Celtic Badger Media, a production company/collective based between Limerick, Clare, and Galway, has announced that their second feature film, The Perished will world premiere at FrightFest in London on Monday August 26th.
The Perished, written and directed by Paddy Murphy and produced by Barry Fahy and Vachn Gill, is a dark social horror dealing with the reality of Irish women who have had to travel to the UK for abortions for generations and come home to face shame and stigma. It combines that with an equally traumatic story of a mass baby grave below a parochial house; the spirits within seeking a mother.
The film stars Limerick’s Courtney McKeon (The Three Don’ts) in the lead role of Sarah Dekker, with Live 95fm’s street boy, Paul Fitzgerald (Killinaskully) as her best friend, Davet Lynch. The film features Stephen Tubridy (Illusion’s of the Mind, The Three Don’ts) as the supernatural entity known as Kilin. Fiach Kunz (Black ’47, Game of Thrones) co-stars as Sarah’s boyfriend Shane Daly, with veteran stage actress Lisa Tyrrell (Extremities) as his sister, Rebecca.
Conor Lambert (Intermission, Love & Friendship) and Noelle Clarke (Christmas at Draculas) feature as Sarah’s parents, Richard and Elaine Dekker, with emerging Galway talent Oisin Robbins supporting as Rebecca’s boyfriend, Nigel Kiely. Limerick actors Tim Hourigan and Brian O’ Regan also feature in the film.
The film’s poster was created by Christopher Shy, a US based artist who has worked on posters for Godzilla King of The Monsters and Pet Semetary, as well as graphic novels for the video game series Dead Space. The sound mix and design was handled by Italy-based Massimiliano Borghesi, who did sound for last years Frightfest smash success, Book of Monsters.
Shannon’s Weird Cylinder Studios, run by musician Evan Murphy composed the music for the film while emerging artist Aoife Meade wrote and performed the film’s theme, The Good Book, which can be heard in the trailer.
FrightFest began in 2000 and has hosted premieres for films by Guillermo Del Toro, Neil Marshall, Jen and Sylvia Soska, Adam Green and Joe Lynch. This years selection includes Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark, written and produced by Guillermo Del Toro and directed by Andre Ovredal (The Troll Hunter), as well as Crawl from Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension, Piranha 3D) and Rabid, a remake of the David Cronenberg 1977 classic of the same name, directed by the Soska Sisters. The festival is run by Paul McEvoy, Alan Jones, Ian Rattray and is considered the largest genre festival in the UK and one of the most prominent in the world.
This is a huge accomplishment for local film production and especially indie studios. This film had no external funding from local or governmental bodies and was entirely funded by the 3 producers & 3 associate producers – all of whom were involved in several roles of developing the film. It’s a testament to the work ethic of the team and the power of the story that it get’s to share the same venue as movies from gigantic studios made by hollywood film-makers.Paddy Murphy, Writer/Director
The Perished is aiming to have its Irish Premiere at Halloween. More details on that in the coming months.