Delicate Things

DELICATE THINGS (2016) Supported by Creative Skillset

Awards: Honour at Newport Beach Film festival for Outstanding Achievement in Film making

Written by Maire Campbell

Produced by Joan Burney Keatings MBE

Directed by Patrick Maxwell

Starring: James Stockdale, Ciarán McMenamin and Paula Malcomson

Tagline: Sometimes in life, it’s the delicate things that can save you.

Synopsis: Blinded by grief, a man vows to avenge his wife’s killer. Only his young, sensitive son can save his dad from the enveloping darkness of revenge.

Running Time: 17mins


18 young people from Northern Ireland, aged 18-25 were involved with this production with support from Cinemagic, Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund and Panavision.

The film ‘Delicate Things’ is the culmination of a short film academy that was delivered in Belfast over 3 months .Under the guidance of industry professionals, the young filmmakers had the chance to develop their talents and skills on the locally made production which features young actor James Stockdale (A Christmas Star) and well known Northern Ireland born actor Ciarán Mc Menamin (Primeval, Shooting for Socrates).

The young people who worked with the the production crew have participated in a programme of intense and practical training through Cinemagic masterclasses and workshops led by professionals mentors including BAFTA winning and Oscar-nominated Northern Ireland filmmaker, Michael Lennox and Film Production with Jessica Malik and Oscar winner Gareth Ellis-Unwin.

Delicate Things, written by Maire Campbell (A Christmas Star, Punch) tells the story of the Wilson family who have their happy world blown apart one fateful morning.

Joan Burney Keatings, Cinemagic Chief Executive said “The short film academy supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund and Panavision provided young filmmakers from Northern Ireland with an invaluable insight to all aspects of filmmaking and the essential skills required in different areas from story development to production. I would like to congratulate all of the young crew and the cast who worked so hard and were completely dedicated to the project. We look forward to showcasing the film later in the year.”



Gavin Humphries, Film Partnership Manager at Creative Skillset said: “Northern Ireland is increasingly home to some of the biggest films and TV shows in the world. Building local talent and crews is vital to support those productions. Cinemagic are helping do just that by offering local young people this fantastic opportunity.”



John Higgins from Panavision said “Panavision were once again delighted to provide cameras and lenses for Cinemagic’s project ‘Delicate Things’. Cinemagic’s programmes help inspire and educate young people who have an interest in film, a philosophy which mirrors Panavision’s own initiatives and investments in new filmmakers worldwide. “



This programme was supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery, through the Skills Investment Fund.


The film screened at the following film festivals:


Newport Beach Film Festival 

Galway Film Fleadh

Irish Film Festival Boston

Dingle International Film Festival

Cinemagic Los Angeles

Cork Film Festival

Irish Film Festival London

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