Aspiring actors are being offered the opportunity to feature in a feature length film when auditions are held at 11am on Saturday next, February 11 in The Blue Devon, Dromahair for extras to appear in ‘Black Ice’ which is being filmed in the county during the coming month.
Directed by Johnny Gogan, Black Ice will be shot over 18 days in February using locations clustered in North Leitrim to recreate the Donegal setting. Cast includes Jane McGrath (recently seen in Little Women at The Gate), Killian Scott (Love/Hate), newcomer Dermot Murphy; Conor McDermottroe (Swansong), Marian Quinn (32A), Donal O’Kelly (The Van, I Went Down, Kings), Michael Harding (actor, playwright and Irish Times columnist). This will be the director Johnny Gogan’s third feature.
The setting for Black Ice is a small town where the main past-time for its youth is racing cars down an old “concession road” and the authorities of North and South find it difficult to police in the new open border dispensation.
The inciting incident in the story is a crash on this road in which Alice our lead character is implicated. Her brother Tom has died and his girlfriend Carole has remained in a coma.
At the commencement of the story the 20 year old Alice (Jane McGrath) returns to the town for Carole’s funeral. She is also looking for Jimmy (Killian Scott), her boyfriend at the time, who fled the scene of the crash on the fateful night and who has since become a player in the cross-border fuel smuggling world.
Alice is forced to retrace the steps to the day Jimmy arrived into their racer scene, leading to their collaboration as a rallying team, their increased involvement as “sweeps” for the local fuel smugglers and the crash that blew all their lives apart.
While the story focuses on this young world it is also a profile of a border town living on the edge of legality and financial melt-down.
The model of production is a mini-studio model where the crew are based in the North West. The film is financed mainly through the production company Bandit Films new online channel www.studionorthwest.tv which will be launched in late March.
The film is being co-produced by Nicky Gogan and Trevor Curran of Dublin-based Still Films whose previous youth film Pyjama Girls was a critical and audience success on its release in late 2010.
Should any businesses aspire to supporting the film industry in the region they are encouraged to contact the Production Manager Linda Shevlin on (086) 6052571.