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Family Night

An offbeat short horror film set in the winter of 1995, A pre divorce era Dublin, Ireland. It tells the
story of a family forced to take part in a family night by their extremely strict father. Throughout
the night, tensions build as they are forced to have dinner together, sing songs, play charades
and watch a movie, all while trying to keep their father (Eoin Quinn) pleased. However, not all is
as it seems in the household.

  • Alan Dunne
    Director
    Earthly Bonds
  • Alan Dunne
    Writer
    Earthly Bonds
  • Eoin Quinn
    Producer
    Limp
  • Jayne Delahunt
    Producer
  • Eoin Quinn
    Key Cast
    "Father"
  • Denise McCormack
    Key Cast
    "Joanne"
    Red Rock, Kin, Love/Hate
  • Molly McLoughlin
    Key Cast
    "Chloe"
  • Flynn Gray
    Key Cast
    "Alex"
  • Gerry Wade
    Key Cast
    "Salesman"
  • Declan Mills
    Key Cast
    "Tied Up Man"
    Be Good or be Gone
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Horror
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Ireland
  • Country of Filming:
    Ireland
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Distribution Information
  • Green Ray Film Agency
    Sales Agent
    Country: Ireland
Director Biography - Alan Dunne

Alan Dunne is a writer/director from Dublin, Ireland. Alan won the “Film In Cork Short Script Award” in 2017 for his script "Earthly Bonds" where he was mentored by Screen Ireland’s Steven Davenport, Writer/Director Oonagh Kearney and Michael Kinirons. The film stars Peter Coonan and had its premiere at the Cork Film Festival in late 2017 going on to win awards, playing at festivals around the world and aired on RTE as part of the 2021Shortscreen Programme.
In 2020 his latest script “Where It All Began” came second in the Film Offaly Script Competition where it was work-shopped with industry professionals.

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Director Statement

“Having worked with Eoin as an actor on many projects in the past, it was great to hear from him about creating a new film together under his new company Delaquinn Productions. We talked about several ideas that would be great to make first and settled on a script I had written called Family Night.
When creating this film we wanted to make something that would stand out and create a unique viewing experience. The story itself is one that works best from not knowing too much about it going in. It was very hard to pinpoint a similar film to it in style which was great for us creatively. This film is very character driven and features an incredible lead performance by Denise McCormack as Joanne, in a role where she is on the verge of a breakdown, stuck in a relationship she wants out of. The Father, played by Eoin Quinn, is one we hope will be etched into people’s minds long after the film is over, as a very strict and overbearing parent. We also have great performances by Molly Mcloughlin and Flynn Gray who play the children.
Overall, Family night is a very unusual Horror film we hope will grab the audience's attention from the start and gradually transform their bemusement into full blown shock and terror before Family Night is over”