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Citizen Vader

A lonely widower stalks his deserted mansion, gloomily contemplating ending his own life. His last word may hold the key to what has sent him down this dark path.

  • Aidan Duffy
    Nostalgia.exe, Mirrorman
  • Aidan Duffy
    Nostalgia.exe, Mirrorman
  • Aidan Duffy
    Nostalgia.exe, Mirrorman
  • Aidan Duffy
    Key Cast
    Nostalgia.exe, Mirrorman
  • Eoghan O' Brien
    Director Of Photography
    Nostalgia.exe, How To Be Happy
  • Liam O' Brien
    Visual Effects
    Nostalgia.exe, Dome
  • Gary Sheridan
    Nostalgia.exe, How To Be Happy
  • Project Type:
    Short, Web / New Media, Other
  • Genres:
    Science Fiction, Fan Film, Period Piece, Drama, Spoof
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 14, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    14 EUR
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 9th Firehouse Film Contest
    Filmbase, Dublin
    October 16, 2014
    World Premiere
    Best Cinematography
Director Biography - Aidan Duffy

Aidan Duffy was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1984. His breakthrough short film as writer-director Mirrorman had it's world premiere at the Short Film Corner of the 64th Festival de Cannes and won the L.A. Diversity Film Festival's Ichi-Go Ichi-E award, as well as being nominated for best screenplay at Dublin's Underground Cinema awards and transmitted on the Shortscreen programme on Irish TV station RTÉ2.. His next short film Nostalgia.exe also began it's festival run with a world premiere at the Short Film Corner of the 67th Festival de Cannes, before competing for the Grand Prix Irish at the Oscar-qualifying Cork International Film Festival. Nostalgia.exe also played in French subtitled form at the 2nd Courts des Iles film festival in Tahiti, French Polynesia before also being transmitted as part of the Shortscreen programme on Irish television station RTÉ2. He wrote and directed the Star Wars/Citizen Kane spoof Citizen Vader which won the best cinematography award at the 9th Firehouse Film Contest in Dublin and recently surpassed 2,000 views on YouTube. His newest short film The Observation Level won the Jury Award at the 2nd Pink City International Film Festival in Rajasthan, India, and has been selected for the International Peace & Film Festival due to take place in November in Orlando, Florida. He is currently studying for a Masters degree in Digital Feature Film Production.

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Director Statement

Citizen Vader is intended as an affectionate homage to two of my biggest filmmaking influences; Orson Welles' Citizen Kane and George Lucas' Star Wars saga. The story was inspired by Lucas' consideration of Welles to provide the voice of Darth Vader in the original movie. I'm quite happy to consider it my "four-and-a-half-th" short film, and hope it's as enjoyable to watch as it was to make. May The Force Be With Us All.