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RTÉ-commissioned TV series Smother filming in County Clare - Television - Ireland

RTÉ-commissioned TV series Smother filming in County Clare - Television - Ireland
Dathaí Keane is shooting a new family thriller starring Dervla Kirwan and Seána Kerslake in the lead roles. Ireland’s pubcaster RTÉ has commissioned a brand-new TV series, which began principal photography in County Clare on 10 February. The production, entitled Smother, has been penned by writer Kate O’Riordan (the TV series The Bay and Mr Selfridge) and is being directed by Dathaí Keane. Keane is best known for his TV series An Klondike (2015-2017) and his debut feature, Finky (2019), which won the Best Cinematography Award at the Galway Film Fleadh and was part of Black Nights’ First Feature Competition last year. Smother is a family thriller about deeply buried secrets and their unintended consequences, set in a small town on the wild and rugged coast of County Clare. The story centres on matriarch Val Ahern (played by Dervla Kirwan), a devoted mother who is determined to protect her family...
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‘The Stranger’ Star Dervla Kirwan Leads Cast For Irish Thriller ‘Smother’ From ‘Spanish Princess’ Writer

‘The Stranger’ Star Dervla Kirwan Leads Cast For Irish Thriller ‘Smother’ From ‘Spanish Princess’ Writer
The Stranger actress Dervla Kirwan has landed the lead role in Smother, the noir thriller produced by BBC Studios for Irish broadcaster RTÉ.

Kirwan, who features as the recurring character Corrine Price in Netflix’s The Stranger, will play family matriarch Val Ahern in Smother, which is penned by The Spanish Princess and Mr Selfridge writer Kate O’Riordan.

Ahern’s partner is found dead at the foot of a cliff the morning after a family party and as she unravels the circumstances that led to his demise, she discovers how his controlling, manipulative behavior impacted his children and siblings.

Other cast includes Niamh Walsh (Good Omens), Seána Kerslake and Gemma-Leah Devereux (Judy), who play Ahern’s daughters Jenny, Grace and Anna.

Stuart Graham (The Cure), Thomas Levin (Borgen), Hilary Rose (The Young Offenders) and Justine Mitchell (Cheat) also feature in the six-part series, which
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‘My Salinger Year’: Film Review

  • Variety
A writer writes, but there’s no evidence that Joanna Rakoff can even type when she takes the job as an assistant working for literary agent Phyllis Westberg in “My Salinger Year.” Because Rakoff went on to pen a book-length memoir about her time working for Westberg, who represented reclusive writer J.D. Salinger, we can rest assured that she eventually achieved her goal, but her story is less like Lauren Weisberger’s novelized “The Devil Wears Prada” than it is Truman Capote’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which is to say, , played here by Margaret Qualley.

In late 1995, Joanna Rakoff landed a job for which countless readers would kill: She found herself in the position to answer a phone and hear, on occasion, Salinger’s voice on the other end. At times, this notorious hermit and presumed curmudgeon would proactively express curiosity about her, offering unsolicited advice on writing (“Don’t get stuck answering the phone.
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‘The Hole in the Ground’ DVD Review

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Stars: Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, James Cosmo, Kati Outinen, Simone Kirby, Steve Wall | Written by Lee Cronin, Stephen Shields | Directed by Lee Cronin

Director Lee Cronin serves up some pleasingly old-fashioned supernatural scares in creepy Irish horror The Hole in the Ground.

Seána Kerslake (A Date for Mad Mary) stars as single mother Sarah O’Neill, who moves into a dilapidated farmhouse near a remote village in rural Ireland with her young son Chris (James Quinn Markey), after fleeing an abusive relationship with the boy’s father. One night, Chris disappears and Sarah worries that he might have fallen into an enormous sinkhole that has suddenly opened up in the woods, especially when she finds one of his toys near the edge. The next day, Chris turns up safe and sound, but his behaviour is subtly changed and Sarah becomes increasingly worried that the boy is not her son.
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DVD Review – The Hole in the Ground (2019)

The Hole in the Ground, 2019.

Directed by Lee Cronin.

Starring Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, Kati Outinen, David Crowley, James Cosmo, and Simone Kirby.

Synopsis:

A single mother and her young son move to a rural area of Ireland but a huge hole in the ground near their home appears to be having some sort of effect on them.

Dark forests, spooky children and Irish folklore combine in The Hole in the Ground, the debut feature from director Lee Cronin, proving that horror movies about dark forests, spooky children and regional folklore aren’t quite done yet, despite there being a slew of them in recent years.

Sarah O’Neill (Seána KerslakeA Date For Mad Mary) and her young son Chris (James Quinn Markey) have recently moved into their new home in a quiet part of rural Ireland. Whilst out in the woods next to the house Sarah comes
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Horror Feature ‘The Hole In The Ground’ Home Release Details Revealed

Vertigo

We’ve just received some new info for the incoming home release for horror piece The Hole In The Ground. The film, which will be released by Vertigo, is described as a bold and brilliantly constructed cross between Pet Sematary and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and is the debut feature from writer-director Lee Cronin.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Cronin elicits terrific performances from a brilliant cast, particularly Seána Kerslake (A Date For Mad Mary) as a single mother driven to her wits end, and a wonderfully unnerving James Quinn Markey (Vikings) as her son, who might not be what he seems after his disappearance in the forest. Also appearing are Simone Kirby (Peaky Blinders), Steve Wall (Vikings) Eoin Macken and veteran character actor James Cosmo.

Beautifully filmed in the misty, mysterious Irish countryside, and with an ominous, powerful score Stephen McKeon (Black Mirror) that recalls the rank dread of The Witch,
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Terrifying Chiller The Hole In The Ground Arrives on DVD April 30th

Expertly crafted tension and paranoia take full effect in The Hole in the Ground, arriving on DVD April 30 from Lionsgate. After disappearing from his mother, a son returns home seemingly unharmed, but his mother fears the boy who has returned might not be her son at all. From writer-director Lee Cronin (Ghost Train), this ominous, original and Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh film “delivers skin-crawling scares throughout” and stars Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo, and James Quinn Markey. The Hole in the Ground DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Suspense, terror, and the supernatural meet when Sarah and her young son Chris move to a new home in the Irish countryside. One night, Chris vanishes; when he reappears, he seems unharmed and unchanged. But as Chris’s behavior grows increasingly disturbing, Sarah fears the boy who has returned may not be her son in this richly evocative feature debut from writer-director Lee Cronin.
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Win The Hole in The Ground signed poster

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To celebrate the release of the Irish horror The Hole In The Ground – out now in cinemas across UK and Ireland from Vertigo Releasing and Wildcard Distribution – we are giving away a limited edition squad poster signed by star Seána Kerslake and director Lee Cronin.

Something nasty is lurking in the forest in what might be the most frightening film of the year, a nerve-jangling mix of The Witch and Hereditary.

Sarah (Seána Kerslake) moves her precocious son Chris to a secluded new home in a rural town, trying to ease his apprehensions as they hope for a fresh start after a difficult past. But after a startling encounter with a mysterious new neighbour, Sarah’s nerves are set on edge. Chris disappears in the night into the forest behind their house, and Sarah discovers an ominous, gaping sinkhole while searching for him. Though he returns, some disturbing behavioural changes emerge,
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The Hole In The Ground Coming to DVD on April 30th from Lionsgate

Following its well-received world premiere at Sundance and theatrical release from A24, Lee Cronin's The Hole in the Ground is coming to DVD on April 30th from Lionsgate.

Read on for The Hole in the Ground DVD release details and cover art, and check here to read Heather's Sundance interview with co-writer/director Cronin and stars Seána Kerslake and James Quinn Markey.

"Street Date: 4/30/19

DVD Srp: $19.98

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Expertly crafted tension and paranoia take full effect in The Hole in the Ground, arriving on DVD April 30 from Lionsgate. After disappearing from his mother, a son returns home seemingly unharmed, but his mother fears the boy who has returned might not be her son at all. From writer-director Lee Cronin (Ghost Train), this ominous, original and Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh™ film “delivers skin-crawling scares throughout” and stars Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo, and James Quinn Markey. The Hole in the Ground
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Movie Review – The Hole in the Ground (2019)

The Hole in the Ground, 2019.

Directed by Lee Cronin.

Starring Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo, Simone Kirby, Steve Wall, and James Quinn Markey.

Synopsis:

A boy disappears one night after venturing out into the woods behind their secluded home where a mysterious hole in the ground is located. After a short while, he returns but his mother’s calm soon turns to fear when his behavior starts to become increasingly violent and disturbing.

Lee Cronin’s The Hole in the Ground appeared to be a unique type of horror film with its first trailer release; a film that promised lots of strange imagery with an interesting twist on a concept that we have seen done time and time again. The “child turns evil” idea has been explored in several horror pictures such as The Omen(1976), Children of the Corn (1984), and even most recently The Prodigy(2019).

Although it all feels unfortunately familiar
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Interview: ‘Hole In The Ground’ Director Lee Cronin Talks Phobias, Changelings & More

Lee Cronin pictured with Seána Kerslake. Image Credit: Fetch Publicity

New Irish set-and-made movie, The Hole in the Ground, is currently out in cinemas, scaring up the masses. It stars Seána Kerslake as single-mother Sarah whom starts to suspect that her son Chris, played by James Quinn Markey, might not be her son anymore. It’s a great take on the changeling monster, and one that is certain to give you the creeps.

Written by writer and first-time feature director Lee Cronin, The Hole in the Ground taps into pretty much every fear going, and makes for an uneasy watch. The film debuted at Sundance to rave reviews and has generated a lot of buzz here in the UK, with many comparing it to the likes of Hereditary and The Babadook. With such praise, Cronin certainly seems to be a filmmaker to watch so we were thrilled to get a
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‘The Hole in the Ground’ Review

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Stars: Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, James Cosmo, Kati Outinen, Simone Kirby, Steve Wall | Written by Lee Cronin, Stephen Shields | Directed by Lee Cronin

Director Lee Cronin serves up some pleasingly old-fashioned supernatural scares in creepy Irish horror The Hole in the Ground.

Seána Kerslake (A Date for Mad Mary) stars as single mother Sarah O’Neill, who moves into a dilapidated farmhouse near a remote village in rural Ireland with her young son Chris (James Quinn Markey), after fleeing an abusive relationship with the boy’s father. One night, Chris disappears and Sarah worries that he might have fallen into an enormous sinkhole that has suddenly opened up in the woods, especially when she finds one of his toys near the edge. The next day, Chris turns up safe and sound, but his behaviour is subtly changed and Sarah becomes increasingly worried that the boy is not her son.
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UK box office preview: Can 'Fighting With My Family' wrestle top spot from 'The Lego Movie 2'?

UK box office preview: Can 'Fighting With My Family' wrestle top spot from 'The Lego Movie 2'?
The Aftermath’ with Keira Knightley is another new opener.

Stephen Merchant’s solo directorial debut Fighting With My Family leads the openers at the UK box office this weekend, and will look to dethrone three-time champion The Lego Movie 2 from the summit.

The film, which premiered as a ‘secret screening’ in Sundance this year, follows a family of wrestlers from Norwich, as siblings Saraya and Zak work to make it in the WWE. Screen Stars of Tomorrow Florence Pugh (2016) and Jack Lowden (2014) lead the cast, which also includes Nick Frost, Lena Headey and executive producer and former wrestler Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
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‘The Hole in the Ground’ Review: Dir. Lee Cronin (2019)

The Hole in the Ground review: A parent’s worst nightmare comes true in a new Irish horror that taps into pretty much ever phobia out there.

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The changeling is a supernatural creature that haunted parent’s nightmares for centuries. Prominent in several culture’s folklore, a changeling is a being that steals a child, replicates their appearance, and returns to the child’s home to take over that identity. Your precious bundle of joy getting swapped-out without your knowledge is a terrifying prospect, and one that new Irish indie horror The Hole in the Ground addresses.

Directed by first-time feature director Lee Cronin, The Hole in the Ground follows a young single mother Sarah (Seána Kerslake) and her son Chris (James Quinn Markey) as they adjust to life as just the two of them. After Chris goes missing, Sarah discovers a massive sinkhole in the woods near her house,
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The Hole in the Ground review – superbly scary country horror

Mounting weirdness descends as a mother and young son set up home in the middle of a dark and sinister forest

Here’s an Irish folk-horror that clearly drew the right conclusions from the midnight-movie pairing of The Babadook and Under the Shadow: a film operating at a suspenseful, spider-like creep that allows it to skirt your defences and get some distance under the skin.

It opens with a broadly familiar set-up. Recently separated, subtly scarred Sarah (Seána Kerslake) installs herself and young son Chris (James Quinn Markey) in the kind of countryside fixer-upper-type property that conventionally serves as a magnet for trouble. Yet its foundations are undermined in unexpected fashion, first by the discovery of a vast sinkhole in the surrounding forest, then by the neighbourhood crone (Kaurismäki regular Kati Outinen) who pauses her catatonic murmuring to insist that Chris isn’t who he seems. As Sarah briefs
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Exclusive: Lee Cronin and Seána Kerslake take us down The Hole In The Ground

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To celebrate the release of acclaimed horror hit The Hole In The Ground, which opens in UK cinemas this week, we sat down with director Lee Cronin and star Seána Kerslake to chat about the startling new film.

After its debut at Sundance last month, Cronin and Kerslake have, by their own admission, been thrust into the limelight with the film which has garnered much praise from both sides of the pond. Here, they chat with us about their experiences at the festival, the grueling nature of some of the shoot and trying to do something different with the horror sub-genre.

In the film, Kerslake plays Sarah, a young mother who has moved to a rural home with a son, Chris (James Quinn Markey) next to a dark, dense forest. One night, Chris goes for a walk in the forest and when he returns, his behavior grows increasingly disturbing, so
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Exclusive, Startling 'The Hole in the Ground' Clip: In the Middle of the Road

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In the suspense thriller The Hole in the Ground, Sarah (Seána Kerslake) and her son Chris (James Quinn Markey) have newly arrived in the Irish countryside. Their new home is surrounded by a peaceful forest. One day while driving, they encounter Mrs. Brady (Kati Outinen), an older neighbor who has suddenly appeared in the middle of the road. As our exclusive clip reveals, things quickly take a startling turn. Sarah gets out of the car to speak to Mrs. Brady, who is acting very...

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Scandinavia's NonStop goes on buying spree for 14 titles (exclusive)

Scandinavia's NonStop goes on buying spree for 14 titles (exclusive)
Deals include Alejandro Landes’ Sundance and Berlinale hit Monos; Peter Strickland’s In Fabric and Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale.

Scandinavian distributor NonStop Entertainment has closed a record 14 deals during Sundance and Berlin’s European Film Market.

The titles (full details below) are: Monos, The Nightingale, Colour Out Of Space, In Fabric, The Hole In The Ground, The Brink, Shooting The Mafia, Cold Case Hammarskjöld, Hail Satan, We Intend To Cause Havoc, Galveston, Out Of Blue, Charlie Says and Mid90s

“It’s noteworthy that 7 out the 14 films are directed by women and that they come from some of the
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The Hole in the Ground Review

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Impressively realised and clearly punching above its weight in terms of budget The Hole in the Ground, despite its flaws, is a solid addition to the Irish cinematic landscape and to the horror genre as a…whole.

Smart and stylish, the first act is full of suggestion and an ominous sense of suspense, thanks in no small part to the taut score by Stephen McKeon. Then comes the emotionally autumnal colour palette, claustrophobically framed close-ups and some sweeping aerial tracking shots (a la Stanley Kubrick’s epic opening from The Shining), all of which tell you two things pretty quickly: 1) this is a well made film and 2) something bad is going to happen.

Enter the eponymous, if somewhat incongruous, Hole in the Ground. Without giving away any plot spoilers, suffice it to say that the film would have worked perfectly well, nay even better, without the Hole. It descends into generic tropes which are,
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Sundance 2019 Review Round-Up: The Lodge, The Hole In The Ground, and Wounds

  • DailyDead
While at the Sundance Film Festival, this writer had the opportunity to take in a ton of great genre films while in Park City, and here’s a look at my thoughts on a trio of terror-filled offerings that fans should keep an eye out for this year: The Lodge, The Hole in the Ground, and Wounds.

The Lodge: When it comes to crafting nerve-shredding horror, filmmakers Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala proved with Goodnight Mommy that they definitely know a thing or two about terrorizing audiences, and for their follow-up project, The Lodge, the duo once again deliver up a haunting and unnerving examination of psychological trauma and parental conflicts, albeit in some very different ways this time around.

The Lodge follows siblings Aidan (Jaeden Lieberher from 2017's It) and Mia (Lia McHugh) as they set out to spend a few days leading up to the Christmas holiday with their dad’s new fiancée,
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