Amber Content, Up Ha, Clydebank Films and Ripple World Pictures have announced that UK/Irish Co-Production Moon Dogs will be released in UK and Irish cinemas from September 1st.
Moon Dogs is a coming-of-age road trip story that follows Michael (Jack Parry Jones) and his step brother Thor (Christy O’Donnell) on an epic road trip south from Scotland, meeting Irish free spirit Caitlin’(Tara Lee) along the way, whose charms lead to them both falling in love with her.
Moon Dogs stars up and coming Celtic talent from Ireland, Scotland and Wales: Welsh actor Jack Parry-Jones (Da Vinci’s Demons, Back to Zero); Irish actress and talented singer/songwriter Tara Lee (The Fall, Raw, Jimi: All Is by My Side, The Odd Life of Timothy Green) and Scottish actor and musician Christy O’Donnell (Clique) with a stand out supporting cast featuring Dennis Lawson, Tam Dean Burn, Niall Greig Fulton, Chris Donald, Tanya Franks, Geoffrey Newland and Shauna Macdonald.
The film won Best International First Feature at Galway Film Fleadh last year, was BAFTA Scotland nominated, BIFA longlisted, and was selected as Best of the Fest at EIFF 2016. It has also garnered standout support from Irvine Welsh “Not one, not two but three stars are born in this beautiful movie” and Screen Daily: “Delightful…Coming-of-Age Comedy.”
Moon Dogs is directed by multi BAFTA nominated, multi-award-winning director / screenwriter from South Wales Philip John, written by Derek Boyle and Raymond Friel, produced by Kathy Speirs and Co-Produced by Suzanne Reid, Dominic Wright and Jacqueline Kerrin with the support of Creative Scotland, Ffilm Cymru Wales and the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann. Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe became involved in the film’s journey in February 2014 and not only composed Thor’s music but also the original soundtrack for the film and is responsible for providing a score which is both exciting and moving, and is an embodiment of the celebration of the spirit of rebellion.
Making a film is like bringing up a child. You love her, you dress her well, you teach her honesty then you boot her out the door so she can spread the word that rebellion is good.
Philip John, Director
Irish production company Ripple World Pictures was founded by producers Jacqueline Kerrin and Dominic Wright in 2007. Their mission is to create original, high quality film and television content to entertain audiences of all ages around the world for generations to come.
Ripple World are currently in post-production is Colin McIvor’s Belfast-set wartime family adventure Zoo starring Art Parkinson, Penelope Wilton and Toby Jones. Recently completed productions include three Little Grey Fergie feature films for children, and live action/animation family movie Ghosthunters: On Icy Trails for Warner Bros. Past productions include sci-fi comedy Earthbound starring Rafe Spall and David Morrissey; thriller Retreat starring Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton and Jamie Bell and Darragh Byrne’s comedy drama Parked starring Colm Meaney and Colin Morgan.
Ripple World’s forthcoming features include Alexandra McGuinness’ New Mexico set thriller Highway starring Lucy Fry, Eiza Gonzalez and Josh Hartnett; Ivan Kavanagh’s western Never Grow Old starring Emile Hirsch; Jim O’Hanlon’s period rom-com Sandition; and Eoin Macken’s anarchic, hedonistic drama Here Are The Young Men. Ripple’s forthcoming TV productions include 1960’s spy thriller series Ratlines.