In this Film Ireland podcast, Gemma Creagh chats to Niall Owens about his debut feature film Gateway, which screened at IndieCork 2021 Film Festival (19th September – 3rd October).

Mike a low-level drug dealer is haunted by a recent death. Unable to shake his waking nightmare, Mike’s business has suffered and he and his gang are in debt to a ruthless supplier. In need of quick cash, the gang plan to grow a large amount of weed to settle the debt, now all they need is a quiet place to grow it. 

When Mike is given the address to an unassuming abandoned house it would appear that their problems are solved. But when confronted by a locked door within the house, unease starts to form within the gang and old feuds begin to fester. 

Niall Owens is a Writer/Director and 1st Assistant Director from Cork City, Ireland. Niall has worked for 15 years in the Film and TV Industry as an Assistant Director, he has over 50 credits as an AD and has worked on projects such as RAW, The Clinic, Camelot, The Other Side of Sleep and Love Eternal. He has served as 1st Assistant Director on TV shows such as Bridget & Eamon, Rig 45, Fir Bolg, Assassins and CSI na hEireann . Niall was the 1st AD on Michael Inside working with Frank Berry, Tom Comerford and Dafhyd Flynn and most recently he was the 1st Assistant Director on Eoin Macken’s Here Are the Young Men which stars Anya Taylor Joy (Split, Glass), Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders, F9), Dean Charles Chapman (1917, Game of Thrones), Travis Flimmel (Warcraft, Vikings) and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo).

Niall is also an IFTA nominated Writer/Director & Producer. Niall’s first short film Torn was funded by RTE and The Cork Film Centre, to date Niall has directed 8 shorts including the IFTA nominated Animal. Niall’s debut feature the Psychological horror Gateway is currently in the final stages of post production with a release set for later this year, he is also in development with Screen Ireland on a feature version of his short film Animal.

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