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21 May 2022

Casting call for new John McGahern film

Do you know the perfect fit for Jamsie?

Casting call for new John McGahern film

Casting call for new McGahern film

Harvest Films have sent out a casting call to local theatre groups in search of a character for the upcoming feature film based on John McGahern's memoir "That They May Face The Risining Sun."

The film will be directed by the acclaimed Irish director Pat Collins and produced by Tina O’Reilly at South Wind Blows and Brendan Byrne at Cypress Films.

It will shoot for 5 weeks in the West of Ireland. Casting is ongoing but actors Sean McGinley, Barry Ward, Lalor Roddy, Ruth McCabe and John Olahan have already been confirmed.


The producers are now anxious to find an actor to play the role of JAMESIE and are shifting through local drama groups to secure the perfect candidates.

According to the Director Pat Collins, "The character we are looking for is a man in his 70s - rooted in the rural countryside - at ease with the farming world - schooled in the university of life, mischievous and wise at the same time - with a clear speaking voice and a natural intelligence and good humour."

The role of Jamesie is one of the most interesting roles in the script. Anyone interested should contact Maureen Hughes Casting Director on 087 2688273.

That They May Face the Rising Sun is John McGahern’s last novel, published in 2002, four years before his death. It was called by some as his “masterpiece”. The film adaptation is written by Éamon Little and Pat Collins and supported by Fís Eireann and MEDIA. 

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