Two Suitcases: the next phase

A new phase of Two Suitcases, Helium’s film and technology ensemble project for teens across Ireland living with chronic illness, kicks off this summer with a film screening and workshop day at the Digital Hub in Dublin on 26th July. Participants will meet to discuss script ideas for the next film week which will take place over the October 2013 mid-term break. In this phase, the script will be developed by participants online through Helium’s purpose-designed creative platform OAK (, Skype gatherings and the private Two Suitcases Facebook page. Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in online masterclasses with film professionals and artists during the summer.


Helium will launch the next phase of the Two Suitcases Project with a screening of short films made by participants on Friday, July 26th at the Digital Hub in Dublin.

Two Suitcases is based on the memoir of Ben Murnane, who was diagnosed with Fanconi anaemia, a rare genetic disease, in his childhood and underwent a bone marrow transplant at the age of sixteen. This award-winning film focuses on the role creativity played in Ben’s life during his teenage years.

Creepy tells the story of a possessed teddy bear with vengeance on his mind and the film will be accompanied by a behind-the-scenes documentary. Creepy is an original script by participants who developed the story and shot it over 5 days last October and edited it during post-productions sessions at the Digital Hub. This film introduced the online dimension to the project, with one of the participants helping to devise the script on OAK and taking part as an online actor on the production.

Check out the making of Creepy in the images below:


It has been a fantastic year for the project with the pilot film Two Suitcases winning Best Film at the 2012 Chaplin Film Festival (Under 18s) and 2012 First Cut! Youth Film Festival. The project was showcased in October 2012 at the Dublintellectual event, ‘Creative Entrepreneurialism and the Humanities’, as part of Innovation Dublin. In May, Ben Murnane attended the 2013 Ontario Fundraiser for Fanconi Canada in Ontario. Two Suitcases was shown to 400 people at this event and Ben spoke about his experiences of living with Fanconi anaemia, his memoir Two in a Million and what it was like filming his story with the young people on the project. Clips from the film were also shown during an interview with Ben on TV3’s Morning Show in February 2013.

You can learn more about previous phases of the Two Suitcases Project here and here, about the professional mentors on the project here, and about our online creative platform OAK here.

We are welcoming new participants on our 2013 film week. If you would like more information please email or phone Emma Eager on 086-3552789.

Two Suitcases 2013 is funded by the Arts Council and the Community Foundation for Ireland. We gratefully acknowledge the in-kind support of the Digital Hub Development Agency.