Cork film shortlisted for top film award

Cork film shortlisted for top film award
The cast of Beyond the Woods. Irene Kelleher, Mark Griffin, Director of Photography Páraic English, Seán Breathnach, sound recordist Hugo Parvéry and boom operator Kieran Fitzgerald. Pic: Karol Kachmarsky

A film set in Cork has been shortlisted in the National Film Awards in London.

'Beyond the Woods' is award-winning director Sean Breathnach's feature film debut. It was shot on location in Cork has been nominated in the Best Thriller category. 

The film stars Irene Kelleher (Game of Thrones), Seán McGillicuddy(Game of Thrones), Ross Mac Mahon (Penny Dreadful) and Claire Loy (Casualty).

The supernatural horror is set in an isolated house in the forest and follows the ordeal of seven friends who have decided to meet up after not seeing each other for a long time. 

"Beyond the Woods" will compete against 'The Redeeming', 'RedCon-1', 'Annihilation', 'Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires', '16/03', 'Final Score' and 'Black Site' for the award. 

Past attendees of the National Film Awards have included; Hugh Grant, Simon Pegg, Harrison Ford, Ricky Gervais, Samuel L Jackson, Helen Mirren, Cara Delevigne, Naomi Campbell and Idris Elba.

The awards take place in March and Michael Caine has been nominated for the Global Contribution to Motion Picture prize at the same event.

“We are thrilled to be nominated for this award,” said Sean Breathnach, Writer and Director of the film. “It's wonderful to get such recognition for our film. It's a tribute to the great work put in by a very talented cast and crew. Beyond the Woods has been very well received by the critics and is very popular with thriller and horror audiences internationally.” 

When asked about the ceremony itself Sean said: "I've asked for the seat next to Michael Caine."

The film is being distributed worldwide by Left Films, a UK based distribution company.

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