Irish Film Industry Experiences High Levels of Production Activity With a Host of Upcoming Irish Films in Production
Featuring a stellar Irish and international cast including Stephen Rea, Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Grace Moretz, Neil Jordan’s new feature, The Widow, leads a host of upcoming Irish films currently in production or post-production. Mary McGuckian’s A Girl from Mogadishu has just entered production with filming due to begin soon on Ivan Kavanagh’s latest feature, Never Grow Old. Other IFB-funded films in post-production include Carmel Winters’ Float Like A Butterfly, Alexandra McGuinness’ Highway, and Ian Fitzgibbon’s Dark Lies The Island.
In a film which will see Dublin double as New York, Neil Jordan’s The Widow is the latest instalment from the Academy Award-winning Irish director. Written by Jordan and Ray Wright, the film follows Frances (Moretz), a young woman who arrives in Manhattan and forms an unlikely friendship with a widow, played by Huppert, whose motives soon reveal themselves to be untoward. Stephen Rea (The Crying Game), a frequent collaborator of Jordan’s features as a private detective while world-renowned Irish cinematographer Seamus McGarvey (Nocturnal Animals) is the DOP on the film. Irish producer James Flynn produces alongside Lawrence Bender, Sidney Kimmel and John Penotti.
Mary McGuckian’s A Girl From Mogadishu, which tells the true-life story based on the testimony of Ifrah Ahmed, who escaped war-torn Somalia to become one of the world’s most prominent activists commenced filming in Belgium in late October. The film, which is a Pembridge (Ireland) and Umbedia (Belgium), will film in Ireland and Morocco with part of the post-production taking place in Dublin’s Windmill Lane Studios.
Never Grow Old, directed by Ivan Kavanagh begins filming in November with the title produced by Ripple World. Set in the harsh American frontier landscape of 1849, Never Grow Old, is about greed and its consequences. It is a Faustian tale of outsider Patrick Tate who lives with his young family on the outskirts of a relatively peaceful frontier town until outlaws take over and kill all those who challenge them.
Among the Irish titles in post-production include Carmel Winters’ Float Like a Butterfly, which is produced by Martina Niland and David Collins (Port Pictures / Samson Films) and co-produced by Cathleen Dore and Alexandra McGuinness’ Highway, produced by Anna O’Malley and Eamonn Cleary of TW Films and Dominic Wright for Ripple World Pictures. Dublin Oldschool — the big-screen adaptation of Emmet Kirwan’s critically acclaimed 2014 play; Don’t Let Go, the latest feature from Irish director David Gleeson; Ian Fitzgibbon’s Dark Lies The Island, an adaptation of Kevin Barry’s collection of short stories of the same name; and Hugh O’Connor’s Metal Heart, based on an original script by Paul Murray are all also currently in post-production.