‘A Nightingale Falling’ at Newport Beach Film Festival


Garret Daly and Martina McGlynn’s debut feature, A Nightingale Falling, the Irish war of Independence feature film, has been officially selected for the  Newport Beach Film Festival in LA.

The festival will host the US Premiere of the film which was released in Irish cinemas last September and has already picked up a number of awards at various film festivals.

Playing in competition, the film will screen on April 27th at the Little Island cinema in Newport followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

The film stars Tara Breathnach in the lead role as May Collingwood as she struggles to keep her home safe while taking care of a wounded British officer.
The film is represented by 7&7 Sales agents in London who have already secured release deals for the film in South Korea, Germany and Hong Kong.

Irish audiences will get the chance to see the movie this weekend when it is screened on UTV Ireland.

The film will be broadcast on Easter Sunday at 10pm.
A making of documentary will also screen at 4.30pm on the same day.


Easter Premiere for War of Independence Film on UTV Ireland


 A Nightingale Falling, the Irish period drama set during the War of Independence is to have its Irish television premiere this Easter Sunday at 10pm on UTV Ireland.


The film is set in 1920 with The Anglo-Irish war at its height and upon discovering a wounded British officer, (Gerard McCarthy) two sisters (Tara Breathnach and Muireann Bird) must outwit British and IRA forces as well as confront their own personal rivalry in an attempt to save his life.


The film is based on the novel by Clare author PJ Curtis and was released in cinemas last September where it enjoyed a successful 6 week nationwide run at the Irish box office. The film has out performed all expectations for an independently released film here in Ireland and continues to expand into new markets and territories. Speaking on behalf of the production co-director Garret Daly said ’It’s really great and we’re immensely proud that the film will be broadcast in such a prime time slot on this new channel.’
TV audiences will also get a chance to see The making of A Nightingale Falling in a special documentary which looks at the community involvement in County Offaly. It focuses on the ways and means the filmmakers managed to produce this high quality drama and the efforts undertaken by everyone involved, including the recording of the score with the Ulster Orchestra for their very first film score. The film was co-directed/produced by Garret Daly and Martina McGlynn alongside producers Gerry Burke and PJ Curtis.

A Nightingale Falling is a Mixed Bag Media production in association with Northern Ireland Screen.


A Nightingale Falling will have its Irish TV premiere on UTV Ireland, Easter Sunday, 5th April at 10pm.

The Making of A Nightingale Falling will be broadcast on the same day 4.30pm






A Nightingale Falling

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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

A Nightingale Falling– Official Website


‘A Nightingale Falling’ Hits Cinemas

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A Nightingale Falling is set for a nationwide release in Irish cinemas on September 12th. Garret Daly’s film is a powerful Irish drama set in Ireland during the War of Independence, featuring intense dramatic scenes with Black and Tans and the IRA, impeccable recreations of the era, and powerful acting performances.

This Thursday, 4th September, the film will have its homecoming premiere at the IMC Tullamore with cast and crew in attendance along with special guests. A reception will also be held at the Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre.

 A Nightingale Falling was selected for the Galway Film Fleadh in July. The film has also been selected to open the 5th Underground Film Festival, and it will screen at the inaugural Sky Road Film and Television Festival in Clifden this Friday, 5th September.


A Nightingale Falling – Review of Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh


Diarmaid Blehein catches A Nightingale Falling, Garret Daly and Martina McGlynn’s debut feature about a turbulent period in Irish history, which screened at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh.

A full house gathered in Galway’s Townhall Theatre on a particularly warm July evening to attend the premiere of A Nightingale Falling as part of the Galway Film Fleadh. The evening began with a few words from the directors Garret Daly and Martina McGlynn, whose excitement to have their film finally shown to the world proved somewhat contagious. After many extensions of deserved gratitude, the lights dimmed and the show got under way.

Adapted from the novel by PJ Curtis, A Nightingale Falling tells the story of two sisters May (Tara Breathnach) and Tilly (Muireann Bird), who live in a large farmhouse in the country during the Irish War of Independence. Times are tough and both women work hard to make ends meet, with the help of some local farm labourers. However, their peaceful lives are suddenly disrupted when May finds a critically injured British soldier called Jack (Gerard McCarthy) in their yard. They take him in and do their best to nurse him back to health, fully aware of the consequences of such actions. As Jack slowly recovers, both sisters start to develop feelings for him, but it is only to Tilly he returns such affections. Meanwhile, the Black and Tan soldiers are terrorising the village, searching for Irish rebels, as well as their missing captain.

Daly and McGlynn deliver a fine film which focuses on the effect of a nationwide crisis on one particularl family. Breathnach gives a fine performance as the older and more authoritative May, while Bird is equally impressive as the younger, more excitable Tilly, whom the audience get to see mature before their eyes. The most effective scenes are early on when the sisters are slyly vying for Jack’s affections, without any direct confrontation on the matter apart from the looks they exchange when one catches the other alone with him. The feeling of danger is also very imminent with the ruthless Black and Tans never too far away, added by the fact that many of the farm labourers who work for the sisters are themselves IRA members. The film also doesn’t shy away from the tragic loss of life in this era, as well as the desperate actions of those trying to get away unscathed. Towards the end of the film there comes a twist that will throw even the most experienced filmgoer.

Beautifully directed and brilliantly acted, A Nightingale Falling is a moving, authentic piece of cinema about a turbulent period in Irish history where loyalty and trust were for many the only means of protection.

Click here for our coverage of Irish Film at the 26th Galway Film Fleadh  (8 – 13 July, 2014)


A Nightingale Falling: Preview of Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh

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The 26th Galway Film Fleadh (8 – 13 July, 2014)

A Nightingale Falling

Wed 9th July

Town Hall Theatre


A Nightingale Falling, the Irish historical period drama set during the War of Independance, will get its world premiere at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh. Directed by Garret Daly and Martina McGlynn, it tells the story of two sisters who, against the backdrop of war-torn Ireland, take in a wounded British soldier. The lead actress, Tara Breathnach, has been nominated for the Bingham Ray New Talent Award.

Directors Garret Daly and Martina McGlynn told Film Ireland “We are thrilled to be in the Galway Film Fleadh. As an independent film, it gives us the recognition we needed to vindicate our passion for this film and to demonstrate what we’ve always believed, that this story needs to be told and seen. We can’t wait till the premiere, because there is something magical about the festival and walking up the steps of the Town Hall for our first feature will be a special moment. That’s how important a festival of this magnitude is to an indie film. Already it has brought great attention to the film, so we are very excited”.

May Collingwood (Breathnach), is forced to make critical and difficult decisions when she rescues a British soldier and must now protect herself and sister Tilly. They live in fear of the British Black and Tans, the rising IRA, their own entrapment, and ultimately the dark secrets of unrequited love unfolding from within. This is a powerful drama of lives overtaken and destroyed by the events and hardships of the period.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777, or at www.tht.ie.

Cast and crew will attend.

Directors: Garret Daly, Martina McGlynn

Cast: Tara Breathnach, Muireann Bird, Gerard McCarthy, Brian Fortune, Elliot Moriarty, Andy Kellegher

Script: Garret Daly, Martina McGlynn, PJ Curtis

Producers: Martina McGlynn, Gerry Burke, Garret Daly, PJ Curtis



Score to Feature Film ‘A Nightingale Falling’ Recorded by Ulster Orchestra in Belfast

Tara Breathnach - 'May' in A Nightingale Falling

The Ulster Orchestra is recording the score to feature film A Nightingale Falling over two days in Belfast at the end of April.

With support from Northern Ireland Screen, this is the first time ever that the Ulster Orchestra has recorded a full, feature-length film score and it joins only a handful of film scores to be recorded entirely in Ireland.

The score was written by Donegal-born composer Graeme Stewart for Mixed Bag Media’s film A Nightingale Falling. Stewart likens the score to “an emotional spectator of the film,” and describes it as having “a lyrical and a pastoral quality, featuring woodwind and solo stringed instruments, while at the same time becoming much more symphonic when it needs to.”

The film, based on the novel of the same title by PJ Curtis, is a new historical drama set against the backdrop of a turbulent, war-torn Ireland in the early 1920s. It 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.  Starring Tara Breathnach (pictured), Muireann Bird and Gerard McCarthy, it was filmed entirely on location in Co. Offaly.  A Nightingale Falling will be released later this year.