‘My Name is Emily’ and ‘A Patch of Fog’ added to Toronto line-up
25 Aug 2015 : Seán Brosnan
Both films will play in the Discovery section, which, according to TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey is “ the place where Festival audiences will find the future of filmmaking. You can expect to uncover thrilling new voices, inspiring storytellers and hidden gems among this fantastic showcase of work from some of the most exciting new directors from around the world.”
‘My Name is Emily’ joins Irish films ‘Room’, ‘Brooklyn’, ‘The Lobster’, ’11 Minutes’ while ‘A Patch of Fog’ joins Northern Irish films ‘Being AP’ and ‘High Rise’.
‘My Name is Emily’, which was selected as the Opening Film at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh, is written and directed by Simon Fitzmaurice and stars Evanna Lynch (‘Harry Potter’), Michael Smiley (‘The Lobster’, ‘Glassland’) and newcomer George Webster (‘City of Dreamers’, ‘Blood Moon’).
It’s Emily’s 16th birthday and for the first time in her life, doesn’t receive a birthday card from her Dad. After meeting a fellow outsider at her new school, Emily and her ally, Arden, decide to embark on a road trip adventure across Ireland to find her missing father.
Speaking about the selection, writer/director Simon Fitzmaurice said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that My Name is Emily has been selected by TIFF. It’s means a great deal to me and everyone involved in the making of our film. I’m going to try my best to go to the festival!”
The feature is produced by Irish companies Newgrange Pictures and Kennedy Films, the main financier being the Irish Film Board, with other finance from BAI, TV3 and the Irish tax incentive. The film was co-produced with Garagefilm International, Film Väst and Chimney Pot in Sweden and with support from SVT and with Paradox in Norway. The film will be released in Irish cinemas early next year. New York based Visit Films acquired world rights will be representing the film in Toronto.
Also screening is Northern Irish feature‘A Patch of Fog’. The international sales rights for the film have been acquired by 13 Films.
The psychological thriller is the feature directorial debut from Northern Ireland film-maker Michael Lennox, who, earlier this year picked up a BAFTA award and an Oscar nomination for his short film ‘Boogaloo & Graham’.
Starring Conleth Hill (‘Game of Thrones’ ‘Suits’; ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’) and Stephen Graham (‘Boardwalk Empire’; ‘Gangs of New York’; ‘This is England’), ‘A Patch of Fog’ follows a celebrated novelist and TV personality (Hill) who finds his reputation on the line and his life invaded by a lonely security guard (Graham) when caught shoplifting.
From a script by Northern Ireland writers Michael McCartney and John Cairns, the film was developed through Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus scheme. ‘A Patch of Fog’ was produced by Robert Jones (‘The Usual Suspects’; ‘Dirty Pretty Things’; ‘Babylon’), Wayne Marc Godfrey (‘Silence’; ‘Cake’; ‘The Survivalist’), and David Gilbery (‘Shelby’; ‘Bone’; ‘Tomahawk’) for The Fyzz Facility.
‘A Patch of Fog’ filmed entirely in Northern Ireland at the end of 2014 with funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Fyzz Facility and the British Film Institute (BFI).