Producing Features: Swing Bout and Twig

By 26 February 2024Listen, News & Events
In this episode of the WFT Ireland Podcast Board Member and Producer Fiona Kinsella chats with two of our members who have produced feature films screening at this year’s Dublin International Film Festival.  Ruth Carther’s Twig and Sinéad ORiordan‘s Swing Bout both premiered at the festival.

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About Ruth Carter

Ruth has vast experience in TV and film development and production with credits in development for Oscar nominated Glenn Close film Albert Nobbs, Byzantium starring Saoirse Ronan, Triage starring Colin Farrell and many more. Primarily focusing on developing and producing low budget, high quality comedy with one of RTE”s biggest rating comedy series Damo & Ivor Series 1 and 2, she then launched her own production company Blue Ink Films. With Blue Ink Films she’s produced contemporary Greek Tragedy Antigone set in Dublin called Twig written and directed by Marian Quinn (32A) starring Sade Malone (Tin Star, Pistol) and Brían F. O’Byrne (Little Boy Blue, Million Dollar Baby). A psychological thriller Lies We Tell with Embankment Films attached as Sales Agents. Written by Elisabeth Gooch, directed by Lisa Mulcahy (Ridley Road, Years & Years, Blood, Undercliffe) starring Agnes O’Casey (Ridley Road) and David Wilmot (Calm With Horses, Ordinary Love). As well as a slate of comedies from Damo & Ivor – The Movie (picked up by Carnaby international, Netflix), two comedy pilots called Bump and Dad starring diverse cast like Charlene McKenna (Peaky Blinders) and Paul Mescal (Normal People) and financed by RTE and Screen Ireland. She also produced RTE’s first animation comedy series for adults Ends Meet as well as producing 7 shorts for the RTE online player. A writer/ producer herself Ruth has worked alongside many writers over the years developing their ideas and moving scripts from development into production. Ruth’s own screenplay Riley – A Complicated Truth has been supported in development by Screen Ireland. She has just completed her MA in screenwriting in IADT with a first class degree.She was also selected for the Red Rock Writers academy in 2016. Ruth is also an alumni of the Rotterdam Producer’s lab in 2015. Ruth is working on a slate of projects across television and film in both comedy and drama.


About Sinead O’ Riordian

Sinead O’ Riordan is an award-winning actor and producer and is the founder of ORion Productions. She can be seen in Element Pictures’ TV Series The Dry (streaming on BritBox) where she plays the role of LARA and which will air in the Autumn on RTE. She can also be seen playing the role of EIVOR in DareMedia Productions’ short film Siege of Paris which is currently streaming on YouTube. Sinead is currently collaborating with writer/director Maurice O’Carroll on a new feature film called Down And Out which will shoot in Cork over the coming months. She was a producer on Brian Benjamin Dwyer’s Puttnam award-winning short film Wireless which had its world premiere at the Fastnet Film Festival in 2022 and also produced the Screen Ireland-funded short film, Conversations With My Dead Father, which won BEST IN CORK at the same festival. Sinead has also worked as an EPK Field Producer on productions such as Swagger (Apple TV), FATE – The Winx Saga (Netflix), The North Sea Connection (Subotica) and Christmas at Castle Heart (Hallmark). Other credits as actor and producer, include the hilarious web series Sucking Diesel and the feature film Dead Along The Way which premiered at Galway Film Fleadh and went on to have a theatrical release in Ireland. Both now enjoy a cult following on Amazon Prime. Sinead recently qualified with a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Producing in association with TU Dublin and Screen Ireland.