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An Irish lad sings in the street and begs in the train station to support himself and his Da. In the more lucrative train station, he fights with an older Russian boy who speaks no English,... See full summary »

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Ian Power

Writer:

Ian Power
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Moran Stephen Moran ... Packo
Stephen Brittain Stephen Brittain ... Milos
John Kavanagh ... Packo's Da
Joe Power Joe Power ... Milos' Father
Niall O'Driscoll Niall O'Driscoll ... The Dodgy-Looking Man
Conor Sheridan Conor Sheridan ... Little Five for Fifty Man
Mark Cantan Mark Cantan ... Hare Krishna with Bells
Nick Vincent Murphy Nick Vincent Murphy ... Hare Krishna with Tambourine (as Nicky Murphy)
Anthony Thomas Anthony Thomas ... Man Stamping Out His Cigarette
Justin Howlett Justin Howlett ... Man with the Broken Umbrella
John Hogan John Hogan ... Garda Sergant
Padraic Hogan Padraic Hogan ... Garda Driver
Gillian Rea Gillian Rea ... Pram Runner 1
Venetia Quick Venetia Quick ... Pram Runner 2
Bernadette Tate Bernadette Tate ... Mother with Buggy 1
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An Irish lad sings in the street and begs in the train station to support himself and his Da. In the more lucrative train station, he fights with an older Russian boy who speaks no English, and loses his spot. But after a while, they try working together, particularly when the U2-loving Irish lad discovers the other boy also has a musical talent. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Drama | Family | Short

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Official Sites:

Shoot Films

Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Filmbase,Shoot Films See more »
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Color
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Soundtracks

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Written by U2
Performed by Achtung Baby
Courtesy of Ryko Music / Principal Mgmt
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Very nice little tale
5 February 2006 | by mulhollandmanSee all my reviews

I first saw this back in November 2000. I thought it was the best short film I have ever seen.

There is something about this short film that mixes together nicely. These components consist of the cast, writer and director (Ian Power) and the cinematographer. The cast is faultless especially the two young boys Stephen Moran as Packo and Stephen Britain as Milos. The writer/director Ian Power certainly has the ability to gain an excellent performance whilst keeping and eye on the technical side. Then there is the Cinematographer Ivan McCullough whose work has impressed me before in Lance Daly's excellent Last Days in Dublin.

The story centres about a young child called Packo who dreams of becoming famous like his idol Bono. His performance space is standing on the street singing for money. One day he comes across Milos in his space also performing on his space and rivalry ensues. This is until they realise they have more in common than what they though.

This short is very different from most of the Irish shorts during that time. Power does not rely on off-beat humour and criminality to produce such a heart warming story as this. It's a pity I have not seen more of his stuff since. If the rest of his writing and directing skills are like this than he may one day become a very successful director.


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