Kings and An Bronntanas director Tom Collins is set to start shooting his new feature film, Penance (Aithrí), later this month in Ramelton, Co Donegal and Derry City, and needs local extras to help make the film a reality.
Penance (Aithrí) will be shot in both English and Irish, and follows the story of a young firebrand Priest – Father Eoin O’ Donnell, who uses his influence upon his parishoners in the events leading up to 1916 Rising, especially that of a young teenage boy, Antaine with unexpected results. Fifty years later they meet again in Derry in 1969 where both are forced to consider the events of their shared past.
Collins previous two features both were Ireland’s official entries for Best Foreign Language Feature at the Academy Awards, Kings in 2008 and An Bronntanas in 2014. Kings was also nominated for a record 14 Irish Film and Television Awards in 2008; won the Gold Torc at the 2008 Celtic Film and Media Awards; picked up a Special Commendation at Prix Europa Best Drama 2008.
Collins will also produce the feature with Edwina Forkin, who recently produced the Galway Film Fleadh Best First Irish Feature-winning drama Sanctuary. The film is funded be Northern Ireland Screen, The Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry., TG4, Broadcast Authority Ireland.
Penance (Aithrí) will be shot on location over the next six weeks. The producers are calling for anyone who wants to be a voluntary extra in the film to contact them for further details. They hope that the local communities in Derry and Donegal with weigh-in to help as extras, especially in the larger 1916 battle scene.