30/09/02 - PARADISE DESIGNS
16/04/02 - OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE 'PARADISE' ON VIDEO
28/04/01 - CELTIC WEB PREMIERE
05/07/00 - EDINBURGH FESTIVAL PRESS RELEASE
09/06/00 - PREMIERE PRESS RELEASE
'PARADISE' DESIGNS 30/09/02
You can now purchase T-shirts, mousemats and mugs featuring original designs from "A Small Piece of Paradise". We are now an affiliate of t-shirtzoo.com, who provide high-quality products, print locally to you across the world, and have a 4-day turnaround. The T-shirts are 100% cotton; the mugs are made of a quality 15 oz ceramic, and are dishwasher and microwave safe; the mousemats have cloth tops and are washable. All products are currently priced at £10 UKP (approx $15 USD).
OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE 'PARADISE' ON VIDEO 16/4/02
A Small Piece of Paradise is an appealing and well-crafted short film, utilising Scotland's finest new acting talent. Following several requests, we can now offer it for sale on the internet, via PayPal's Secure Credit Card Payment system for a price of £8 pounds, and $14 internationally (to cover duplication, postage & packing costs). The film (duration 11min50secs) is currently available as a UK PAL VHS format video (see here for a list of international video formats). Versions for other TV systems may be available on request.
CELTIC WEB PREMIERE 28/4/01
FILM SET TO SCORE A HIT ON THE CELTIC WEBSITE
EVENING TIMES 28/4/01
An acclaimed film set in 1970s Glasgow is due to have its Scottish broadcast debut tonight - on Celtic's website.
The 12-minute film, A Small Piece of Paradise, tells the story of a troubled relationship between a boy and his dad.
While most of the film is set in the era of Kenny Dalglish and Danny McGrain, it then comes up-to-date as the boy, now grown up, looks back on his life as he attends his father's funeral.
A Small Piece of Paradise has already won acclaim at a number of international film festivals and will be screened at the Williamsburg Festival in New York later this year.
There are already plans to show the film to fans on the giant screens at Celtic Park.
Director Marc de Launey, along with script writer Eddie Harrison, is a Celtic fan and is delighted it will debut on the Celtic website.
Marc has also been offered cash to show it elsewhere.
But he said he preferred to give the club's online fans first chance to see the film.
He said: 'Paradise has taken about two years to get from the idea stage to the screen, but we are very pleased with the finished film. It has been a joy to work on.
'We put huge amounts of time and effort into it and it has become a very personal project for us.
'We've shown it at some of the world's top film festivals, including the London and Raindance Festivals in the US and it went down really well.
'A number of film distributors were interested in showing it here but both Eddie and myself felt that the Celtic website was the best vehicle to show it.
'We've both been life-long fans of the club and it's great that they have acknowledged the film. 'But we think more than just fans will log on to see the film because it has themes that a lot of people in the west of Scotland can relate to.'
A Celtic spokesman said the club was thrilled to have the film on the official website.
He said: 'We've known about Marc's project for some time and now that it is finished we are delighted to have it shown on our website.
'It is a very emotional film and not the type of thing people normally come across on football websites.'
exerpt from article by Gerry Braiden
see Celtic Football Club's website to view the web-premiere.
PRESS RELEASE 5/7/00
A SMALL PIECE OF PARADISE, short 16mm film drama,
Wednesday 23rd August 2000 @ 09:30 in Edinburgh Filmhouse 3 (industry)
Thursday 24th August 2000 @ 19:00 in GFT 2, Glasgow (public)
Saturday 26th August 2000 @ 13:00 in Edinburgh Filmhouse 2 (public)
PRESS RELEASE 9/6/00
A SMALL PIECE OF PARADISE, short drama,
Colour, Super 16mm, Running Time 11m50s
Shot entirely on location in Glasgow, September 1999.
Post production completed March 2000, ready for theatrical release in July 2000.
Production Company Mandragora Productions Ltd. (‘Anatomy of a City’ for Glasgow 1999)
Writer Eddie Harrison (‘First It’s Dark’, ‘Time of Your Life’)
Director/Producer Marc de Launay (‘Blacklight’, ‘Y2K.com’ in dev. ‘Time of Your Life’ – feature by Eddie Harrison in development)
Director of Photography John Harper (‘How High the Castle Walls’ , ‘Hanging with Frank’)
Editor Claire Ferguson ( Richard Attenborough Productions )
Casting Director Claire O’Hara ( Penny Geggies Youth Theatre )
Principal Actors Stephen McCole, Alex Harvey, Ros McCue, Frank Wilson and introducing Colin Doyle.
In A Small Piece of Paradise, Scottish actor Stephen McCole, star of Orphans, The Acid House and more recently the American hit, Rushmore plays Stuart a young man tortured by his past, coming to terms with the life and death of his father.
The film is a tragic but ultimately heart-warming tale of family relations, exploring the reality behind some West of Scotland stereotypes and its love affair with football. The story of a sports loving son and his parents, divided by their experiences, is a clear example of love conquering all, even in the bleakest of situations.
The film also debuts the young talent of 11year old Colin Doyle. Colin, who plays young Stuart in the film, has since landed roles within Scottish Television drama.
A Small Piece of Paradise is an appealing and well-crafted short film, utilising Scotland’s finest new & established talent. It is being distributed to International Film Festivals by Scottish Screen.
For more information:
Contact: Marc de Launay (Director/Producer)