Driftwood Doll Films is an independent film production company based in Dublin. As well as its own film projects, the company develops and associate produces projects by up and coming filmmakers, and works to bring underrepresented voices into the industry. The Betrayal, photo by Rafal Kostrezewa
written by Kamila Dydyna, directed by Kamila Dydyna & Natasha Waugh, produced by Kamila Dydyna & Driftwood Doll Films (Eilís Abbott, Michael O’Dwyer)
Nel and Mark’s marriage is on the rocks. Nel’s best friend, Alice, is madly in love with her. As Nel starts questioning her feelings for Alice, Mark’s own issues unravel, changing all of their lives forever.
written by Joe Lynch & Michael O’Dwyer, directed by Michael O’Dwyer, produced by Joe Lynch & Driftwood Doll Films (Eilís Abbott, Michael O’Dwyer)
A homeless drug addict’s self-destructive and solitary odyssey around Dublin is interrupted by someone from his past who offers a ray of light to his world.
SAME TIME SAME PLACE
written & directed by Sinead Ralston, produced by Driftwood Doll Films (Eilís Abbott, Michael O’Dwyer)
An indefatigable pensioner goes to greater and greater lengths to woo the indomitable woman of his dreams in a series of silent comedy style vignettes.
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written by Joe Lynch, directed by Stephen Brady, produced by Joe Lynch & Driftwood Doll Films (Eilís Abbott, Michael O’Dwyer)
Richard is a troubled and misunderstood young man with only a tender grasp on the realities around him. Living in a rundown almost dystopian apartment complex in inner-city Dublin, and constantly hounded by a nightmarish gang of local youths, the one hope that remains for Richard is his devoted girlfriend Karen. But Karen has been seeing the cracks grow in his mental stability, and begins to worry what the future holds for the relationship if Richard locks them away from the world.
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written & directed by Natasha Waugh, produced by David C Lynch, Fight Back Films, Hopehapp Productions. Associate Producer : Driftwood Doll Films (Eilís Abbott, Michael O’Dwyer)
A girl and a woman meet in an airport departure gate. Just before they board a plane to Manchester, we witness a private exchange as they share the different reasons that brought them to this moment, and the traumatic journey that awaits them.
DEAD ALONG THE WAY
written & directed by Maurice O’Carroll, produced by Sinead O’Riordan, Burnt Ice Pictures, ORion Productions, Associate Producer : Driftwood Doll Films (Eilís Abbott, Michael O’Dwyer)
Shooting Wedding Videos can be Murder. When two wedding videographers accidently kill their loan shark they decide to try and hide the body before the marriage ceremony begins.
written & produced by Jenn McGuirk, directed by Liam Alex Heffron, produced by Sinéad O’Riordan (ORion Productions), Associate Producer : Driftwood Doll Films (Michael O’Dwyer)
This film about catcalling was officially selected and screened at the 1 Minute Short Film Competition in July as part of The Galway Film Fleadh.
Mary McEvoy parks Biddy at the door and is barely recognisable as the brash and butch Linda. Tae Talk also stars Sinéad O’Riordan (Dead Along The Way) Jenn McGuirk (Hate/Love, The Ray D’Arcy Show) and Conor Clear (TV3).
LEAD US NOT
written & directed by Alan Mulligan, produced by Alan and Anthony Mulligan, Executive Producer : Driftwood Doll Films (Eilís Abbott, Michael O’Dwyer)
A disillusioned banker fights his desires for an attractive co-worker as he plots the demise of an immoral banking system.
written & directed by Kamila Dydyna, produced by Eamonn Tutty, Cara Bamford, Reckoner Productions, FoxRock Productions, Associate Producer : Driftwood Doll Films (Eilís Abbott, Michael O’Dwyer)
In 1991, Cat O’Neill testifies in a domestic abuse court hearing. Case parties: Mum and Dad. Award-winning short film inspired by a true story.
COMMISSIONED ART EXHIBITION & PERFORMANCE FILMS
BUT THE DISTANCE BETWEEN – a live art performance by Aodán McCardle
A Driftwood Doll Films production (Filmed & Edited by Michael O’Dwyer)
A live art performance by Aodán McCardle in response to “5 Cavendish Row”, a group show curated by Olivier Cornet and Arran Henderson. Saturday 29th August 2015, Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1, Ireland
A TERRIBLE BEAUTY / COUNTERPOINT – group exhibition / Jordi Forniés
A Driftwood Doll Films production (Camera : Michael O’Dwyer, Editor : Eilís Abbott)
“A Terrible Beauty”, a group show responding to WWI photography, organised and curated by the Olivier Cornet Gallery in association with the Irish Georgian Society.
Featured artists : Michelle Byrne, Hugh Cummins, Mark Doherty, Conrad Frankel, John Fitzsimons, Jordi Forniés, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Yanny Petters, Kelly Ratchford, Hanneke van Ryswyk, Adrienne Symes
“Counterpoint”, a solo show of new works by Jordi Forniés, organised and curated by the Olivier Cornet Gallery.
Filmed in The Octagonal Room, City Assembly House, Dublin (2015)
Driftwood Doll Films have several short and feature film projects in development.
TURNING POINT – is a visceral and shocking coming-of-age feature drama about a man rocketing towards self-destruction, until circumstances force him to try and go straight despite the overwhelming odds.
“TURNING POINT” is part of Michael’s ongoing film-making partnership with Joe Lynch and was shortlisted for interview by the Cornerstone IFB scheme at the Factory.
DRIFTWOOD DOLLS – is a funny, gritty, romantic, heart-wrenching, but ultimately life-affirming coming of age story about an outsider teenage girl facing extremely difficult moral choices that could determine the course of her adult life.
“DRIFTWOOD DOLLS” was Michael’s first feature film script, its title coming from the idea that a person in a sea of troubles needs someone to cling to so they don’t sink under the weight. A driftwood doll is someone who offers to be that person, fighting on your side and not letting you give up hope.
SHIFTER – is a supernatural TV drama series in development based around the real and often cruel treatment of animals by humans, exploring the theme that we have more to fear from the savage instinct within people.
“SHIFTER” is part of Michael’s ongoing film-making partnership with Joe Lynch. Below is a 30 second teaser promo we made for RTE Storyland 2015.