Keep it Country

(Pre-production)

technical information

2017; Ireland; Comedy, Romance; 90 minutes; DCP; 1.33:1 (4:3); Original Language: English

credits

Director
Ciaran O’Connor
Writer
Steven Goldsmith
Production Company
New Decade Production
Producer
Nuala Cunningham

cast

Angelina Ball
Angelina Ball
James Denton
James Denton
Danny Devito (In Negotiation)
Danny Devito
  • Ciaran O’Connor
  • Steven Goldsmith
  • Nuala Cunningham
  • Angelina Ball
  • James Denton
  • Danny Devito

Ciaran O’Connor

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT:
The term 'Keep it Country’ is a popular expression amongst country music loving people.

It represents a sense of togetherness and identity. In this movie, there’s another meaning to the phrase. To 'Keep it Country’ is an instruction to stay within the set boundaries and not to stray into unfamiliar territory. This film is about breaking through those barriers and creating new relationships as well as new forms of music.


This bitter sweet music comedy is set in present day midlands Ireland. It is a classic love story and like any love story, it’s heartbreaking, hectic and sometimes hilarious! But it’s not just a love story between two people, it’s the relationship between a rural community and the music that defines them and that speaks to them.


Music is the strongest voice that our characters have. Like Irish musicals before such as The Commitments and Once, music is the glue that binds the characters together, despite the many obstacles that they face. Audiences will be toe tapping from the opening scene to the closing credits. Keep it Country is a celebration of country music in all its forms including popping pop, melodic bluegrass and a bit of folk and Irish trad into the mix.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film
2015
The Secret Peacemaker
2015
Elixir
2014
The Running Man
2013
Sodium Party
Feature Documentary
2014
Way to Go
2013
The Secret Peacemaker
2012
Secret Billionaire
2012
The Science Squad
photo of Ciaran O’Connor

Steven Goldsmith

Steven Goldsmith has worked in film since taking a job as script editor for independent film company ESP in Beverly Hills in the early '80s. Steven honed his screenwriting skills over the years, writing spec scripts and studying creative writing at the University of California (bachelor's degree) and the University of Montana's renowned creative writing program (master of fine arts degree).

A skilled teacher, Steven has taught creative writing and screenwriting in universities in the United States and in his adopted country of Ireland since 1994.
Steven has been commissioned to write several screenplays since 1999 including The Bodhran Player (based on the true story of 'The Dripsey Ambush'), Paperboy (received development grant from Northern Ireland Screen) and Reconstruction of Warriors (in consultation with Jeremy Irons, now in preproduction).

In 2014 Steven was commissioned to write and direct a film as a Per Cent for Art project for the Offaly community of Shinrone: There's Something About Shinrone.
Current projects include Keep it Country and another romantic comedy set in Italy's
South Tyrol wine country: A Bottle of Primativo.
Steven also regularly provides analysis and coverage of scripts for producers in Ireland and throughout Europe.

Upon relocating to Ireland Steven worked as Communications Director for Paul Newman’s Barretstown charity where he produced a huge array of communications materials, including a promotional video he wrote and co-directed, narrated by Liam Neeson. The film won a Silver Worldmedal Award from the New York Festivals in 1999.


(New York Festivals silver medal winner, Paperboy,Reconstruction of Warriors (in pre production))

photo of Steven Goldsmith

Nuala Cunningham

When I read the first draft of Keep it Country, I felt that this film must be made. Ciaran and I have worked together for over 15 years on a wide range of subject matters and genres. What drives us towards a project is imagining the impact it will have on an audience.

With Keep it Country, we agreed that a music comedy set in the Irish midlands was not just a good local ‘yarn’, it was a universal story that could bring audiences together from around the world, audiences that love colourful characters, surprising twists and an appreciation of good music.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film
2015
Elixir
2015
The Secret Peacemaker
2013
Sodium Party
Feature Documentary
2015
Haunted
2014
Way to Go
2013
The Secret Peacemaker
2012
The Science Squad
Short
2014
The Running Man
photo of Nuala Cunningham

Angelina Ball

Angeline Ball is an Irish actress who currently resides in London, England. She is a trained dancer in ballet, tap and modern dance. Her breakthrough role came in 1991 when she starred as backing singer Imelda Quirke in Alan Parker's The Commitments. Since then she has appeared in various films and television series both in Ireland and in America. Most notably, she played Vada's mother in My Girl 2 for which she sang a rendition of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile". She worked with Alan Parker again when she sang backing vocals for the Evita soundtrack album. Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement wrote the short-lived 1993 TV series Over the Rainbow for her. She also wrote all the music for Over the Rainbow.



In 2003 Ball swept the board at the IFTA (Irish Film And Television Awards), winning Best Actress in a TV Program for her portrayal of Nora in the TV series Any Time Now and Best Actress in A Film for her portrayal of "Molly" in Bloom, an adaptation of James Joyce's Ulysses. In March 2011 she reunited with other Commitments cast members to play a number of gigs culminating with a live concert at the O2 Dublin (formerly The Point Depot). She is currently working on an album and some independent projects.



An image of Ball, in character as Imelda Quirke in the film The Commitments, was featured on an Irish postage stamp as part of the Ireland 1996: Irish Cinema Centenary series issued by An Post.[1] The image includes her The Commitments co-stars Robert Arkins as Jimmy Rabbitte, Maria Doyle Kennedy as Natalie Murphy and Bronagh Gallagher as Bernie McGloughlin.[1]

Selective Filmography

Feature Film
1998
The General
1994
My Girl 2
1991
The Commitments
photo of Angelina Ball

James Denton

While living in Chicago, Denton's first role was as "Stanley" in "A Streetcar Named Desire" and his last was as the terrorist "Bebert" in the French farce "Lapin Lapin". In the years that came between the two, Denton was a company member at The Griffin Theater and at Strawdog Theater Ensemble. He added a steady string of roles and accolades to his quickly growing list of achievements, including one of the leads in the world premiere of "Flesh and Blood", performing in and composing the music for "the Night Hank Williams Died", and his portrayal of Kentucky preacher "C.C. Showers" in "The Diviners" - which gained him a nomination for a Best Actor "Joseph Jefferson Award" (Chicago's only theater award).



After moving to Los Angeles, Denton continued to perform on stage, usually during hiatus from whichever TV series to which he was attached at the time, and many of the plays, as well as the independent movies in which Denton has appeared, have been written by his friend, Mike Petty. For example, "In Walked Monk", in which Denton played the role of "Steven" during the summer of 1999 and Locked Up Down Shorty's", in which he played the role of "Danny", during the summer of 2001.



Denton has appeared in several films, including That Old Feeling (1997), Face/Off (1997) and Primary Colors (1998).



He has also appeared in various television shows including Sliders, Dark Skies, Two Guys and a Girl, Ally McBeal, The West Wing, and JAG, and has had recurring roles in The Pretender, Philly, The Drew Carey Show and Reba. In 2003, he had the lead role of Special Agent John Kilmer in the short-lived crime thriller series Threat Matrix. In 2004, Denton won his most famous role as love interest Mike Delfino on the series Desperate Housewives.



Since first appearing in Desperate Housewives, Denton has continued to act in various made-for-TV and direct-to-DVD movies such as Assumption (2006), Beautiful Dreamer (2006), Undead or Alive (2007), Custody (2007), Tortured (2008) and All-Star Superman (2011). In 2009, Denton appeared in country star Phil Vassar's music video "Bobbi with an I".



Denton plays guitar in the charity band Band from TV along with Hugh Laurie and ex Desperate Housewives co-star Teri Hatcher, among others. Denton has been cast in Killer in the Family alongside Holly Marie Combs. The movie is currently in development and is scheduled to be released in 2011.[dated info][3] Denton modeled for Daniel Hechter's 2012 Spring-Summer advertising campaign.[4]

Selective Filmography

photo of James Denton

Danny Devito

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photo of Danny Devito
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