|Directed by||Darragh Byrne|
|Produced by||Dominic Wright
|Written by||Ciaran Creagh|
|Story by||Darragh Byrne|
|Music by||Niall Byrne|
|Studio||Ripple World Pictures
Helsinki Filmi Oy
Irish Film Board
|Distributed by||Element Pictures (UK/Ireland)
Olive Films (USA)
|Release date(s)||14 October 2011 (Ireland)
25 November 2011 (UK)
|Running time||94 minutes|
Parked is a 2010 drama film directed by Darragh Byrne.
Fred (Colm Meaney) lives a quiet, isolated life in his car, having lost all hope of improving his situation. That all changes when he forms an unlikely friendship with Cathal (Colin Morgan), a dope-smoking 21-year-old with a positive attitude, who becomes his ‘neighbour’. Sharing laughs and the hard times too, Fred and Cathal find the simple, free pleasures of life.
Cathal is determined to make Fred sort out his life and it works. Fred modifies his car, beats the welfare system and makes a friend in Jules, an attractive music teacher who lives alone nearby. But Fred struggles with his pride to tell Jules about his ‘home’ and Cathal’s life is threatened by his escalating drug habit. As they grow closer, the influence of these three outsiders on each other will change their lives.
Fred's trust in Cathal was soon thwarted when he discovered Cathal injecting drugs into the vains of his feet. Cathal had sworn he had never injected, even showing Fred his arms as proof. Fred shouts at Cathal and then storms away to see Jules. While Fred is gone, Cathal is attacked by his drug dealer. Beaten and exhausted, Cathal sneaks into his dad's house, begging for money. His dad refuses to pay, and Cathal leaves. He then shows up at a bonfire with other drug addicts. They steal his shoes in exchange for a needle. Cathal injects himself in the arm and passes out.
Fred returns to find Cathal's car trashed and his treasured watch broken. He searches everywhere for Cathal, and eventually finds him in the mortuary. Cathal has died, but not before succeeeding in improving Fred's life. Jules knows about Fred living in a car, and Fred is on the way to having a place of his own thanks to Cathal's persuasion. In the end, Cathal still managed to save Fred, though he couldn't do the same for himself.
Festivals: Mosaico European Film Festival 2011; Irish Film Festa Rome 2011; Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2011; Scanorama European Film Forum 2011; Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival 2011; Busan International Film Festival 2011; San Francisco Irish Film Festival 2011; Irish Film New York 2011; Helsinki International Film Festival Love & Anarchy 2011; International Golden Boll Film Festival 2011; Galway Film Festival – Best First Feature Award 2011; Brussels Film Festival 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival 2011; Dallas International Film Festival 2011; Irish Film Festival Boston 2011, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2011; Göteborg International Film Festival 2011; Torino Film Festival 2010.
Awards and Nominations
Awards: Parked was the winner of best first feature award at the 2011 Galway Film Fleadh. Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival – Main Award 2011 Brussels Film Festival – Audience Award; Dallas International Film Festival 2011 Honourable Mention; Irish Film Festival Boston – Best Feature; Paris Close Up Film Festival 2011 - MK2 Jameson Best First Irish Feature Award.
Nominations: Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAS) 2011: Best Actor in a Lead Role Film: Colm Meaney; Best Editing: Guy Montgomery; Best Original Score: Niall Byrne; Best Make-Up and Hair: Louise Myler.
- Meaney: still cursing after all these years Sunday Independent, 2011-10-16.
- Parked Irish Times, 2011-10-14.
- The Guard is a smash (and those Fleadh results in full) Irish Times, 2011-07-12