Dublin International Film Festival’s Lightouse Cinema 1 was the venue last Wednesday for the World Premiere of the Leitrim produced feature film Black Ice, a film boasting a rich Irish cast including Love/Hate star Killian Scott.
Written by Dromahair’s Johnny Gogan and Arigna’s Brian Leyden, Black Ice tells the story of Alice (newcomer Jane McGrath) a young “petrol-head” trying to get to grips with the death of her brother in a high-speed crash. Dublin Film Festival’s Alastair Daniel has described McGrath’s performance as “mesmerising”
The film also includes a strong ensemble of Leitrim and Donegal actors including Donal OKelly, Michael Harding, Deirdre O’Meara, Marian Quinn, Alan Devine and Conor McDermottroe. Also marked out for notice was the film’s convincing realisations of back-road high-speed racing – all of which was shot in North Leitrim.
Speaking at the film’s premiere producer/director Johnny Gogan was clear to emphasise that “Black Ice could not have been realised to such a high standard without the dual involvement of the community of car enthusiasts and the broader North Leitrim community”.
The film was produced by Dromahair based Bandit Films and Still Films (Dublin) with finance from the new Leitrim based Studio North West tv, a number of private investors, An Bord Scannan na hEireann/The Irish Film Board, Leitrim County Enterprise Board and RTE.
A story of youthful misadventure set against the backdrop of a lawless Donegal border terrain during the last gasps of the Irish boom - Black Ice charts the story of Alice as she is seduced into the rhythmic rumbling world of local boy racers. Black Ice was filmed in North Leitrim and Strandhill, County Sligo in February of last year and all post-production work took place under the tutelage of editor Patrick J. O’Rourke whose post-production company Sleeping Warrior Films forms part of a growing production hub around Dromahair.
Plans are taking shape for the national release of Black Ice later in the Spring. Keep your eyes open for a sneak preview in Dromahair in the coming weeks.
In the meantime catch the trailer on studionorthwest.tv