Visitors to this year’s Galway Film Fleadh are in for a treat as it has been announced that In View (****), the excellent Irish independent feature film from Parked writer Ciaran Creagh, will have its Irish premiere at the festival.
The film is the story of the implosion of Ruth Donnelly, a happy married and accomplished Garda detective whose drunken indiscretion while pregnant led to the loss of her baby at birth. Blaming Ruth and unable to cope, her husband takes his own life leaving Ruth alone. Five years later Ruth’s life of burdening guilt is dominated by rage, alcoholism, depression and self-loathing, leaving her to eventually conclude that there is only one way for her to make amends with the world.
The film features a star-making turn from Caoilfhionn Dunne (Love/Hate) in the lead, supported by Ciaran McMenamin (One Hundred Mornings), Stuart Graham (Hunger), Maria McDermotteroe (Veronica Guerin), Aoife King (Mammal), Eoin Quinn (limp.) and Gerard McSorley (In the Name of the Father).
According to In View’s producer, David Byrne:
It is extremely difficult to get funding to produce a feature film especially one of this genre. Everybody said we were mad to even attempt to make such a film. Never did we realise that so many gifted professionals within the film industry would so willingly throw their weight behind this dark dramatic tale.
Speaking about selecting In View to this year’s line-up, Gar O’Brien said:
In View is, at its core, a powerful character -study of a lost, broken soul trying to stay afloat in the modern world, clinging desperately to the wreckage of her life. Boasting a stunning lead performance from Caoilfhionn Dunne as Ruth, In View tackles her descent into alcoholism and depression, issues which are rooted deep in Irish society, with a refreshing and haunting clarity resulting in a film that is as deeply moving as it is narratively compelling. In View is also a fiercely independent piece of Irish Cinema and one of the reasons it was selected for this year’s Fleadh is that you can see the blood, sweat and tears that went in to it, from everyone involved, right there on the screen. It’s a piece of cinema coming from a clearly passionate place.
In View is produced by Dave Byrne of Underground Cinema. You can find out more on the film’s Facebook page.
The 28th Galway Film Fleadh runs July 5th to 10th. In View plays Thursday July 7th in the Town Hall Theatre at 8pm.