Loosely based on Persuasion by Jane Austen, Áitiú agus Ionracas is a retelling of that novel set in modern-day Ireland. Áine has spent her adult life taking care of her invalid mother, whose recent death has meant Áine finally gets to start her own life in earnest. When she was a teenager, she was in love with another girl, but she let her go to start a new life in the US, on the advice of her brother, for several reasons which seemed to make sense at the time.
At the start of the film, Áine is about to start a new job as assistant to the artistic director of a local theatre, when she finds out that Freddie, the love of her life, has moved back from America. On the first day of her new job, she meets another new employee, a stage manager recently returned from the US …
This is a student film, for the MA (Cleachtas Gairmiúil sna Meáin) in University of Galway. The film will probably also be entered into festivals. Seán Breathnach, director of the feature film Foscadh, is mentoring this film’s director. Unfortunately there is no pay, but you will get a copy of the finished film for your showreel. The filming will take place in a couple of locations in Galway City, including the Taibhdhearc, the national theatre for the Irish language.
There is a lot of interest in Irish language films at the moment, both in Ireland and internationally, and this is a chance to be part of this movement. You don’t need to be 100% fluent – the crew will be working through English – you just need to be able to say your own lines fluently and understand the other actors’ line and the story of the film.
If you would like to be considered for one of the roles, please email the director, Mary Tynan, at firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV and headshot (small file please – if there’s a photo on your CV that’s fine) and a link to your showreel if you have one.
12, 13 & 14 February in Galway City
Playing Age: 35 – 50
Middle-aged woman, lesbian, stage manager
This character kisses two other women in the film – the actor will need to be comfortable with this
Playing Age: 40 – 60
Middle-aged man, Áine’s brother
Playing Age: 30 – 60
Woman, artistic director of the theatre