A new Irish short drama starring Victoria Smurfit (Once Upon a Time) has been officially selected to premiere at the 35th Rhode Island International Film Festival. The Secret Market a contemporary mystery thriller written by Conor Ryan and directed by Martina McGlynn and Garret Daly will hold its world premiere at the Oscar and BAFTA qualifying festival that is ranked one of the top ten film festivals in the US.
Smurfit plays Amy McCarthy, a doctor who has risen through the medical ranks to become chief surgeon. She has a near perfect life until her past comes back to haunt her. The film stars an impressive ensemble of Irish actors including Tadhg Murphy (Black Sails, Vikings), Mark Huberman (Frank, Noble), Camille O’Sullivan (Rebellion), Jonathan White (Love Rosie, Noble) and Eric Lalor (Fair City).
Filmed on location in Ireland throughout Dublin city and Tullamore County Offaly the film was shot by IFTA winning Director of Photography James Mather (Frank, Ripper Street). Music was composed by Golden Globe nominated and IFTA winning composer Brian Byrne (Albert Nobbs, The Secret Scripture). Sound Design and Mixing was provided by IFTA winner Killian Fitzgerald (Striking Out) at Avatar Post Production while colourist Eugene McCrystal at Outer Limits completed post production.
The film is the debut short from Limerick writer Conor Ryan who is currently in development with Gaumont and Aaron Kaplan on numerous US TV dramas. “Conor’s script is very relevant in an era where personal data and privacy is being threatened in a real way. The script and film forces us all to examine our past, even though we mightn’t want to !” commented filmmaker Martina Mc Glynn.
The Secret Market is produced by Martina McGlynn, Victoria Smurfit and Garret Daly through Mixed Bag Media. Based in County Offaly Ireland, the company’s next project is a feature film based on the 1985 true story of the two boys from Darndale Dublin aged 10 and 13 who were stowaways to New York. The screenplay written by Conor Ryan is in development with the Irish Film Board and is currently scheduled for production in 2018.
‘The Secret Market’ will screen at the 35th Rhode Island International Film Festival Friday August 11th at 9pm at the Vets Cinemathéque in Providence before continuing its festival journey around the world.
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Filming commences on second series of critically acclaimed drama Marcella starring Anna Friel
Original multi-layered ITV crime drama series Marcella, written by internationally renowned screenwriter and novelist Hans Rosenfeldt (The Bridge) and starring Anna Friel (Broken, American Odyssey) returns to production this month (July 2017).
Returning alongside Anna Friel as the lead Marcella, in the highly praised drama are Ray Panthaki (One Crazy Thing), Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude, Guerrilla), Jamie Bamber (Fearless, NCIS) and Jack Doolan (White Gold). New cast members are also welcomed; Nigel Planer (Episodes, Comic Strip Presents, The Young Ones), Keith Allen (Eddie The Eagle, My Mad Fat Diary), Sophia Brown (Beauty & The Beast, Clique, Disobedience), Peter Sullivan (Cuffs, Critical, The Borgias), Jason Hughes (Three Girls, Midsomer Murders), Victoria Smurfit (Once Upon A Time, Trial & Retribution, The Beach), Yolanda Kettle (The Crown, Love Nina), Josh Herdman (Harry Potter) and Harriet Cains (Line of Duty, Safe House).
Sean is organizing a benefit to help raise awareness and money for people fleeing conflict zones. He gathered some of his friends, including Victoria, for a fun evening. Check the details below and buy your tickets and donate.
When: Sunday, April 2nd: 7PM-10PM
Where: The Viper Room
Actor Sean Maguire and Director Julie Anne Robinson invite you to an evening of comedy and music to raise money and awareness for people fleeing conflict zones. Featuring: Theo Von | John Cho | Sean Maguire | Richard Schiff | Diedrich Bader | Chris Weitz | Robert Carlyle | Merrin Dungey | Patrick Fischler | Jason Biggs | Mikey Raymond James | Danny Zuker | Victoria Smurfit | Al Madrigal | Jason George | Brian Hooks | Amir K | Lauren Ash | Julie Anne Robinson | plus many others… Hosted by Gary Cannon DJ – Zen Freeman Tickets are available for purchase at www.ViperRoom.com for $25.00. Guests MUST order tickets from the venue in order to be admitted on April 2nd. All proceeds will support Oxfam’s humanitarian response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Oxfam is providing lifesaving aid to displaced people in the Middle East, and is helping families meet some of their basic needs as they travel beyond the region to seek safety. If unable to attend – you can still support the cause at Oxfam
Buy the tickets here
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