Rapunzel: The Blonde Years

Rapunzel is stranded in a castle tower. The handsome — but ineffectual — Prince comes to her rescue, however she discovers that size really does matter.

  • Fiona Ashe
    Director
    Shades of Gray
  • Trish Groves
    Writer
    I Love You, Suzie
  • Trish Groves
    Producer
    Save Tara Valley
  • Orlaith Doherty
    Key Cast
    "Rapunzel"
    Penny Dreadful
  • Gordon Mahon
    Key Cast
    "Handsome Prince"
    Game of Thrones
  • Fiona Ashe
    Editor
    Shades of Gray
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 30, 2008
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Ireland
  • Country of Filming:
    Ireland
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • International Comedy Short Film Festival
    Vienna
    Austria
    June 5, 2009
    European Premiere
  • Notting Hill Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    July 9, 2009
  • Galway Film Fleadh
    Galway
    Ireland
    July 11, 2009
  • Darklight Film Festival
    Dublin
    Ireland
    March 6, 2009
    Irish Premiere
  • WOW (World of Women) Film Festival
    Sydney
    Australia
    September 4, 2008
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Fiona Ashe

Fiona Ashe is an Irish award-winning Film Director and Screenwriter. In 2016, with her blood diamond script 'Cracks In The Ice', she was a Quarterfinalist in the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, run by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She holds a Diploma in Advanced Film Directing from the New York Film Academy and is a graduate of the ProSeries Professional Screenwriting Program (LA). She also studied screenwriting under the tuition of Robert Towne ('Chinatown') and Paul Schrader ('Taxi Driver') as well studying visual structure taught by Bruce A. Block (co-producer, 'What Women Want'). At the Berlin Film Festival, she attended directing masterclasses taught by Wim Wenders, Anthony Minghella, Mike Figgis, Stephen Frears and Spike Lee. Fiona studied script editing at the BBC in London (UK). She was trained in script reading by The Script Factory (UK) and Northern Ireland Screen. She was employed as a Script Reader by Northern Ireland Screen from 2013 to 2014. Her short film, 'Shades of Gray', a Film Noir shot in New York, won the Best Film Noir Award at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in 2003 and was endorsed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jim Sheridan as "very well directed". Her 2008 short film 'Rapunzel: The Blonde Years' became a viral hit on the Irish Film Board's Virtual Cinema YouTube channel. Fiona specializes in political thrillers about social injustice. She is also passionate about Film Noir and musicals. Her work is endorsed by many renowned filmmakers, including Jim Sheridan, Mark W. Travis, and Bruce A. Block. In 2023 she was a finalist in the Virgin Media Discovers short film competition and was funded to make a proof of concept for a feature film through the National Talent Academies' Director's Lab.

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Leadership
I provide a nurturing leadership that empowers every member of the team to excel and shine.

Value
I value the contribution of every member of the cast and crew and welcome input from everyone.

Collaboration
I engage with colleagues through a strong team ethic. In particular, the collaborative way in which I work with actors empowers them to give their strongest performance and makes them feel supported.

Appreciation
I build excellent working relationships: praising and affirming the hard work and skills of those with whom I collaborate.

Encouragement
Emerging filmmakers are the voices of the future. I give them encouragement and support to elevate their skills and showcase their talents.

Professionalism
I am committed to the craft of screenwriting and directing. I create films to the highest professional standards, bringing added value whenever possible.

Respect
I fully respect copyright and treat every project confidentially.

Passion
It’s a privilege to work as a director and screenwriter, and an honour to collaborate with teams of people who are as passionate about their jobs as I am.