Principal photography has recently commenced on writer/director Paddy Slattery’s highly anticipated debut feature, Let Your Guard Down.
The film 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.
The cast includes Graham Earley (Cardboard Gangsters, Red Rock), Gemma Leah Devereux (Get Up & Go, Judy), John Connors (Love/Hate, Cardboard Gangsters), Ryan Lincoln (Kissing Candice, Cardboard Gangsters), Gary Lydon (The Guard, Brooklyn), and Ally Ni Chiarain (Michael Inside, The Drummer & the Keeper).
Slattery is a multi-award-winning and IFTA nominated filmmaker who has been a prominent name in the Irish film landscape over the last number of years, with a writing, directorial and production repertoire of short films including The Moment (2010), Runner (2012), Skunky Dog (2014) and Today (2015). Let Your Guard Down is produced by Slattery for True Line Films and Simon Doyle for FailSafe Films. Director of Photography is Narayan Van Maele (Gutland, Gridlock), Sound Recordist is Rob Moore (Wave), Editor is John Desay (Ladies of Science), and Sound Design is by Nikki Moss (Patrick’s Day).
The film will continue shooting for 4 weeks over the course of August, in and around the city of Dublin. Post-production will follow in September with the intention of targeting film festivals and a distribution deal in Ireland and aboard.
Let Your Guard Down was independently financed with a share of the budget raised on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.
It’s a dream come true directing a feature film surrounded by an extremely talented cast and crew. Of course I’m anxious about the outcome of our work because of the financial restrictions we are facing but I’m also extremely confident that we’ll make a film we can all be proud of.
Paddy Slattery, Writer/Director
Paddy’s a great director with a fantastic cast and crew behind him so we’re really excited to get this film in the can.
Simon Doyle, Producer