A Nightingale Falling

A nightingale falling

DIR/WRI: Garret Daly, Martina McGlynn  PRO: Gerry Burke, Pj Curtis, Garret Daly, Martina McGlynn DOP: Garret Daly ED: James Daly MUS: Graeme Stewart CAST: Tara Breathnach, Muireann Bird, Gerard McCarthy

A Nightingale Falling sees the directorial return of Garret Daly (Bogman, A Grand Experience) alongside Martina McGlynn who has also worked alongside Garret in a producer role for the aforementioned projects.

The film takes place in Ireland during the War of Independence. Sisters Tilly (Muireann Bird) and May Collingwood (Tara Breathnach) find their world turned upside down when they find and care for a wounded rebel soldier in their home.

Lust, secrecy and jealousy transpire as the two sisters vie for the affection of smooth talking and handsome Captain Shearing (Gerard McCarthy).

A Nightingale Falling is a very interesting take on the War of Independence. On the surface, the film screams authenticity and is very much like looking into a window into history. Beyond the surface is where the film really shines.

While a war is brewing externally, it is the internal war within the confines of the Collingwood house raging between two sisters over a fallen rebel soldier that is most intriguing. Breathnach’s performance as May Collingwood is breathtaking and the character development of a strong and confident woman to being left as nothing but a hollow and jealous wreck is nothing short of remarkable.

Muireann Bird’s performance of a naïve and innocent younger sister in Tilly really props up Breathnach’s character excellently and the two bounce off each other very well to create a very powerful on-screen dynamic.

A Nightingale Falling is a very enjoyable Irish film and those wishing to see up and coming talent from our own doorstep need look no further.

Shane Saunders

12A (See IFCO for details)

112 minutes

A Nightingale Falling is released 12th September 2014

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New 1920’s Feature Film to commence filming in Offaly

Tara Breathnach - 'May' in A Nightingale Falling


Tara Breathnach

An impressive cast has just been confirmed for a new feature film shooting this July in County Offaly. A Nightingale Falling, based on the novel by PJ Curtis, is set against the backdrop of a turbulent, war-torn Ireland in the early 1920s.

The film will star Tara Breathnach, Muireann Bird and Gerard McCarthy.

Tara is currently starring in The Last Days of Anne Boleyn on BBC2. Muireann Bird has just completed a UK and Irish tour of Brian Friel’s Translations, while Gerard McCarthy is currently on our screens in the hugely successful BBC series The Fall.

A Nightingale Falling is a story of a household and its inhabitants caught in the crucible of the merciless politics, cruelties and hardships of the period. It is also a story of love, and the dark secrets that lead to broken hearts.

The film will be produced by Mixed Bag Media, the company behind the award winning feature documentary Who is Dervla Murphy, the recent documentary A Grand Experience broadcast on RTE, and the award winning short films Bogman and The Road of Souls.

Filming commences on the low budget feature this July in Daingean, County Offaly, and will be directed by Garret Daly and produced by Martina McGlynn.

‘We are so excited to have such an exciting group of actors join this film’ commented Martina McGlynn. ‘Their combined talents and experience makes this a mouth watering prospect for this story. It’s a powerful drama and I’m in no doubt that audiences will be in for something special from these performers.’

Meritta Gorman-Geoghegan has also been confirmed as the films costume designer. She will oversee the costume design and creation of 1920’s ensembles for the main cast.

The film is expected to be completed in early 2014.

Further casting details will be unveiled over the next few weeks.

For more information visit www.mixedbagmedia.com

Or email production@mixedbagmedia.com