Local Talent shines in Festival Screening
The locally made feature film, A Good Woman Is Hard to Find, gets its Derry premiere at Brunswick Cinemas as part of the annual Foyle Film Festival.
Local Actors Andrew Simpson and Rudy Doherty take to the big screen.
The film stars Sarah Bolger as a recently widowed young mother who will go to any lengths to protect her children as she seeks the truth behind her husband's murder.
Local actors Andrew Simpson and Rudy Doherty play alongside Sarah.
While Andrew Simpson is well known to audiences for his roles in Notes on a Scandal, Nicolas Nickleby and Rebellion, the 10 year old Rudy Doherty makes his screen debut as Sarah’s son, Ben.
In the film, Rudy Doherty as Ben hasn’t spoken since the day he witnessed his father being killed. Then Tito, played by Simpson, literally bursts into Sarah's world. He's ripped off drug-dealers and decides to stash the stolen drugs in her flat.
Rudy, a pupil at Culmore Primary School, was selected from over 50 boys auditioning for the role. He was put forward by his drama teacher, Mrs Sandra Biddle of Foyle School of Speech and Drama and enthusiastically attended screen tests and workshops in Belfast before landing the part.
Filming took place on location throughout Belfast in November 2017, before Rudy spent a week in Liege, Belgium, shooting the interior of the family home in a studio.
Rudy reflects, “it was a great experience for me but I will never be able to watch a movie the same again, knowing how difficult and long each scene takes and how they only capture little parts of your surroundings on the screen.”
Parents, Cassie and Joe, say Rudy was disappointed to learn the movie was rated 18.
His mum, who chaperoned him on set, said, “Rudy worked so hard, and gave a phenomenal performance, so naturally we would love for him to enjoy seeing that on screen. Plus he is convinced that, because he knows the script, is aware of some of the movie’s more gruesome elements and understands that it is all acting, he will be fine to watch it. However, having seen it ourselves at the UK premiere in London, he’ll definitely have to wait a few more years yet!”
A Good Woman Is Hard to Find screens at Brunswick Moviebowl on THURSDAY 21 NOV 2019 at 9:30PM.
Film Reviewers have said….
“Beautifully observed and with a terrific central performance from Bolger, this is a film that takes a simple story and gives it real power.” - Jennie Kermode, EyeForFilm
“Pastoll’s second feature…proves that he is still a new filmmaker to watch.” - Kat Hughes, The Hollywood News
“A cinematic punch in the face.” - ***** Horror Channel