Community spirit praised by film director

November 7th, 2016 10:05 PM

By Kieran O'Mahony

John Collins and Marie Hayes as the father and mother of the bride with Michael Kennedy and Grace Corrigan in the background in the Moon Car on the set of ‘Inlaws & Outlaws.'

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IT was being billed as ‘the wedding of the year’ and it certainly lived up to the hype as the local community in Dunmanway came out in their droves to support a wedding scene for a new film being shot in West Cork.

Inlaws & Outlaws is the latest comedy film from writer and director Brendan Hayes who also directed last year’s Macra Girl and last Saturday’s wedding scene shoot took place at Coolkelure Church last Saturday. With the help of extras from all over West Cork and the kind generosity from local businesses, it turned out to be a thoroughly entertaining affair for all those that took part. ‘To say that I am grateful to the community of West Cork is an understatement. They have been the very heart and soul of this absolutely no-budget film by supplying whatever we asked for,’ Brendan told The Southern Star.

‘From Floral Creations to Illusions to the Parkway Hotel and the parishioners of Coolkelure, there are so many local businesses that I would like to thank and they all enabled the cast and crew of this production to ensure that the script that I wrote became the film that I have no doubt everybody will sincerely enjoy.’

As well as well-known actors like Michael Twomey and Pascal Scott and a bunch of local actors, a certain yellow Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, built in 1919 and known as the Moon Car, also took centre stage at the wedding. This infamous car was used by the IRA at nighttime during the War of Independence to attack British soldiers, but was subsequently buried for over 70 years until it was restored to its former glory. 

Its owner Pat McSweeney from Manch was also thanked by Brendan for allowing the use of the car for the wedding scene shoot.

Inlaws & Outlaws is described as a comedy and revolves around a young man (Thomas) from a poor background who is about to marry the love of his life (Fiona) who comes from a wealthy background. ‘All will revealed when the film gets its very first screening in Dunmanway on a date that will be announced soon,’ added Brendan.

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