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Moving Irish Doc, It’s Not Yet Dark, Released in Irish Cinemas on 13 October
Following its US release, where it debuted to international critical acclaim, Frankie Fenton’s moving documentary, It’s Not Yet Dark, will be released in Irish cinemas on 13 October. Hailed by the New York Times as a film that moves from “unrelenting sadness toward inspiration”, It’s Not Yet Dark chronicles the life of Irish filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice, from the point of his diagnosis with Motor Neuron Disease (ALS) in 2008 at the age of 34.
In 2008, Fitzmaurice was launching a promising international career premiering his short film The Sound of People at the Sundance Film Festival when the aspiring writer and director noticed an unusual pain in his foot. Soon afterwards, Simon was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease and was given 3 years to live, and at the time, his wife Ruth was pregnant with their third child and the diagnosis left them reeling.
It’s Not Yet Dark covers the full spectrum of Simon’s journey, including behind the scenes footage of him directing My Name is Emily through the use of the last physical attribute he has control over—his eyes.
Narrated by Colin Farrell, the documentary was selected for the prestigious Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, where it screened to a plethora of rave reviews from the international press. IndieWire praised Fenton’s direction and called the doc “an illuminating experience”, while Screen Daily hailed Colin Farrell’s “shattering, lyrical narration.” The Hollywood Reporter applauded the work of the film’s technical team, ultimately heralding the title as a life-affirming story of hope and resilience.
It’s Not Yet Dark was produced by Kathryn Kennedy of Kennedy Films and Lesley McKimm, formerly of Newgrange Pictures with main funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) and Wellcome Trust in the UK.
It's Not Yet Dark will be released by Wildcard Distribution in Ireland on 13 October. Watch the trailer here.