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Saturday 20 October 2018

Droghedas Laura to be star of major new film

Paul Cotrulia (right), writer/director of ‘The Session’ with Brian Matthews, cameraman
Paul Cotrulia (right), writer/director of ‘The Session’ with Brian Matthews, cameraman
Una McKenna and John McQuaile from Forest Park pictured in Magnums over the weekend. Picture: Paul Mohan.
Don Reilly, Elmwood and Jimmy Black, Bothar Brugha pictured in Magnums over the weekend. Picture: Paul Mohan.
Laura Howard

Auditions for The Session were completed recently, and with shooting set to begin soon, the makers of the film have been boosted with the news that Meath Arts Council is to provide a grant to assist shooting.Most of the location scenes will be shot in Navan, Co Meat

DROGHEDA woman Laura Howard, who has already appeared in Glenroe, is set to be the star of a major new film by cult filmmaker Paul Cotrulia.

Auditions for ‘The Session’ were completed recently, and with shooting set to begin soon, the makers of the film have been boosted with the news that Meath Arts Council is to provide a grant to assist shooting.

Most of the location scenes will be shot in Navan, Co Meath with other shots from Dublin city.

Writer/Director Paul Cotrulia spoke exclusively to the Drogheda Independent last week on his exciting new production.

‘Everything is going very well, we are delighted with the news of the grant and everything is well ahead of schedule now’, he said.

‘There is a lot of interest in newspapers and radio stations all round the country because there is nothing else like this film being produced in Ireland. You could almost call it Americanised, very modern and focused on youth culture.’

‘Shooting begins in about nine weeks and we’ve been rehearsing so much that it could take only four weeks to shoot the film as there are only a small number of locations’.

The production is boosted by the experience of Brian Matthews, of ABFAB Productions, and this dark teen drama ‘The Session’ is going to attract a lot of interest in Ireland.

Laura Howard, who played ‘Aileen Synnot’ in Glenroe for three years, is really looking forward to playing the part of ‘Maria’ in the film, while Paul Reid will also be no stranger having featured in the new Bord Bia TV ads as well as films such as ‘L’etranger’ and ‘Reign of Fire’.

‘Paul (Reid) has reached the stage of his career where he can turn down work, so the fact that he is starring in ‘The Session’ means that it is a high profile production.’

‘I am really happy to have Laura’, added Paul Cotrulia. ‘We are very lucky to have her because she just blew us away with her audition.

‘She saw the website and the audition date and venue and just arrived down. She was amazing and has landed the lead female role of Maria.’

Paul has had success before with ‘Post End’ and ‘Soul Snatcher’ but is expected to make the big screen stage with ‘The Session’ which makes grim statements about life, love and friendship.



For more on the production, and on Paul himself, visit www.paulcotrulia.com

















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