Rebecca Daly’s ‘The Other Side of Sleep’ goes on cinema release


The Other Side of Sleep, the directorial debut by Irish filmmaker Rebecca Daly is released in selected cinemas nationwide 16th March  with previews in the IFI Dublin on 15th March .

The Other Side of Sleep is an acclaimed debut feature by Irish filmmaker Rebecca Daly that features a powerful and compelling performance from Antonia Campbell-Hughes, one of this year’s Berlin International Film Festival’s Shooting Stars award recipients.

This hotly-anticipated suspense drama made history at its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 as it was the first film directed by an Irish woman to be selected for inclusion in the Festival. The film, produced by Fastnet Films, also screened in competition at the Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Director, Best Actress and Best Cinematography at the Irish Film and Television Awards.

A sleepwalker since childhood, Arlene works in the local factory of the small Irish rural town she grew up in. When a young woman is found dead in the woods, echoes of the past inexorably draw Arlene towards the tragedy. She becomes close to the victim’s grieving sister (Vicky Joyce) and family while at the same time finding herself entangled with the woman’s teenage lover (newcomer Sam Keeley) also the main suspect in the murder.   Barricading herself in at night, afraid to sleep, Arlene’s sleeping and waking realities soon blur, as the community searches for someone to blame..

Film Ireland’s Amanda Spencer talks to director Rebecca Daly in Film Ireland 137 Summer 2011.

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Dublin: The Irish Film Institute 15th – 29th March
  Cineworld 16th – 22nd March
Cork Triskel Cinema 18th – 22nd March
Galway Eye Cinema 16th – 22nd March
Letterkenny Century Cinema 16th – 22nd March
Offaly Birr Theatre 16th & 17th March @ 20:00pm
Belfast Queens Film Theatre 13th – 16th April
Leitrim Carrick Cinemplex 20th – 26th April


Antonia Campbell-Hughes named among Shooting Stars 2012

Antonia Campbell-Hughes (The Other Side of Sleep) has been named among the ten young, talented, European actors chosen as SHOOTING STARS 2012 – Europe’s best young actors are all of this and even more: With their outstanding work in feature films they have proven themselves ready to expand their film careers beyond their home countries to the world’s screens. From February 11 to 13, European Film Promotion (EFP) will showcase these newcomers from around Europe at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, running 9 – 19 February, 2012. EFP member organisations had nominated 23 candidates for final selection by the jury of internationally established film industry professionals. SHOOTING STARS is part of EFP’s annual programme that is financially supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union and the participating EFP member organisations.

Now in its 15th year the annual event at the Berlinale supports and champions young European actors with the aim of providing them with professional contacts to take the next big leap in their international careers. The showcase culminates in a glittering award ceremony at the Berlinale Palast where the talent will be honoured with the SHOOTING STARS AWARD – donated by TESiRO. After their introduction at the Berlinale, the SHOOTING STARS’ participants will continue to demonstrate the richness of European cinema internationally at festivals and film events around the globe. With this mandate they follow in the footsteps of former SHOOTING STARS such as Carey Mulligan, Moritz Bleibtreu, Mélanie Laurent, Alba Rohrwacher, Domhnall Gleeson and Elena Anaya.

Dutch Oscar-winning director Marleen Gorris, member of the SHOOTING STARS jury, commented: “The films were a real pleasure to watch. We came away marvelling at the often brilliant way the nominated actors portrayed the feeling of a kind of modern loneliness, taking you on a journey in their search for identity no matter which part of Europe they came from. It was a real challenge choosing our ten favourites from such an interesting and high-quality group of nominees.”


IFTA Rising Star Award Nominees Announced


Bord Scannán na hÉireann /the Irish Film Board (IFB) and the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) have announced the Rising Star Award nominees for 2011, the winner of which will be named at the Irish Film and Television Awards ceremony on 12th February 2011.

Selected by a special jury and sponsored by the IFB, the Rising Star Award is a unique Award which highlights exceptional new and breakthrough talent working in all areas of the Irish film industry.

The 2011 nominees are:
Antonia Campbell Hughes (Actress) Bright Star, When Harvey Met Bob
Domhnall Gleeson (Actor) True Grit, Sensation
Ian Power (Writer/Director) The Runway, The Wonderful Story of Kelvin Kind
Juanita Wilson (Writer/Director) As If I Am Not There, The Door

The 2010 Rising Star Award was won by Tomm Moore, writer/director of the Oscar nominated feature animation The Secret of Kells. Tomm has since begun working on his second feature length animation Song of the Sea. 

Centurion and Hunger actor Michael Fassbender received the Rising Star Award in 2009, whilst young actress Saoirse Ronan was named the winner of the first Rising Star IFTA in 2008 for her breakthrough performance in Atonement.

The 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards will take place at Dublin’s spectacular new Convention Centre on Saturday 12th February 2011. The ceremony will broadcast live on RTÉ One at 9.30pm.