The stunning location of Dunsany Castle , the backdrop for the world famous Braveheart provides the setting for a new Irish production, Out There, produced and directed by Lord Dunsany, Randal Plunkett.
Dunsany Productions just wrapped on the post-apocalyptic horror film, which began shooting on the Dunsany Castle Estate on 24th May.
Opening in stark and isolated woodland, Robert (Coner Marren) awakens having no recollection on how he got there. The horror concerns the psychological pressures and drama that emerges as he wanders lost and alone through run down farm yards and country cottages . He quickly realizes that despite its gentle beauty, the landscape is concealing sinister realities. The dark events leading to his predicament slowly unfold and reveal a truth that is even more horrifying. Actress Emma Eliza Regan, recently returned from the Cannes Film Festival, plays the lead female role of Jane – who finds herself stranded in a zombie horror.
Shot on the RED SCARLET, it boasts a stellar international crew, Plunkett teaming up once again with Italian cinematographer Stefano Battarola and Russian director of photography Philip Morozov . Kevin Fisher whose business background in Marketing and Strategic Management is producing alongside Plunkett. British editor , John E. Turner is also an associate producer. Helen Serruya (Prey. Kiss, Kiss) was the production manager while Alan Byrne ( Let’s Talk About Joey) was line producer.
The 21st Lord Dunsany is making quiet a mark as a director having recently won best drama for his short film, Walt in LIT festival last month.At the age of 28, the director has inherited a title synonymous with esteemed artistic talent that goes back generations; his great grandfather, the 19th Lord Dunsany, was a noted writer and playwright, with five plays running in New York at one stage, and was a contemporary of Yeats and Gregory during the Literary revival. The 20th Lord Dunsany, Randal father, was known in international artistic circles as the painter and designer Edward Carlos Plunkett, and was held in high esteem by, among others, Balthus and Eduardo Paolozzi.
Emerging in his own right as one of Irelands most distinctive new voices of independent cinema, Lord Dunsany (28) has just picked up Best Drama at LIT festival, for his latest film Walt. His talent first came to notice with Kiss Kiss, a dark thriller set in London which set a precedent for a versatile repertoire of films including futuristic war drama Guerilla (as producer) , as well as Prey, a homage to 70s grindhouse horror.
Containing intricate production details including a pigs head and hundreds of body parts in tiny jars, pre production lasted several weeks with an incredibly detailed production design by Claire McGuinness (Idir Mna, When Harvey Met Bob) and Heather Hinchon-Quinn (Idir Mna) within locations on the Dunsany Castle Estate.
Louise McSweeney oversaw 1st AD Duties. Costume design was by Anouck Sablayrolles (Charlie Casanova) while Zsanett Vegh (Unlocking Charlie, Hysteria) supervised make-up with special prosthetic affects by Teri Pinell (Stitches). Darius McGann will again deliver a new score for the project.
Coner Marren (True D) plays the lead male role of Robert opposite Emma Eliza Regan. Gaining a reputation for dark and intelligent roles, she recently landed the lead in Colin Downeys 2012 IFB fantasy feature The Shadows, currently in post-production, as well as the role of 16 year old Cathy in the Brendan Muldowneys IFB co-production Love Eternal opposite an international cast including Pollyanna McIntosh, as well as a strong supporting turn in Kavanagh’s award-winning international cult film Tin Can Man (Critic Choice Jameson Dublin Film Festival 2012) and as a sporty schoolgirl in Death of A Superhero- Ian Fitzgibbons new drama. If that wasn’t enough, the stunning brunette will hit our screens as lead on TV3 drama this autumn opposite Iain Glen in the murder drama Jack Taylor: The Sorrows.
Cian Lavelle Walsh, who worked with Plunkett previously on short drama Walt, also joins the stellar cast as a zombie child, with Johnny Carey as Mr. Flin.
Out There was financed by private investors and is intended to travel internationally, with options of developing it into a full length feature later this year.