Monday 21 October 2019

Serial killer movie wraps in Wicklow

Young local director has high hopes for his new film

Ian Adams on location.
Ian Adams on location.

Niamh O'Connor

A young Arklow film-maker - who at 25 has already worked as an assistant director on The Vikings and Penny Dreadful - is shooting his final scene in a movie he hopes to bring to Cannes and Sundance festivals.

Ian Adams, who studied TV and Film production at the Bray Institute of Further Education (BIFE), is currently wrapping up his second feature film, Manhunt, thanks to the help of his family and friends.

'Directing is my passion,' Ian told the Wicklow People, 'But I wrote Manhunt as well. It's about a bunch of childhood friends who wind up in the woods in Wicklow with a serial killer.'

Ian's first film, The Lads, a horror shot on a budget of €252, got an IFCO classification and was released in four Omniplex cinemas last September. It has been viewed more than 540,000 times since being uploaded on Youtube,

Ian has even bigger plans for Manhunt, which he wants to take on the festival circuit - 'ideally Cannes and Sundance', he says.

'I never expected The Lads to get that number of views on Youtube. I thought if it got 10,000 hits in six months, that would be good.'

Asked how he managed to turn around a second film so quickly, Ian said, 'I work on it between takes a lot of planning, literally me organising everything, I couldn't do it without my friends and family helping me out. I have an editing studio at home.'

Ian's first film was a black comedy about three friends who wind up spending gangsters' money that they have two weeks to pay back. He described it as a cross between Love Hate and Dumb and Dumber, at the time.

Manhunt 'ups the game' Ian says about the film which he shot in Laragh and Bray, and Ian hopes to finish shooting in the coming weeks.

His advice for up and coming filmmakers was to 'just do it...don't wait around to see if someone likes it...just make it...I have met so many people in the industry who are there because they got lucky...they were studying one thing in college and then wound up helping out on a film set and are still around.'

Ian says in the future he would like to make some black comedy and serious drama.

Wicklow People