An Klondike has been selected as the Closing Film for the Galway Film Fleadh. An Klondike is the first Western to be made in Ireland and tells the story of the Connolly Brothers; three Irish emigrants who travel from Montana to the Yukon during the Klondike gold rush of the 1890s in the hope of striking it rich. The film follows the Connolly brothers to the town of Dominion Creek where they become embroiled in a deadly feud with Jacob Hopkins, the man who runs the town. When Séamus Connolly shoots Jacob’s son in a duel, Jacob vows revenge.
The film is produced by Galway based company Abú Media and producer Pierce Boyce states: “With An Klondike we have created an ambitious, character-driven drama that has international appeal, but with a distinctly Irish edge. The series will be bilingual with the majority of the dialogue in Irish. As they would have done at the time, the Irish characters speak to each other in Irish and speak with the American and English characters in English. The film has already attracted international interest and has secured an international distribution deal with Content Media.”
The film’s director Dathaí Keane said: “I’m delighted that An Klondike has been chosen to close the Fleadh. I’m from Galway myself and have been coming to the Fleadh since I was in school, so to premiere my first feature here is a real honour. The film was shot entirely in the West of Ireland and the landscape plays a vital role in establishing the visual tone of An Klondike. The desolate pine forests and lakes of Connemara are a perfect backdrop for the story we are telling. The terrain in certain parts of the West is identical to the regions of the Yukon where gold was discovered. So it’s very fitting that An Klondike make its debut at the Galway Film Fleadh”.
As part of the production the mining town of Dominion Creek was constructed on the grounds of the Glengowla mines outside Oughterard in Co. Galway. Production Designer Padraig O’Neill and his team spent months researching and designing each building that makes up the town.
The Connolly brothers are being played by Owen McDonnell, Dara Devaney and Sean T. Ó Meallaigh. Other cast members include Siobhán O’Kelly, Séamus Hughes, Steve Wall, Ned Dennehy, Robert O’Mahoney, Megan Riordain, Bríd Ní Neachtain and Native American actor Julian Black Antelope.
An Klondike is written by Marcus Fleming, director of photography is Colm Hogan, costume designer is Triona Lillis and music is by Steve Lynch. An Klondike was financed by BAI, TG4 and Section 481.
An Klondike screens at 8.30pm on Sunday, 12th July.
Director Dathaí Keane and members of the cast will attend.
Check our preview of Irish films screening at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh here
The 2015 Galway Film Fleadh runs from 7 – 12 July.
Check out the full programme here