The 26th Galway Film Fleadh (8 – 13 July, 2014)
Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Wed 9th July
Town Hall Theatre
The cast and crew of Darkness on the Edge of Town will be in Galway for the world premiere of the art house crime thriller. Shot in Kerry, it is the latest film from award-winning writer/director Patrick Ryan and has been described as a modern-day western revenge drama. The story follows Cleo, a troubled teenage sharpshooter who plots a course for revenge after her sister is found murdered in a public bathroom.
Patrick Ryan spoke to Film Ireland about the origins of the film and what it means to have it screen at the Galway Film Fleadh.
“Darkness on the Edge of Town is a crime genre film with art house sensibilities. It takes the structure of a classical tragedy, emboldened with the visual overtones of a Western. It was our intent to do something different to the current trends of Irish cinema, to make something a little more leftfield and stay true to our sensibilites. Our influences on the film were wide and varied; everything from Asian cinema to Shakespeare, from Morricone to Caravggio.
“Darkness is an entirely indpendent film, from blank page to festival screener, and to have the backing of the Galway Film Fleadh along with a national platform on which to showcase our film, is invaluable to us. The Fleadh has a well-maintained tradition of supporting new independent Irish cinema and we’re more than proud to join those ranks. Essentially, we’re just thrilled to show our story to an audience and thankful to the Fleadh for the opportunity”.
Ryan’s screenplay was selected for the BBC Writersroom 2012, came second in the Screenwriting Goldmine Competition, and won twice at the ENGAGE European Pitching Forum. The film stars a host of Irish talent including Emma Eliza Regan (Love Eternal, The Shadows, Jack Taylor: Dramatist), Brain Gleeson (The Stag, How to be Happy, Love/Hate) and up-and-coming Emma Willis (The Christening).
Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777, or at www.tht.ie
Cast and Crew will attend.
Director: Patrick Ryan
Cast: Emma Eliza Regan, Emma Willis, Brian Gleeson, Chris Fitzgerald, Olwen Catherine Kelly, Clodagh Downing
Script: Patrick Ryan
Producer: Lisa Mackintosh, Tommy Fitzgerald, Patrick Ryan