By Liam O Mochain, director/writer
“Lost & Found” is a feature film with seven interconnecting stories set in and around the lost and found office of an Irish train station. All segments are inspired by true stories, share a theme of something lost or found and have characters that come in and out of each other’s lives. It was filmed in seven segments of three to four days per annum over a five-year period from 2011 to 2016 in Ireland. I spent the first six months each year researching the stories and characters, three months working on the script and three months was spent on the production itself from prep, to filming to post work. A good part of the year was also spent looking for and raising money to cover the next film segment.
Each year, we brought in most of the key production team and core crew three to four weeks before the filming began, depending on how many segments were to be filmed. Each year’s segments were only done after the previous one or ones were paid for and finished. Doing it over this long period gave me a lot of time to think about all the different stories, characters and ways to interweave them together in the overall project. “Lost & Found” completed principal photography in Summer 2016 and post- production in April 2017.
The ensemble cast includes: Norma Sheahan (“Moone Boy”, “Handsome Devil”), Liam Carney (“Red Rock”, “Outlander”), Aoibhin Garrihy (“The Fall”), Anthony Morris (“Games of Thrones”), Liam O Mochain (“Covet”, “WC”), Seamus Hughes (“Jimmy’s Hall”), Olga Wehrly (“Without Name”), Brendan Conroy (“Vikings”), Barbara Adair (“Ripper Street”, “Grabbers”), Tom O Suilleabhan (“Maze”, “Fifty Dead Men Walking”), Diarmuid Noyes (“Borgia”, “Killing Bono”), Lynette Callaghan (“Cold Feet”), Daniel Costelloe (“Albert Nobbs”, “Magdalene Sisters”) and Donncha Crowley (“Fr. Ted”). The creative team behind “Lost & Found” are writer/director Liam O Mochain (“WC”, “The Book That Wrote Itself”), producer Bernie Grummell (“WC”, “The Book That Wrote Itself”), DoP Fionn Comerford (“Penny Dreadful”, “Vikings”, “Roy”), production designer David Wilson (“Omagh”, “Some Mother’s Son”), sound Niall O’Sullivan (“Frank”), Philippe Faujas (“Eden”, “Pure Mule”), make up and hair Caoimhe Arrigan (“Death of a President”, “Stella Street”), editor Ciara Brophy (Oscar-nominated “The Crush”, “Savage Eye”), 1st AD/Co Producer Eamonn Norris (“Ros na Run”) and composer Richie Buckley (“WC”, “The General”).
“Lost & Found” is O Mochain’s third feature film. He has also made numerous short films, documentaries and TV shows. His 2007 feature film “WC” won Best Foreign Film at Las Vegas International Film Festival and Best Film at the Waterford Film Festival. “WC” also screened at Montreal World Film Festival, Galway, Dublin, Arizona and the Cairo International Film Festival. His debut feature film “The Book That Wrote Itself”garnered a lot of international interest, had its world premiere at the 1999 Galway Film Fleadh, international premiere at the 1999 Vancouver International Film Festival and went on to acclaim at many film festivals worldwide. Fortune, his first short film, won best short film at the1998 Worldfest Houston International Film Festival. His short film “Covet” was long-listed for an academy award in 2013.