Cast & Crew
Vincent Gallagher (Director):
Vincent is a storyteller, no matter what the medium. Always a believer in exploring the best ways to tell a story, Vincent has earned a reputation for diving head first into new challenges with a strong visual eye for detail.
Love Is a Sting (written by Oscar® winner Benjamin Cleary - ‘Stutterer’) is currently qualified for the 2017 Academy Awards® in the Best Short (Live Action) category and has won numerous awards to date including the 60th Cork Film Festival as well as being nominated at home for the prestigious Irish Film and Television Awards.
Benjamin Cleary (Writer):
Benjamin is a writer/director from Dublin, Ireland. In 2015 he wrote, directed and edited his first short film 'Stutterer' which has played 70 plus festivals and won over 20 awards including an Academy Award® for best Live Action Short 2016, a London Critic's Circle Award, an Irish Film and Television Award, a Cannes Young Director Award and Best Foreign Film at LA Shorts Fest.
He wrote Love Is A Sting, directed by Vincent Gallagher, which has qualified for the 2017 Oscars® after winning Cork International Film Festival and best foreign film at LA Shorts Fest 2016. Ben is currently writing his first feature.
Ian Hunt Duffy (Producer):
Having graduated from The National Film School in Ireland with a BA in Film and Television Production, Ian set up his own production company in Dublin called Fail Safe Films. Over the last 6 years, Fail Safe has established itself as one of the leading producers of online video content in Ireland, while also gaining a reputation for award-winning short films and music videos. Having originally trained as a director, Ian brings a drive and creative flair to each production.
In 2015, Ian produced the IFTA Nominated ‘Love is a Sting’ for Filmbase and RTÉ. Narrated by Ciarán Hinds and written by Academy Award® winner Benjamin Cleary, the film is an ambitious mix of live action and animation and is currently on the longlist for the Academy Awards in 2017, having won the Grand Prix Irish Short at the Cork Film Festival and the Best Foreign Film award at the LA Shorts Fest. Ian has just completed his latest short film ‘Gridlock’, a thriller he directed starring Moe Dunford and Peter Coonan that is currently beginning its festival run, having also screened at the LA Shorts Fest and winning the Best Film Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival voted by the youth jury.
Seán T. Ó’Meallaigh (Actor - Harold Finch):
Seán is best known for his appearances in Irish language television, some of which include comedy drama series Rásái Na Gallimhe, 3-part supernatural thriller Na Cloigne (Both directed by Robert Quinn), TV mini-series 1916: Seachtar Na Casca in which he appeared as Sean Mac Diarmada, one of the seven signatories of the Proclamation of Irish Independence and revived the role in the follow-up series 1916: Seachtar Dearmadta in 2013 with Abu Media for TG4. He also appeared in Ros Na Rún, Aifric, Adharca Fada and Cré Na Cille for TG4. Film work includes Daithi Carrol in romantic comedy film The Callback written by Graham Cantwell, Kings with Colm Meaney and Ken Loach’s latest film Jimmy’s Hall (Sixteen Films), shown in cinema’s in 2014.
Recent screen work includes 3-part political drama Charlie directed by Kenny Glenaan for Touchpaper TV, broadcast early in 2015 on RTÉ to critical acclaim and playing a lead role in brand-new period drama Klondike directed by Daithi Keane for Abu Media, airing at 9.30pm Tuesday nights on TG4. He is currently filming a recurring role in the fourth series of Vikings created by Michael Hirst for History Channel.
Ciarán Hinds (Narrator):
Ciarán Hinds is an Irish film, television and stage actor. He has built a reputation as a versatile character actor appearing in such high-profile films as Road to Perdition, The Phantom of the Opera, Munich, There Will Be Blood, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, The Woman in Black, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Frozen.
His television roles include Gaius Julius Caesar in the series Rome, DCI James Langton in Above Suspicion, Bud Hammond in Political Animals and Mance Rayder in the Emmy Award-winning Game of Thrones. As a stage actor, Hinds has enjoyed spells with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre in London and six seasons with Glasgow Citizens' Theatre. Adding to his New York Broadway theatre performances, Hinds starred in a production of Tennessee Williams 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as Big Daddy in early 2013.
Barry Murphy (Actor - Exterminator):
Barry Murphy is an Irish comedian whose notable appearances include a starring role in Après Match. As a member of Mr Trellis he founded The Comedy Cellar in Dublin in 1989. He mostly appears as his German alter ego Gunther Grun and was recognised as one of The 10 Kings Of Irish Comedy over the last twenty years by Hot Press.
Murphy hosted the 2002 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) and was himself nominated for an IFTA for Script Television for Little White Lies in 2009 and Irish Pictorial Weekly in 2014. He is the only comedian to have played at every Kilkenny Cat Laughs festival since it started in 1994.