NI director shoots first feature film

NI director shoots first feature film

The first feature film from Northern Irish writer/director Stephen Fingleton is currently filming in Ballymoney.

The Survivalist tells the story of a man living in the dystopian future of 2023 where food is scarce, as he encounters a woman and her daughter to form an uneasy alliance to survive.

The Survivalist screenplay was developed through Northern Ireland Screen's New Talent Focus scheme and has since featured on the 2012 Hollywood Black List, a list of the best unproduced scripts the year, as well as the 2013 Brit List.

The movie is hotly tipped for success by industry insiders, when it is released in 2015.

Fingleton told UTV: "It's set in the forests of my youth, as it were, the fauna, the type of trees, the time of day, the weather, all these things were in my mind when I wrote the script.

"And so shooting it in the place where I grew up, back when I was young enough to climb trees, I think is great."

The film stars Belfast actor Martin McCann, best known for 2010's Clash Of The Titans, and Nymphomaniac star Mia Goth.

McCann said: "I've never done a film like this before, it's a mature, proper film, it looks like a film, and it feels like a film.

"It could be set anywhere, it could be set in America, set in England, but its set in Northern Ireland."

Goth admitted to UTV she was revelling in the "dark" storyline, commenting: "The darker (the storyline) the better, I think it allows you to get away from your own life more and it allows you to create something that's more complex, more layered, and it's just more fun to be a part of."

Fingleton added: "The Survivalist is a very special project to me and my producers have given me the opportunity to make it with the right team, right cast in particular.

"I am thrilled to introduce a wider audience to the work of Martin McCann in a role worthy of his extraordinary talent."


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