houseguest in the form of Anabel, an ageing hyper-intelligent mosquito. Anabel has literally been the fly on the wall throughout history, but has never managed to communicate with a human being. Until now.

Narrated by Ciarán Hinds (‘Game of Thrones’) and starring Seán T. Ó Meallaigh (‘An Klondike’), with an appearance from Barry Murphy (‘Après Match’), the film is an exciting mix of live-action and animation. “We always knew that ‘Love is a Sting’ was going to be more ambitious than most short films”, says director Vincent Gallagher, “We had a total of 77 VFX shots, 12 more than Jurassic Park, so it was a real labour of love!”

The final piece of the puzzle was finding the right actor for the narration. “We really felt the story deserved a great actor to narrate it”, says producer Ian Hunt Duffy, “So we were delighted to get Ciarán Hinds on board. He just brings such gravitas and emotion to the piece”.