The Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) is an all-Ireland organisation with a Membership of 1,240 individuals across 14 Chapters of Discipline. nominee and multi-award-winning writer/director Paddy Slattery is about to embark on his debut feature film, The Broken Law of Attraction. The indie crime/drama will be produced by Edwina Forkin and Deirdre McNally for Zanzibar Films, the production company behind Sanctuary, winner of Best First Irish Feature at Galway Film Fleadh this year; and Swansong, the film that won actor Martin McCann his first IFTA for the lead performance in 2011.
Slattery’s highly anticipated debut feature is a multi-layered story featuring rising star Tristan Heanue (In View, Cardboard Gangsters) in the lead role as Dave Connolly who reluctantly follows in his late Father’s footsteps by becoming a trusted member of the Garda Síochána. His loyalty to the law is soon put to the test when his ex-convict brother Joe comes back into his life in desperate need of his help. Against his better judgement, Dave decides to help him but after an unexpected twist of fate, his loyalty to his brother is called into question as he falls in love with Amia, the victim of his brother’s previous crime.
Slattery has been a prominent name in the Irish film landscape over the last number of years with a critically acclaimed writing, directorial and production repertoire of short films including The Moment (2010), Runner (2012), Skunky Dog (2014) and Today (2015).
On what audiences can expect from The Broken Law of Attraction, Slattery has said
This film has conflicted but realistic characters and colourful dialogue with a few confrontational situations and adult humour thrown in for good measure. I guess it’s the kind of film I hope will draw groups of friends out to the cinemas for a good evening’s entertainment. I’m not trying to re-write the rules of narrative structure or pioneer a new formula for cinema literacy with this film. That’ll be my follow up feature.
The Broken Law of Attraction is currently moving into pre-production and shooting is expected to get underway over the coming months with an Irish cast and crew to be announced very soon. Filming will take place around various suburban Dublin locations.
But before a frame of film can be shot there is one important challenge they need to overcome. The production team are launching a crowd-funding campaign online and reaching out to the public to donate what they can in order to help make this project happen. Paddy’s determination and passion to make this film is palpable as he comments:
We’re shooting this film, by hook or by crook! I don’t want any special treatment because I’m a wheelchair user, I just want a fair crack of the whip as I believe I’ve earned it. So, I’m pleading with anyone who has a few bob to spare and an interest in supporting the arts, to support this project. Without you’re help, we simply cannot make this film.
Donations can be pledged here at http://www.indiegogo.com/at/thebrokenlawofattraction