Panel Discussion

WFTV Q&A: Hear from the team behind A Bump Along the Way; Producer, Louise Gallagher, Director, Shelly Love, Writer, Tess McGowan, and Actor Bronagh Gallagher

26th May 2020 18:00

Tuesday 26 May | 18:00 – 19:00

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Join us for a conversation with the all-female team behind comedy drama, A Bump Along the Way. In this online webinar, we’ll be joined by the film’s producer, Louise Gallagher, director Shelly Love, writer Tess McGowan, and lead actor Bronagh Gallagher.

The panel will be sharing with us how the film came to life and delving into the challenges they faced along the way to the film’s international premier at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival; from working with a low budget and to a tight production schedule to getting distribution with Element Pictures and Great Point Media.

In this session, you’ll gain an insight into the dynamics of a female led team, both on and off screen. After the panel talk you will have the opportunity to put your questions to the speakers during the Q&A.

A Bump Along the Way is a female-led feel good comedy drama set in Derry, Northern Ireland, about 44-year-old single mum Pamela (Bronagh Gallagher) whose unexpected pregnancy after a one-night stand acts as the catalyst for her to finally take control of her life and become the role model her teenage daughter needs and craves. Watch the trailer here.


Event Schedule:-

17:55: Please join the webinar

18:00-18:45: Panel discussion

18:45-19:00: Q&A



Louise Gallagher, Producer & Scripted Executive at Hat Trick Productions

Louise has over 30 years’ experience as a TV executive. After over two decades with BBC Belfast working across radio, television and online, Louise moved into the independent film and TV sector. Since 2011 she has worked as a freelance production manager, line producer and producer on shorts, feature films, children’s TV drama, commercials and live television. In 2019, Louise produced her first feature film, A Bump Along the Way, which achieved wide-ranging critical and commercial success. Louise joined Hat Trick in January 2020 to develop a slate of scripted projects from their office in Belfast.


Shelly Love, Director

Shelly started work as an artist, and her interdisciplinary background and experimental approach help her direct with a unique voice, her films have sometimes been described as fantastical and surreal yet utterly human. Her debut feature film, A Bump Along The Way sees a shift from her earlier work with a real world setting and depiction of a mother and daughter relationship.

This film premiered at TIFF 2019 and has won a number of awards including a BIFA Discover Award Nomination. Shelly is currently working on her next slate of films.


Tess McGowan, Writer

Tess McGowan began her writing career as journalist. She went on to edit newspapers in counties Monaghan and Sligo. Tess was chosen for Northern Ireland Screen’s New Writers’ Focus scheme 2017/18. Her original screenplay A Bump Along the Way was picked for development via NI Screen’s New Talent Focus scheme 2018/19.


Bronagh Gallagher, Actor and Singer

Bronagh is an actress and singer and was raised in Derry and now lives in Dublin. At the age of 17, whilst still a St Mary’s schoolgirl, she was cast as Bernie McGloughlin in Alan Parker’s film about a Dublin soul band, The Commitments. Since then Bronagh has been cast in Pulp Fiction, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Sherlock Holmes, The Personal History of David Copperfield, The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society and A Bump Along the Way.

Her theatre work in London’s West End includes Girl From The North Country, War Horse and The Street Of Crocodiles. Bronagh has also been cast in the TV dramas including Belgravia, Brassic, Pramface and You Me and the Apocalypse. However she maintains a special place for singing, writing and performing music. Bronagh has released three records and runs her own independent Record Label and Band. She is currently writing album number four.


How will the online event work?

This event will be live streamed via Viewing details will be sent via your Eventbrite confirmation.

We would recommend watching A Bump Along the Way prior to the Q&A. The film is available to view in the UK/Ireland on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Skystore, Virgin Media Ireland and Volta.

Element Distribution have kindly offered a number of screening codes for members who are experiencing financial difficulties at this time and are unable to access the film through paid platforms. Please select the relevant ticket option below to receive a code.

Following the conversation there will be an option for audience members to ask questions via the Zoom Q&A feature.


This event is for WFTV members only.

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