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Olivia Colman in a scene from 'Joyride'

Olivia Colman in a scene from 'Joyride'

Film-maker Emer Reynolds. Picture by Frank McGrath

Film-maker Emer Reynolds. Picture by Frank McGrath

Henry Fonda in '12 Angry Men'

Henry Fonda in '12 Angry Men'

Olivia Colman and Charlie Reid in a scene from 'Joyride'

Olivia Colman and Charlie Reid in a scene from 'Joyride'

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Olivia Colman in a scene from 'Joyride'

When Emer Reynolds was trying to get Olivia Colman on board for the making of her debut feature film Joyride, she wrote the Oscar-winning actress a letter.

In it, Reynolds quoted Seamus Heaney’s poem, Postscript, in which he writes of a meditative car journey through the west of Ireland: 


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