The Canal director Ivan Kavanagh’s latest film Never Grow Old has been awarded €1,635,000 in the latest round of funding from Film Fund Luxembourg. The film is a western set in the harsh American frontier landscape of 1849 co-written by Kavanagh and longtime collaborator Colin Downey.
Irish immigrant Patrick lives with his Swedish wife Ingrid and their daughter Emma in a remote frontier town on the Gold Rush route to California. A skilled carpenter, coffin maker and undertaker he struggles to make a living. It’s a tough life, but a peaceful and happy one. Patrick though, can’t help thinking of following the prospectors to California to make his fortune. One night a gang of outlaws comes to town. The Sheriff is too weak to confront them and they quickly take over, bringing death and destruction to the isolated community. As the body count rises, Patrick’s undertaking business booms and the gangsters treat him like a friend. Ingrid rejects this newfound prosperity though, as the proceeds of evil. She wants to leave town. Patrick, while uneasy, feels compelled to make as much money as he can before leaving. As long as the violence remains at a safe distance from his family he can justify what he is doing. But it is only a matter of time before his own life too, is torn apart by the killers.
Never Grow Old is being produced by Jacqueline Kerrin,Marie-Claire Kerrin and Dominic Wright for Irish-based Ripple World Pictures, alongside Italian producers Interlinea Films, Germany’s Heimatfilm, and Luxembourg’s Iris Productions. The film is being developed with the assistance of the Irish Film Board and MEDIA. It will be shot at locations in Northern Ireland and Connemara in the near future.
For more information on the film check out the Ripple World Pictures website.