Private Project

The Act of Separation

At the end of love, all that remains is the act of separation, the first tentative steps out into the silent lands.

  • Caoimhin Coffey
  • Caoimhin Coffey
  • Eamon Hughes
  • Slaney Power
    Key Cast
  • Derek Ugochukwu
    Key Cast
  • Andrew George Khew
  • Cian Murphy
  • Lia Campbell
  • Ciara Rigney
    1st Assistant Director
  • Conor McCluskey
    Production Assistant
  • Matt McGuigan
    Camera Operator
  • Ronan Cooper
    1st Assistant Camera
  • Fionnuala McCormack
    2nd Assistant Camera
  • Tiernan O'Rourke
    Second Unit Camera Operator
  • Alec Delaney
    Second Unit Assistant Camera
  • Fionn Walshe
    Sound Recordist
  • Kevin Scott
    Boom Operator
  • Fionn Walshe
  • Paul Beagan
  • Cian Murphy
    Data Wrangler
  • Lia Campbell
  • Neasa Flannery
    Costume Design
  • Deana Headerman
    Costume Design
  • Rónán Eamonn Carlin
    Costume Design
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 21, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    450 EUR
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  • Language:
    English, Irish
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Director Biography - Caoimhin Coffey

Caoimhin Gaughan Coffey, (born 1997) is a young filmmaker from the west of Ireland. At the age of three he insisted on being left alone in a cinema auditorium during the opening sequence of Disney’s Dinosaur while his mother brought his neighbour to the bathroom.
His subsequent passing obsession with dinosaurs gradually gave way to the realization that it was film itself that had captured him. At the age of twelve, after spending an entire summer shooting, he’d completed his first film, the twenty-five minute long sci-fi epic Tiny Terminator, which later screened at the Galway Junior Film Fleadh.
Caoimhin’s mother and father, an oil-painter and writer respectively, enrolled him in all-Irish speaking schools from kindergarten onwards. Given the embattled and marginalized state of the Gaelic language, a deep sense of cultural obligation grew within him throughout these years. This, coupled with a humanistic, non-religious upbringing, has left him poised perfectly between both old and new forms of Irish society.
From such a background, it is no surprise that Caoimhin is largely concerned with experimentation and the deconstruction of traditional narrative tools in film. He is currently enrolled in the National Film School in Dublin. Creatively, his work is driven by the open questions of expression and identity, and the necessity for self-examination in order to resolve them.

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Director Statement

At the start of this project, I knew I wanted to tell a story with as few elements as possible. I adopted this minimalist approach to strengthen my grip on storytelling.
There would be no dialogue, no musical swells and no monologues.
For me, this film examines the effect we have on one another, rendered through the prism of nature. I wanted to explore a romantic relationship without conveying any romance in the storytelling. To show a deep connection without any benefit.