The Laois premiere screening of Superhuman written/directed by Mícheál Fleming and produced by Michael-David McKernan takes place at the Dunamaise Arts Centre and is the first short film made as part of Laois's 2021 inaugural Short Film Bursary Award.
After being rejected from professional football and diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, an African-Irish secondary school student is guided towards para-athletics and a new identity.
The 2021 Laois Short Film Bursary was awarded to Swandive Productions and explores universal themes, with a micro lens on para-athletics and being black and living in Ireland. It showcases a young person overcoming great challenges, as well as people giving support to those who need it most. It is a pertinent film and sheds light on new types of narratives and the lives of those that often go unseen. Superhuman went into production in Laois in March 2022.
The cast involved in Superhuman are Aaron Edo who most recently filmed the role of Tecky alongside Aidan Gillen in the feature film ‘Barber,’ and the role of Jonner alongside Angeline Ball in the Screen Ireland-backed feature film ‘Deadly Cuts’, directed by Rachel Carey.
Esosa Ighodaro is recogisable for her TV roles in ‘Harry Wild’, ‘Kin’, ‘Smother’, ‘Taken Down’ (2018) and Irish drama film ‘Rose Plays Julie’. Aoibhinn McGinnity, well known for her role in Love/Hate, and John Cronin, a regular on Fair City.
Picture credit: Alf Harvey
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