SWAT team plots capture of meat dealer in film short

TWO talented Kerry filmmakers have released their latest work which is an engaging short film titled Meat Is Murder.

Ben Kavanagh and Luke Murphy are the duo behind the independent short action-comedy which they have scripted, directed and produced.

The film was shot last summer while Kavanagh and Murphy were in their second year of studying Film and Screen Media at University College Cork. The project was shot entirely in Cork City.

Producer: Luke Murphy

The film marks the first time the two have collaborated as directors and it sees a successful blend of their respective styles, with Kavanagh’s broad comedy and high-concept storytelling – as seen in his 2018 short comedy Word of Mouth – being paired with Murphy’s sharp wit and focus on the absurdity of modern life which was on show in his 2019 documentary Intro to Anthro.

Luke Murphy is from Killarney and his films have been screened at festivals across the country. His documentary Intro to Anthro was selected for screening at the Fastnet Film Festival, Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, IndieCork Film Festival, International Student Documentary Festival and the First Cut Film Festival.

Producer: Ben Kavanagh

Ben Kavanagh, from Tralee, was awarded a Ford Quercus creative and performing arts scholarship to study Film and Screen Media in UCC. His work has been screened in illustrious festivals worldwide and his latest short film, Word of Mouth, won Best Film at First Cut Film Festival and Best Comedy at the Charlie Chaplin International Film Festival and was chosen to be screened at London Irish Film Festival, Junior Galway Film Fleadh, Kerry Film Festival and Fastnet Film Festival.

Ben and Luke’s new project is based in a world where the consumption of animal products is both illegal and taboo and a vegan SWAT-team plot the capture of an infamous meat-dealer.

The unique script drew an eclectic and talented cast including Lorcan J O’Neill, Kerry online comedy sensation Bernard Casey and Joe Mullins who starred in Pilgrim Hill and Glassland.

Meat Is Murder features a score composed by popular Tipperary-based synth artist Bart Graft, whose songs have received hundreds of thousands of online hits.

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