Family - Development 2017

After escaping near euthanization, a charismatic pooch named Finley is rescued by a loving little girl whose fascination with Volcanoes leads them to a mysterious island in the West Indies, only to discover the islands dubious Secret of a lost Magical Gold Cauldron hidden by Buccaneers centuries ago

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Family, Fantasy, Action/Adventure
    • Countries
    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Writer(s)
    • Christy OLDHAM
    • Producer(s)
    • Christy OLDHAM (demi goddess pictures)
    • Synopsis
    • Based on a published literary work, Finley and The Emerald Volcano is an action-adventure story about a rescued dog and his best friend, Joy. The film opens in 1649 in Ireland during the Eleven Years War- the bloody rebellion involving native Irish Catholic's on one side and English and Scottish Protestant settlers on the other. It is a religious and ethnic conflict being fought over who will govern Ireland. The wars eventually ended during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. The men of Irish descent who were spared, were of "strong stock" and sold as slaves and shipped off to English colonies of America and the West Indies. Ireland became the biggest source of human livestock for English merchants, and by the mid 1600's, the Irish or "whites", were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. Slave ships arrive on the island and the white slaves are led from the Emerald green coast line through the lush island by British soldiers. Walking through the tropical terrain, we come to an opening where previous Irish slaves are already working with primitive farm tools to harvest sugar cane. Under the harsh sun, camera pans up to the looming Soufriere Hills Emerald Volcano, the only volcano on the island. A small puff exits its chimney.

      It's now current day in New Jersey. Joy, a spunky and curious nine year old girl, is home-schooled by her divorced mom, Fodla. Joy loves science and is fascinated by volcanoes. Soon Finley is whisked off to Montserrat, nicknamed The Emerald Island of the Caribbean, to visit Joy's grandfather, a world renowned volcano expert. With the help of a progressive thinking poodle named Ginger, Finley and Joy learn of the islands Irish history and its mysterious volcano. Their trip suddenly takes an exciting new twist when the volcano unexpectedly awakens!

      They soon discover a magical Celtic key that unlocks a secret passageway into the thundering volcano. Once inside Celtic Goddesses appear and reveal to Joy and Finley the island's hidden secret of a now lost magical golden Cauldron buried by buccaneers centuries ago. The Goddesses are upset over loosing this Cauldron and have awakened the sleeping volcano.

      Two shadowy Underworld Antiquities dealers meanwhile are in pursuit of the mystical Cauldron and will stop at nothing to claim it for themselves. It's now a race against time as Finley and Joy must find the Cauldron and deliver it back to the Celtic Goddesses before the volcano completely blows. Will Finley and Joy return it in time?
    • Partners & financing
    • Irish Film Board
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