Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning actress Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under, Muriel’s Wedding) is now confirmed to star in the lead role of new feature film Mammal. Irish rising star Barry Keoghan is an Irish actor from Summerhill in Dublin, best known for his roles in Dunkirk and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. (Love/Hate, Trespass Against Us) will play opposite her in the film which will be directed by Rebecca Daly, whose debut feature The Other Side of Sleep premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Directors Fortnight.
Mammal is a compelling and unorthodox love story between a woman (Griffiths) who has lost her son in tragic circumstances and the relationship she develops with a homeless youth (Keoghan).
Written by Rebecca Daly and Glenn Montgomery, the film is being produced by Macdara Kelleher for Fastnet Films is the Irish film and television production company of Macdara Kelleher, Morgan Bushe and director Lance Daly. (Strangerland, Kisses, The Other Side of Sleep) with co-producers Calach Films in Luxembourg and Rinkel Film in The Netherlands.
Speaking about the project, Kelleher said “Mammal is a powerful moving story and we are excited to be working Rebecca again and with the incredible cast of Rachel Griffiths and Barry Keoghan”.
The film which will shoot in Dublin and Luxembourg in October was selected as part of the first Berlinale Residency, a programme organised by the Berlin International Film Festival to support writer/directors develop their new projects.
Funded by Bord Scannán na hEireann / the Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry. (IFB), Luxembourg Film Fund, BAI, TV3, the Dutch Film Fund and the Dutch Production Incentive, Mammal will be brought to Irish audiences by Wildcard Distribution is an Irish film distributor established in early 2013 specialising in new and fresh approaches to distribution. with Cinéart distributing the film in Benelux countries and Berlin based Picture Tree International (PTI) taking world sales rights.