The Cocaine Famine

A Film by Sam McMullen

Synopsis

Two Irish drug dealers, Jacko and his much-maligned sidekick Niallser, drag a captured cockney rival into an abandoned shed in the depths of rural Ireland. A stash of cocaine has gone missing, supplies are running low, and Jacko has his mind set on who is responsible. Things don’t look good for Andy, their prisoner from London. Especially since the vengeful Jacko has a mighty bone to pick with the English. One that goes all the way back to the Famine. The interrogation spirals into a fiercely nationalistic debate about Anglo-Irish history, increasing the threat that something truly terrible is going to happen. Set in an isolated shed, our three characters play out this absurd scene in real time. The result is a short film full of playful humour and hard-hitting historical facts.

Director

  • Picture of Sam McMullen © Sam McMullen

    Sam McMullen

    Sam was born in London, but raised in Paris and Johannesburg. He studied History & Political Science at Trinity College Dublin, where he spent most of his waking hours working in theatre, acting and directing with some of the best young writers working in Ireland today. In 2016, he graduated with a masters in Directing Fiction from the National Film & Television School. His short films all focus on examining humans in surreal or fantastical settings, and span genres from science fiction to dystopian western and supernatural drama. Sam has always strived to inject his work with a very strong visual style and a dark sense of humour, while exploring worlds that are new and often unsettling. He currently works as a promo director for BBC News while developing further projects.

Awards + Festivals

  • 63rd CORK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cork, Ireland)November 10, 2018
  • HYPERWAVE FILM AWARDS - SPRING SEASON (Finalist, Carson, CA, USA)May 17, 2019
  • 11th FASTNET FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Schull, West Cork, Ireland)May 22, 2019
  • *BRONZE - BEST SHORT FILM*
    2nd UNKNOWN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Russia)June 8, 2019
  • 3rd BUDDHA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India)June 9, 2019
  • *BEST COMEDY SHORT*
    3rd BEYOND EARTH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kolkata, India)June 23, 2019
  • *BEST COMEDY*
    QUEEN PALM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Palm Springs, CA, USA)July 13, 2019
  • 9th POSTIRA SEASIDE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Postira, Croatia)July 23, 2019
  • LISBON FILM RENDEZVOUS 2019 (Official Selection, Lisbon, Portugal)August 4, 2019
  • 43rd OPEN AIR FILMFEST WEITERSTADT (Official Selection, Weiterstadt, Germany)August 8, 2019
  • 1st WEST EUROPE - FUSION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS (Official Selection, Brussels, Belgium)August 17, 2019
  • AARETALER KURZFILMTAGE (Official Selection, Trimstein, Switzerland)November 15, 2019

Crew

Director
Sam McMullen
Screenplay
Brian Martin
Executive Producer
Michael Grandage, Aidan Turner, Jonathan Pryce
Producer
Sam McMullen, Brian Martin
Director of Photography
Hamish Anderson
Art Direction
Lili Lea Abraham
Costume Design
Sam McMullen
Sound
Andrei Tudor-Grigor
Editor
Joseph Comar
Sound Design
Tom Jenkins
Music
Tim Morrish

Cast

Jacko
Brian Martin
Niallser
Manus Halligan
Andy
Glenn Speers

Details

Running Time
13:06 min.
Shooting Format
Digital 4K
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1:2.35
Sound
5.1

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

DIRECTOR

Sam McMullen

sam.j.mcmullen@gmail.com
http://www.samjmcm.com/
Twitter: @SamJMcM
@cocaine_famine
Instagram: @samjmcm