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Source: Grand Pictures

Dark Lies The Island

Principal photography has wrapped on black comedy Dark Lies the Island, written by Irish writer Kevin Barry (City Of Bohane).

Based on characters from Barry’s short story collection of the same name, Dark Lies The Island follows a long-standing family feud in a small Irish town.

Ian FitzGibbon (Death Of A Superhero) directs the ensemble cast including Peter Coonan (Penance), Pat Shortt (Garage), Moe Dunford (Handsome Devil), Charlie Murphy (Philomena) Tommy Tiernan (Derry Girls) and newcomer Jana Mohieden.

Produced by Grand Pictures, the film is supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board, along with Radio Teilifís Éireann, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Quickfire (UK) and from Revenue through the Irish Section 481 Tax Credit.

Independent is handling international sales.

Producer Michael Garland (The Legend of Longwood) commented: “It’s been a pleasure to produce Kevin’s debut feature as a screenwriter. He brings a new language, vivacity, and tone to the realm of the small-town Irish drama. He is without doubt contemporary Irish literature’s “Neo-Flann” and one of the most accomplished and unique current international literary voices.”

Director Ian FitzGibbon said: “Kevin gifted to us a dark and wickedly funny script which our superb cast relished. The drama is centred on one particular family, the Mannions, and ripples with family strife and the psychology of fear.”

Heads of department on the production include Jeffrey Sherriff (In Fear) as production designer and Leonie Prendergast (The Man Who Invented Christmas) as costume designer. The director of photography is Cathal Watters (Viva).

The shoot was filmed on location in Roscommon and Wicklow.