Thursday 17 January 2019

Oh my God - Aisling headed for the big screen

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen
Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen
Sean O'Grady

Sean O'Grady

The best-selling novel 'Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling' is to be turned into a feature film.

Element Pictures is developing the bestseller, written by friends Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght, for the big screen with both women signed on to write the screenplay.

The book is itself based on a popular Facebook group created by McLysaght and Breen based on a character named Aisling - a young woman from rural Ireland moving to Dublin for work.

The book follows the adventures of Aisling as she moves from her hometown of Ballygobbard to an apartment in Portobello, with stylish friend Sadhbh and her mysterious friend Elaine.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, McLysaght said: "We were so bowled over with the success of the book and then shortly afterwards emails started coming in from TV and film production companies, which was even more surprising and brilliant.

"When Element turned out to be the best fit, we were delighted. We're big fans of its work."

Element Pictures is the company behind several well-known films including 'Room' and 'A Date For Mad Mary'.

"Sarah and I always said we'd like to be involved in bringing Aisling from the pages of the book to the big screen, so to be writing the screenplay is just great. We can't wait to get going."

McLysaght and Breen met as media students in Ballyfermot College of Further Education. It was there they developed the character of Aisling and formed a Facebook group dedicated to the character for their friends to enjoy.

"The Facebook group was kind of like a WhatsApp group might be today.

"Sarah and I had created this character around 10 years ago and our friends were really into it and were coming up with brilliant 'Aislingisms' so the group seemed like a good place to keep them altogether," she said. "Slowly but surely it grew from just friends to friends of friends and is now around 50,000 members strong."

Element Pictures producer Rory Gilmartin said: "We couldn't be more excited at the thought of working with Emer and Sarah to bring Aisling into cinemas.

"The huge success of this debut book is testament to the strength of their writing - so funny and yet so full of heart."

Irish Independent

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