Venom Films, via i-D, has released the first poster and trailer for Aoife McArdle’s feature debut Kissing Candice, ahead of the film’s World Premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.

Candice longs to escape the boredom of her seaside town, but when a boy she dreams about turns up in real life, she becomes involved with a dangerous local gang.

Ann Skelly (Red Rock) stars as Candice, with support from a cast of rising and established Irish stars, including Ryan Lincoln (Cardboard Gangsters), Ryan McParland (Skunky Dog), Conall Keating (Robbie the Rabbit), Tony Doyle (Sing Street), Maghnús Foy (Red Rock), James Greene (Mammal), John Lynch (The Fall),  Lydia McGuinness (Sing Street), Lalor Roddy (Lost in the Living), Caitriona Ennis, and Kwaku Fortune.

Northern Irish-director McArdle is best known for her work in the world of television commercials and music video, with her video for the U2 song ‘Every Breaking Wave’ nominated for Best International Music Video at the UK Music Video Awards 2015. In addition to directing, McArdle has also developed the script, and worked with producer Andrew Freedman of Venom Film to bring it to the screen. Freedman has produced a number of award-winning shorts and features, including Ken Wardrop’s IFTA-winning His & Hers and the BAFTA-winning co-production Kelly and Victor. On the production front, cinematography is by Steve Annis and film editing is by Dan Sherwen, both of whom worked with McArdle on ‘Every Breaking Wave’. The film shot in Dundalk, Drogheda, and Dublin.

London-based Film Constellation will launch world sales on Kissing Candice in Toronto and jointly represents US rights with WME Global.

Kissing Candice

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