Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

15.20 19 Jun 2020


Share this article


An Irish teenager says he hopes his short film about the coronavirus pandemic reaches an international audience.

16-year-old Michael Keane from Cobh wrote, directed and starred in COVID Éire, and released the short on YouTube last month.

However, he's now looking to other streaming platforms in a bid to reach more people - with the film set for an Amazon Prime release next month.

Speaking on Moncrieff, Michael explained: “COVID Eire is based on a young Irish person… he’s had the coronavirus.

"He’s taking a train ride, reflecting on everything that happened… how his life mentally and physically unravelled, and how he lost everything for a while.

“It’s kind of a reflection on how I felt, but it’s also a collection of stories and moments from the whole pandemic I gathered from other people."

Cork teen hoping his short film about coronavirus pandemic reaches international audience

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

  

Michael - who is half Spanish - also spoke to family members and friends from Spain to learn about the experiences of the virus.

With the research done and the shots planned, Michael recorded the whole thing himself with a camera and a tripod on a train journey from Cobh to Cork and back.

In terms of sound, Michael told Sean: “The film is actually a voice-over. You can hear the train noises, but the actual dialogue is a voice-over recording… I layered it over, and it came out nicely.

"I went up to Cork and back. That's it - I jumped on the train, I came back, and I had it shot."

With the film complete, Michael has decided to look to Amazon Prime as a way to help his film reach an international audience.

He explained: “I wanted people to see how Ireland went through the situation and how young people did. I found out Amazon was a great way to do that, because they have a short film category.

“I did it through a distribution company. It’s for independent filmmakers like myself… I gave them everything I had, and they were able to help me get it on the platform."

The film's now expected to be released on the streaming platform in July.

Michael - who is due to start fifth year in September - is now considering filmmaking as a career once he's finished school.

He observed: “I really enjoy filmmaking - I think I could make a job out of it. It doesn’t feel like work - I really love it.

"Even when I’m doing videos for business owners and stuff, it doesn’t feel like I’m working.”

Main image: Screenshot from COVID Éire via YouTube

Share this article


Read more about

Covid Eire Michael Keane Short Film

Most Popular

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

Best Of Newstalk

Best Of Newstalk

00:00-07:00

Share

Up next

Embedded: Tech in Town

Embedded: Tech in Town

07:00-08:00

Share

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST WITH SUSAN...

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST WITH SUSAN KEOGH

08:00-09:00

Share

ALIVE AND KICKING WITH CLARE M...

ALIVE AND KICKING WITH CLARE MCKENNA

09:00-10:00

Share

TAKING STOCK WITH VINCENT WALL

TAKING STOCK WITH VINCENT WALL

10:00-11:00

Share

ON THE RECORD WITH GAVAN REILL...

ON THE RECORD WITH GAVAN REILLY

11:00-13:00

Share

OFF THE BALL

OFF THE BALL

13:00-19:00

Share

TALKING HISTORY WITH PATRICK G...

TALKING HISTORY WITH PATRICK GEOGHEGAN

19:00-20:00

Share

SOUNDSCAPE

SOUNDSCAPE

20:00-21:00

Share

FUTUREPROOF WITH JONATHAN MCCR...

FUTUREPROOF WITH JONATHAN MCCREA

21:00-22:00

Share

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

22:00-00:00

Share

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:00-06:00

Share

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

06:00-06:30

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on