The Crisis

Half-hour single-cam Political Comedy, Wildfire FIlms/TG4


A 6-part comedy-drama series for TG4. Setanta De Paor has been acting director of an obscure Irish language organisation called ACT for 10 years. With the country in the midst of a financial crisis, the mild mannered Setanta and his incompetent team now face immediate closure from an old government foe and his fierce sidekick. We follow Setanta and his team as on their path to heroic failure, by the only means at their disposal: incompetence.

Starring Risteard Cooper (Batman Begins), and Norma Sheahen (New Boy, Oscar Nominated for Best Short Film, Live Action 2009)


Written and Created by Antoine Ó Flatharta
Produced by Martha O'Neil
Directed by Charlie McCarthy
Director of Photography: Richard Kendrick
Music Composed by Ray Harman
Editor: Kevin Lavelle

Cast: Risteard Cooper, Michelle Beamish, Conor MacNeill, Norma Sheahan, Donncha Crowley, Kate Nic Chonaonaigh

Press & Awards

Irish Film and Telvision Academy Awards 2011: The Crisis earned a Nomination for the Special Irish Language Award

Monte Carlo Television Awards 2010, Golden Nymph Award:
* Nomination for Outstanding Actor – Comedy Series Risteard Cooper
* Nomination for Outstanding Actor – Comedy Series Conor MacNeill
* Nomination for Outstanding Actress – Comedy Series Norma Sheahen
* Nomination for Outstanding Actress – Comedy Series Michelle Beamish
* Nomination for Outstanding International Producer – Comedy Series Martha O'Neill, Mícheál Ó Meallaigh

"Laugh out loud funny- interspersed with a couple of knowing sniggers" 
Bernice Harrison, Irish Times

"Clever stuff (...) struck its tone right from the start". 
Sunday Business Post