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.
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.
Amy-Joyce attended the San Francisco Irish Film Festivalas 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’sThe Breadwinner and Frank Berry’sMichael Inside.
Earlier this year in March, Amy-Joyce Hastings won the inaugural Award for Best Original Content on Sky Television’s International Short Film Awards for her short film Body of Christ. The entire first series of The Short Film Show is currently available on Amazon Prime. Here she gives a Winner’s Interview for The Short Film Show’s Second Season on the subject of short filmmaking.
Body of Christwas commissioned by the Galway Film Centre (UNESCO City of Film). The film took home the Award for Best One Minute Film at the 7th Underground Cinema Film Festival, won 2nd place at the 28th Galway Film Fleadh’s One Minute Film Festival, and was nominated for the Micro Cinema Award at the Blackbird Film Festival in New York.
This week, alongside her Film Venture partner Graham Cantwell, Amy-Joyce was on the judging panel for Miss Universe Ireland, culminating in the live show held at the Mansion House, Dublin last night.
Gráinne Gallanagh was crowned Miss Universe Ireland 2018, replacing Cailín Áine Ní Toibín. Brittany Mason, MUI Director presented the live show alongside James Patrice.
This year’s judging panel also included Evoke.ie Editor Sybil Mulcahy, model Alannah Beirne, Business Director Margaret Clandillon and leading fashion designer Umit Kutluk, who designed Amy-Joyce’s red carpet gown.
More great news for Amy-Joyce’s film QED which has won the Golden Palm Jury Award for Narrative Short Film at the Mexico International Film Festival!
Amy-Joyce is en route to beautiful Schull to support the film which is screening this week at the 10th Fastnet Film Festival. Fastnet is a wonderfully intimate Irish film festival, which attracts the best of Irish filmmaking talent.
Amy-Joyce is attending the Cannes Film Festival for the first time. Her recent award winning film QED is screening as part of the Cannes Short Film Corner and she will attend a number of screenings and panels while at the festival.