|Directed by||Michael McCudden|
|Produced by||Alison Scarff|
|Written by||Michael McCudden|
|Music by||Steve Nolan|
|Edited by||Richard Waters|
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Sodium Party is a 2013 independent Irish mystery thriller feature film. It is the feature film debut of writer/director Michael McCudden, and stars Slaine Kelly, James Corscadden, Marian Carroll, and Melissa Nolan.
Plot[edit | edit source]
Claire (Slaine Kelly) is a sheltered young woman who grew up under the thumb of a domineering mother (Melissa Nolan). Following her mother's death, we follow her through a harrowing childhood to university where she meets Danny (James Corscadden), a frequently intoxicated photographer who exposes her to real life through a cocktail of love and drugs. Their relationship is tested when ghosts of Claire's tumultuous past manifest through super 8 film footage and her childhood imaginary friend, causing her world to unravel.
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Slaine Kelly as Claire
- James Corscadden as Danny
- Marian Carroll as Vanessa
- Melissa Nolan as Helen
- Katie Byrne as Sarah
- Bronagh Sheridan as Young Claire
- Caoilfhionn Hanton as Hannah
- Michael Liebman as Charlie
- Michael McCabe as Mr. Greer
Production[edit | edit source]
Sodium Party was shot completely on location in the summer of 2010 in Dublin and North Wicklow, Ireland. The film is entirely independently financed, with costs being saved by the film being shot digitally and no sets being built. Though primarily shot digitally, home movie footage was shot using super 8 film. A few shots from one of the producer's old home movies also appears in the film. 
It is the first lead role in a feature film for actress Slaine Kelly. Almost all of the crew appear as extras in different scenes. Friends and family of the cast and crew appear as extras in several scenes involving crowds.
Music[edit | edit source]
Release[edit | edit source]
The film premièred at the inaugural IndieCork Film Festival in Co. Cork, Ireland on October 19, 2013.
Reception[edit | edit source]
The film has received mixed to positive reviews. Eileen Leahy of Film Ireland saying "(Sodium Party’s) ambitious scope is expertly realised through its visually arresting cinematography and accomplished performances… An intriguing mix of classic stylisation and surreal experimentalism”.
The Dark Side summed it up with "Whilst it has gone on to become something of an underground classic, the film has so far failed to grab quite the audience it deserves. In this its complexity was perhaps both a blessing and a curse – without it, the film wouldn’t have been what it is, but with it the ability to secure a wider audience in a movie world that is generally risk-averse when it comes to promoting films that break the mould was limited".
Home Media[edit | edit source]
Sodium Party was released on VOD worldwide in 2015.
References[edit | edit source]
- "'Sodium Party' Released Online".
- "Michael's Sodium Party premieres at IndieCork". Independent.ie.
- Tom White. "Irish feature Sodium Party to debut at IndieCork".
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- "Independent Film Festival IndieCork Launches Inaugural Programme - The Irish Film & Television Network".
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- "The Dark Side » Blog Archive » Sodium Party: A Modern Classic Now Available Online".
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