Wednesday 28 September 2016

Meet one of Ireland’s youngest film producers and rising stars, Anna O’Malley

Published 07/07/2015 | 18:33

Producer Anna O'Malley
Producer Anna O'Malley

Anna O’Malley, one of the country’s youngest and brightest film talents, is a member of the crew behind short film ‘Blight’ which is expected to take the Galway Film Fleadh by storm.

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Dublin native O’Malley is the producer of ‘Blight’, a dark psychological horror film set in 1950s rural Ireland.

The film has been funded by the Irish Film Board’s initiative ‘Signatures’, which granted the crew €65,000 to finance the project.

“We wanted to come up with something really special to get Signatures. Signatures is really competitive, we have made a few films with the Film Board but with less funding,” Anna revealed.

Along with writer Matt Roache, director Brian Deane and her business partner Eamonn Cleary, Anna was intent on securing the funding to showcase their collective ability as filmmakers.

Blight is essentially the first ever Irish exorcism movie, the award winning producer states.

Behind the scenes of 'Blight'
Behind the scenes of 'Blight'

Thanks to her previous work experience on ‘Volkswagen Joe’, Ridley Scott’s ‘Halo-Nightfall’, ‘Penny Dreadful’, ‘Vikings’ and other RTE productions, Anna was able to piece together a great crew on the budget allocated.

“George Blagden who plays Athelstan in ‘Vikings plays our lead Fr Carey. It was fantastic to get someone of his calibre on board,” she says.

The crew hope that their movie will go on to do a successful festival circuit and attract investors for a future feature length horror script that they are working on together.

“I have always loved stories,” the 32-year-old said. “When I was younger I loved writing, directing theatre and that manifested into a love for film.  I studied TV and Film for my Masters and was lucky enough to get into a TV Production company straight after college. I started as an assistant and then they gave me the opportunity to  produce segments for Nationwide on RTE.”

After a stint in London working for NBC, she returned home as she wanted to start producing her own project.

“Over the last few years I have been producing short films and developing feature film scripts. I'm really thankful every day that I get to do what I love. No day is the same, you plan for everything and expect the unexpected.”

The cast and crew of 'Blight'
The cast and crew of 'Blight'

Anna and the crew are looking forward to seeing their hard work on the big screen at its premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh this weekend.

“Saturday evening will probably be a bit of whiskey drinking and catching up with other filmmakers. It's always a great weekend, films, pubs, films - a perfect combination,” she says.

Anna is currently working as a Production Manager on three Norwegian Feature Films called ‘Little Grey Fergie’ and a few feature films that she hopes to get into development next year.

For more information, see www.galwayfilmfleadh.com

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