Tuesday 20 March 2018

'Calvary' to premiere at Sundance Film Festival

John Manning

A FILM partly shot in Rush and starring Malahide actor, Brendan Gleeson, will receive its world premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Utah in the United States.

The shooting of scenes for 'Calvary' in Rush in late 2012 caused quite a stir locally with dramatic scenes like the burning down of a church filmed in the north Fingal town.

The €6 million film is the much anticipated follow up to 'The Guard' from writer-direct, John Michael McDonagh and stars Fingal's very own, Brendan Gleeson.

Gleeson, who lives in Malahide and is married to a Rush woman, Mary Weldon, plays Fr James Lavelle, the flipside to Brendan Gleeson's character, Sgt. Gerry Boyle in The Guard.

Fr Lavelle, is a man intent on making the world a better place, he is continually shocked and saddened by the spiteful and confrontational inhabitants of his small country town.

One day, his life is threatened during confession, and the forces of darkness begin to close in around him.

Rush was chosen because the producers wanted a west of Ireland feel for the film, set in Sligo.

Calvary is a Reprisal Films and Octagon Films production, presented by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and the BFI, in association with Lipsync Productions.

Calvary is due for theatrical release in 2014. Distributed in UK and Ireland by eOne, in Australia and NZ by Transmission and in Germany by Ascot Elite.

But the film will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19 and has the honour of being chosen for the famous festival of independent film in its 30th year.

The film shot in Rush will also have the honour of opeing this year's Dublin Film Festival.

Fingal Independent