Irish film to premiere at Sundance Film Festival

A new Irish feature film ‘Mammal’ starring Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning actress Rachel Griffiths is to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next month.

The Sundance Film Festival which takes place in Park City, Utah is one of the world’s most prestigious places in which to debut new independent films.

Over the course of its more than 30-year history it has launched films such as Whiplash, Boyhood, Little Miss Sunshine, Reservoir Dogs, Napoleon Dynamite, Brooklyn and The Guard.

Mammal which co-stars Michael McElhatton (‘Game of Thrones’) and Johnny Ward (‘Love/Hate’) is the compelling story of a woman who has lost her son and develops an unorthodox relationship with a homeless youth.

Their tentative trust is threatened by his involvement with a violent gang and the escalation of her ex-husband’s grieving rage.


Speaking about the official selection of Mammal, director Rebecca Daly said, “It’s such an honour and a fantastic start for Mammal. I know how much US audiences love Rachel and am really excited to see what the audience at Sundance make of the film and a very different performance from her.”

Written by Daly and Glenn Montgomery, Mammal was selected as part of the first Berlinale Residency, a programme organised by the Berlin International Film Festival to support writer/directors in developing their new projects.

Daly’s debut feature The Other Side of Sleep premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Directors Fortnight.

The Irish co-produced documentary The Land of the Enlightened will also have its world premiere at the renowned North American festival in the International Documentary strand.

Both films will be distributed by Wildcard Distribution and are set for Irish cinema releases in 2016.

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