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Eva Birthistle stars in the Donegal-based horror film, Wake Wood

"Wake Wood" begins new wave of Irish horror movies

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Eva Birthistle stars in the Donegal-based horror film, Wake Wood

“Accessing financing for new films in recession Ireland is a tough call. The challenge with Outcast is that although it was a horror-based script it was very based on Celtic mythology and its set between Ireland and Scotland. The Irish Film Board have been very supportive and our main focus was to attract Scottish financing,” said McDonnall.

Ireland has a great history of stories about the banshee and those kind of imaginary, mythic figures that exist within the natural world. This Irish spin was the inspiration that brought the script to life,

“We just decided to work on those kind of themes based on the knowledge that there is an audience there who want to watch them. Our interest is in thrillers and that will be consistent going forward.

“We’re already in the postproduction stage with these two films and we’ve several projects in the pipeline already. The recession that we’re hearing about is a worldwide phenomena and its more difficult to raise money for any film than it was a couple of years ago but then it was harder a couple of years before that,” says McDonnall.

“It’s getting increasingly difficult to raise money for films in Ireland but I think its down to the tenacity of the people involved to have faith in there project and keep going. "Wake Wood" and "Outcast" will represent two new important Irish supernatural thrillers and obviously we’ll be looking to the U.S. audience for releases later in the year.”

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