Tribeca Film Festival: Eamonn Murphy’s film A BETTER YOU challenges self-perception

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Director Eamonn Murphy’s “A Better You” was selected to screen at the Oscar-qualifying Tribeca Film Festival, due to the Coronavirus outbreak the festival will now screen films online in the coming months.

This Irish fantasy drama touches on the subject of self-image as a young man buys what he thinks is a better version of himself, a visual metaphor for the role of social media in society today.

Sadly social media often leads to self-doubt, making this film relevant to contemporary culture. The film stars Seán T. Ó’Meallaigh (I Am Patrick), Hannah Mamalis (The Drummer & The Keeper), Marcio Wille (Wanderlust) and Charlie Kranz (Batman Begins).

In a dystopian neo-steampunk world, a shy young man named Douglas invests in “A Better You” a customizable carbon clone to help him win the girls of his dreams. 

Eamonn Murphy graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology with a BA in Film and Broadcasting.

Quintin Ahern from Army of Id funded his professional directorial debut Lost Memories.

The film went on to win multiple film and director awards at numerous high profile film festivals.

He was selected to take part in the Tools of Directing workshop run by The Director’s Guild of Great Britain.

In 2019, Eamonn’s feature script Oaf was selected as one of fifteen projects from across Europe to take part in the Sources 2 feature development workshop in Norway funded by Creative Media Europe. 

Producer Quintin Ahern’s company Army of Id have created many short-form programs for the Irish national broadcaster RTÉ across a range of genres, and have directed documentaries, dramas, branded entertainment, music shows, TV and radio ads, and music videos. 

Quintin has lectured in The Digital Skills Academy and DIT on the subject of transmedia storytelling and its implications for the future of media. Army of Id continues to attract attention through its focus on highly shareable storytelling content and bespoke online films.

The beautiful cinematography was created by Eleanor Bowman and the music was created by Jonathan Casey.

“A Better You” was funded under the Focus Shorts Scheme by Screen Ireland and produced by Quintin Ahern of Army of Id. It held its Irish premiere at the Oscar-Qualifying 64th Cork Film Festival.

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