SCREENINGS & SELECTIONS – ROUNDUP

Close to Nothing At All received second place in the prestigious City of Salzburg Simon S. Film Award. The hard hitting drama, written and directed by Lisa Bröckl, has been selected for two festivals in April 2021 – it will screen at the Underground Cinema in Dun Laoghaire, and at the Montreal Independent Film Festival.

Meanwhile the multi-award-winning QED, directed by Amy-Joyce Hastings, is screening on RTE 2 on Monday 29th March, and will be available on the RTE Player until April 28th.

Her latest directorial outing Sign of The Times, recently screened at the Chicago Irish Film Festival, as well as its premiere as part of the Galway Film Centre’s One Minute Film Festival at the Fleadh last July, plus subsequent screenings in Miami and Los Angeles.

BFI PANELLIST

Amy-Joyce was invited to speak as a panellist on micro-filmmaking at the BFI London yesterday, as part of the 60 Second International Film Festival. Her award winning short film Body of Christ will be screened at various 60SIFF events worldwide as part of the multi city festival.

FILMING ‘LILY’ FEATURE

Filming is underway on the feature length adaptation of Lily, based on the multi award winning short film of the same name. Amy-Joyce reprises her role as Oonagh, for which she won the Underground Cinema Best Supporting Actress Award in the short film version.

The screenplay was written by Graham Cantwell and Katie McNiece, and is directed by Cantwell. The film stars Clara Harte, Dean Quinn, Amy-Joyce Hastings, Venetia Bowe, Lynette Callaghan, Paul Ronan, Aisling O’Neill and Allison McGirr.

Cinematography is by the Ray Sisters, and it is produced by Alan Fitzpatrick and Edwina Forkin.

‘LILY’ FEATURE FILM

Amy-Joyce Hastings last night participated in a read through of the feature length script for Lily, set for production next year. The script was written by Graham Cantwell and Katie McNiece, based on the multi award winning short film of the same name. Amy-Joyce will be reprising her role as Oonagh in the much expanded feature length film. She won the 2017 Underground Cinema Best Supporting Actress Award for this role in the short film version.

FILMING WRAPPED ON ‘CLOSE TO NOTHING AT ALL’

Amy-Joyce has just wrapped filming Close to Nothing At All on location in Salzburg, Austria. The film is written and directed by Lisa Bröckl, produced by Saskia Eder for FH Salzburg with cinematography by Patrick Kamalzadeh. The hard hitting drama stars Amy-Joyce Hastings as Ava Collins alongside her onscreen family – Alicia Gerrard as Ailis, Andrea Kelly as Niamh, and Bill Murphy as Seán – the Collins family – with German actor Wolf Danny Homann (Michael) rounding out the ensemble cast. It is expected for completion in June 2019.

On set photography by Alexander Altendorfer.

SAN FRANCISCO IRISH FILM FESTIVAL

Amy-Joyce attended the San Francisco Irish Film Festival as a special guest, sponsored by Culture Ireland. She is pictured here with the festival director Kate Gunning, and being interviewed by UC Berkeley’s Professor of Irish Studies Catherine Flynn, following the screening of Irish Shorts at the Delancey Street Theater.

The shorts program was a particularly excellent curation by Frank Kelly and Róisin Hunt and Amy-Joyce Hastings’ multi award winning short QED was in great company in this lineup of films: Little Bird, Early Days, Time Traveler, Earthly Encounters, City of Roses, QED, Gustav, Rhinos and Wave.

She is most grateful to the festival sponsors Culture Ireland for a truly immersive cultural experience of Irish Cinema abroad. The final night screened two incredible Irish features back to back – Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner and Frank Berry’s Michael Inside.