Element Pictures Distribution has announced that Gerard Barrett’s Glassland will have its World Premiere this July as part of the  26th Galway Film Fleadh with an Irish release following this Autumn. 

Glassland tells the story of a young taxi driver on the fringes of the criminal underworld, who in an effort to save his mother from addiction and unite his broken family is forced to make a life changing moral decision.

Featuring a formidable cast with IFTA Winning Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), fresh off Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction opposite Mark Wahlberg and most recently Justin Kurzel’s MacBeth (which also stars Michael Fassbender). Joining Reynor is Emmy, Golden Globe award winning and Oscar Nominated actress Toni Collette (Sixth Sense, Little Miss Sunshine), rising British star and the 2014 BAFTA Rising Star winner Will Poulter (Son of Rambow, We’re the Millers) and award winning Northern Irish actor Michael Smiley (A Field in England, Kill List).

Glassland is Barrett’s second feature film following the hugely acclaimed Pilgrim Hill which wowed audiences at the Galway Film Fleadh and across the world two years ago. The Fleadh acknowledged Barrett’s debut by awarding him the inaugural Bingham Ray New Talent Award and he then went on to win the IFTA Rising Star Award in 2013. Now promise is fulfilled, with his return to the Fleadh for the World Premiere of his stunning second feature, Glassland.

Director Barrett commented that “The Galway Film Fleadh gave my debut film Pilgrim Hill a platform, and it’s a privilege for me to go back and launch my second film Glassland there. Miriam and Gar played their part in launching my career and it’s a great honour to return where new filmmakers are valued and encouraged”.

Glassland is written and directed by Barrett and produced by Ed Guiney (Frank, What Richard Did) and Juliette Bonass (Get Up and Go) for Element Pictures in association with Barrett’s NINE. The film is financed by the Irish Film Board and Element Pictures Distribution who will handle the film in the UK and Ireland. Executive producer is Andrew Lowe.

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