Graham Cantwell’s new Irish film The Callback Queen is getting a cinematic release, opening in Northern Irish cinemas on Friday September 4th, before opening south of the border on September 11th.
The romantic comedy, which stars Amy-Joyce Hastings (The Tudors) and Mark Killeen (300: Rise of an Empire), the story sees Hastings play a vivacious Irish actress in the cut-throat London film industry, striving to land a role in an epic fantasy film, directed by Vincent Catalano (Killeen). This film within a film stars Irish actor Eoin Macken, who is currently starring as the lead in NBC army doctor series The Night Shift, which recently aired on RTÉ.
With Australian cinematographer Anthony Bowes behind the lens, the film was shot on location predominantly in London, with additional photography taking place in Snowdonia, Wales. It co-stars an array of recognisable British and Irish talents, notably Seán T. Ó Meallaigh (Charlie), Kate Braithwaite (Gravity), Vicki Michelle (‘Allo, ‘Allo), and Ger Ryan (Intermission). The score comes from two time Emmy nominated composer Joseph Conlan.
Director Cantwell’s debut short film A Dublin Story was shortlisted for Oscar Nomination in 2004 having won numerous awards. His debut feature Anton, a political thriller, received a three week theatrical release and three The Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) is an all-Ireland organisation with a Membership of 1,240 individuals across 14 Chapters of Discipline. nominations, eventually selling to over 40 territories worldwide. The Callback Queen marks his second feature film as a director. Executive Producers on the film were Stephen Gibson, Martin Carroll, and Martin Witts.