The Hatch
The Hatch

The Hatch

Director Mike Ahern & Enda Loughman

Production year 2011

Length 14min.

Country Ireland


In the midst of a stormy night, on-board a rural Irish fishing trawler, a fisherman and his son witness a glowing object fall to sea. As they battle the elements to get it on deck, the father loses something very dear to him, and gains something utterly unexpected.


Best Short Film | San Francisco United Short FF, USA, 2011

Audience Prize | Strasbourg European Fantastic FF, France, 2011

Best Soundscape Award | Dresden International Short FF, Germany, 2011


Mike Ahern & Enda Loughman
Mike Ahern & Enda Loughman



Gary Moore


Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman

Director of Photography

James Mather

Music by

George Brennan


Joe Fallover


Stephen O’Connell


Denis Conway, Timmy Creed, Susanne Wuest

Production company(ies)

Red Rage Films

Mike Ahern & Enda Loughman

Mike Ahern & Enda Loughman direct together under the name D.A.D.D.Y. D.A.D.D.Y. They started as a graphic design and animation collaboration, but they quickly moved on to direct both animated and live action short films, music videos, and TV commercials. They have been nominated for the Best New Director Award at the UK Music Video Awards in 2008. The Hatch is their second short. They hope to start a new sub-genre, describing the film as a ‘poetic sci-fi’. They are currently in development on their first feature film titled Bogman King.


Mr. Foley (2009), The Hatch (2011).

FILMS 2012