Tuesday 17 October 2017

Missy Keating's future looks bright with critically acclaimed horror

EIMEAR RABBITTE

THE future looks good for young starlet Missy Keating after her first film received major critical acclaim.

The 12-year-old daughter of Boyzone star Ronan Keating has been tipped for big things after she was praised for her performance in horror flick Dark Touch.

It is the first feature film role for the Dublin school girl, but she has proved more than capable of getting to grips with the gritty role, according to film critics.

The pretty youngster has been compared to a young Sissy Spacek, and the Dark Touch, which was set in Ireland, was dubbed 'the Carrie movie of our time'.

The flick and Missy's acting skills got special mention from the New York Times, while an online film review site said Missy was "impressive in the role".

Dark Touch was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival this year and was released worldwide on video on demand (VOD) at the weekend.

But young Missy won't be able to see how good she is just yet, as she is too young to watch the flick.

The daughter of Masterchef star Yvonne Keating, who split from husband Ronan in 2011, plays the lead role of an 11-year-old girl Niamh.

Niamh is the sole survivor of a massacre that killed her parents and younger brother.

While a neighbouring couple take her into their family, troubled Niamh struggles with her traumatic past leading to gruesome results.

Like Stephen King's Carrie, Missy's character has the ability to move things with her mind, leading the New York Times to comment that "Dark Touch owes something to the writings of Stephen King".

The film, which also stars Amy Huberman's brother Mark is proving a big hit online.

One film site wrote: "Little Missy Keating is powerfully good in a difficult role and the result is a main character who is a victim, a potential hero, and a reluctant villain all at the same time." The paper also heaped praise on the role of mum Yvonne's boyfriend, cameraman John Conroy, who worked as the director of photography on the film, with the couple first meeting on set.

"Wielding his camera with jumpy precision, Mr Conroy, infuses even chaotic motion with stabilising elegance," read a review in the paper.

Conroy and Missy later collaborated again in Irish made film The Sea, adapted from John Banville's Booker prize-winning film.

Yvonne has spoken of her pride at her daughter's success.

She says Missy took up acting classes to boost her confidence.

"She caught the acting bug straight away," Yvonne said.

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