Experiencing Interruptions?


Set in the rugged and wild landscapes of Connemara, Ireland, SOLAS (Light) captures a personal moment in time. The film shares the resilience of spirit, inspiring others, no matter what, to remember theirs.

There is always hope, there is always light and possibility always = magic.

    Lost Beneath the Stars, Lough Deg (Red Lake)
    Lost Beneath the Stars, Lough Derg (Red Lake)
    Key Cast
  • Claire Bermingham
  • Daithi
    Music Composer
  • Michael-David McKernan
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    3 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 5, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
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Director Biography - CLAIRE BERMINGHAM

Claire Bermingham was born and raised in Ireland. She has a BA in Drama & Theatre from Trinity College, Dublin (winner of the Socrates scholarship completing studies jointly with University of California). Claire works successfully as an actor in Los Angeles, (About Hope, Step Into: Miss Laura’s, Killing Frisco) achieving her dual citizenship due to her contribution in the field. She began writing and producing with first film Lost Beneath the Stars in which she also stars. This piece was purchased at Cannes Film Market for RTE network Ireland and enjoyed a successful festival run premiering at Warsaw International Film Festival (Oscar qualifying), in competition at Edmonton International Film Festival (Oscar Qualifying) [Winner Bobby Riddell Award: Excellence in Cinematography] and screening as part of the Irish Screen America festival in both Los Angeles and New York. Claire has just premiered another self-written and produced Irish narrative piece, Red Lake, filmed on location in Wicklow, Ireland, co-starring Hazel Doupe and directed by Irish Art Council’s filmmaker of the year Shaun Dunne.

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Director Statement

When you are at your lowest, where do you go? What do you do? Couple that with a global lockdown and then what… ?

My experience of solitude in my home country challenged me to face painful emotions from my present as well as years shelved in LA. At the time of recording, I never felt so very much alone. In an effort to evade my pain and escape to the farthest place possible; I found myself in Connemara, last stop on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Here, Nature was my savior. An incredible gift - one that kept on giving. Never questioning, no demands - just always there.

Every day I went out into the wilderness. Every day navigating uncertainty, heartbreak, pain. Yet through the landscape I began to find my pulse again. Through the wild horses, ocean waves, I began to heal. The wind, the moon, the birds gave me real hope again. I became reminded of my strength and peace took hold.

I created this piece to share the resilience of spirit - to inspire others, no matter what, to remember theirs. There is always hope, there is always light and possibility always = magic.