Dublin-based Wildcard Distribution has secured UK and Ireland rights to Irish feature drama Lakelands, with a cinema release scheduled for next year.
The film is the debut feature from Robert Higgins and Patrick McGivney, whose short film Drifting starring Paul Mescal premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh last year.
Lakelands is currently filming on location in the Irish midlands town of Granard, and centres on the aftermath of an attack on a night out, as a young Gaelic footballer struggles to come to terms with a career-ending injury.
It stars Éanna Hardwicke (Normal People, Vivarium), Danielle Galligan (Netflix’s Shadow and Bone), Lorcan Cranitch, Dafhyd Flynn, Dara Devaney, and Gary Lydon.
Producers are Robert Higgins and Patrick McGivney for Harp Media, with Chris Higgins and Andrei Bogdan co-producing, and Patrick O’Neill from Wildcard as executive producer.
It is being produced with funding from Creative Ireland, Longford Arts Office, Backstage Theatre, Longford LEO and received development funding from Screen Ireland. The project won the Bankside Films marketplace award at last year’s Galway Film Fleadh.
Writer/director Robert Higgins said: “Lakelands is a very personal film for both of us and bringing it to life with such a talented cast and crew has been an incredible experience. We’ve always felt the world of small-town GAA would make a good backdrop for a film and look forward to sharing it.”