A massive congratulations to Barry Smyth for receiving the well-deserved "Best Original Script" award for his writing on "Mystic Minnie" in the most recent edition of the London International Monthly Film Festival. Barry Smyth is an extremely talented writer that, is not only a fountain of ideas, wastes no time in putting pen to paper. "Mystic Minnie" is but one of his many brilliant works, so it's extremely exciting to see him receive direct recognition with this award. In a nutshell: there's more where that came from.
A director and writer from Co. Longford, in the midlands of Ireland, Barry has lived and worked around the world as a writer and is one of three partners of Dolmen Films. His writing and films are inspired by both old and contemporary stories of Ireland and its people; whether they are funny, moving, or frightening. His recent short story, "Sprawl", was published alongside works by the likes of Colm Tóibín in the Ropes Literary Journal. His short films like "Mystic Minnie" intend the push the boundaries of the production quality available on low budget films with ambitious settings and plots.
Mystic Minnie: The patrons of a rural Irish bar in the 50s are shocked when an American tourist reveals she is a psychic.
Eugene (Paul Murphy) and Carthy (John Barrett), two local pub dwellers from a small village in Ireland, share their outrageous gossip of the morning’s events with a suspicious Seamus (Anthony O'Boyle), who arrives in the pub after a hard slog in the bog. It appears that an American couple from Chicago, Hank (Joseph Palmer) and Minnie (Sarah O'Toole), had just put on a show of Minnie’s psychic abilities; but was there more to the their display than meets the eye?