Director's full-length debut is a wrap

A debut feature from an Irish director starring John Hurt and Oscar-winning Vanessa Redgrave has wrapped up filming, it was confirmed today.

A debut feature from an Irish director starring John Hurt and Oscar-winning Vanessa Redgrave has wrapped up filming, it was confirmed today.

Anthony Byrne, who has already written and directed an award- winning short film, has taken his latest effort, a wicked tale of culinary seduction and fantasy, to the editing room.

"All the actors got involved as they loved the script. They all worked really well together, some were only there for short times, others were on for longer spells," Catherine O'Flaherty, of Igloo Films Ireland, said.

Mr Byrne, who directed the award-winning short black-and-white film Meeting Che Guevara And The Man From Maybury Hill, began writing the feature, which is set in a restaurant, four years ago.

The project, Short Order, which also stars the comedian Jack Dee, follows a day and a night in two different restaurants.

Ms O'Flaherty said the production crew spent six weeks filming between Ireland and Studio Bendestorf Hamburg in Germany.

"We spent three weeks filming in Ardmore studios and Wicklow. The interior was shot in Ardmore and the exterior was shot in Hamburg," she said.

"We brought over the set to Hamburg and we built a street over there. It took a good long time, a lot of preparation.

"It was an incredible achievement. We began filming here on the 27th of September and spent three weeks here. Then on 15th of October, a Friday, we flew over to Hamburg and we were at it and filming by the Monday."

The film was co-funded by the Irish Film Board, Filmfoerderung Hamburg, Eurimages, Section 481, Media Plus, RTE, Alisbury Corporate Finance, UKFS/Sale & Leaseback and Axiom Films.

Emma de Caunes plays the lead role of Fiona, who is the short order chef at Ishmaels and brings the street to life with two musical numbers.

"John Hurt was in it again. He starred in the film Meeting Che Guevara And The Man From Maybury Hill and he got on really well with Anthony," she said.

The film also stars Jon Polito, Cosma Shiva Hagen, Rade Serbedzija, Paschal Friel, Tatianna Ouliankina and Paul Kaye.

The feature was produced by Brian Willis of Igloo Films, Peter Stockhaus Filmproduktion in Germany and Ipso Facto Films in the UK.

The production crew are currently editing the film in Wicklow's Ardmore studio and will then move to London to work on the final details.

Igloo Films is due to deliver the movie, whose executive producer was David Collins of Samson Films, in March of next year.

"I think it is going to do really well. When you read a script and know it's good, you can't go wrong," Ms O'Flaherty said.

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