“I love the Irish and I loved sounding like one too. I threw myself into that accent with complete abandon,” she says.
“My family couldn’t wait until I wrapped the movie because they had to listen to it for months. But it was a very lovely example of cultures getting together to make this film.”
For the most part "A Shine of Rainbows" progresses at a slow and thoughtful pace, like the life on the island itself. And director Sarin fills the islander’s days with the kind of period detail that makes the film much more than a typical Irish yarn. There’s an art house feel to the whole enterprise that makes it much more than the saccharine fest you might anticipate.
“It’s a great story and something my kids would love,” Quinn told the press. “It was an opportunity to work with Connie again and also a opportunity to work in Ireland again.
“I’ve been really lucky; a good batting average is that you like one out of every three films you like. I like every Irish film I’ve made to date, and I’m delighted to be able to say that. For it all to come together like this makes me feel very blessed.”
The opportunity to work in a Donegal dialect was tempting too. Quinn spent days knocking around the Inishowen Peninsula and saying “No bother!” in a flawless northern accent.
“It’s been terrific working up here and I think that more films and filmmakers should. The scenery and the people are just knockout. It’s been a dream for all of us,” he says.
First and foremost "A Shine of Rainbows" is a story about the transformational power of love, which is a lesson that’s worth learning and relearning at any age. It’s also about finding love and acceptance, and realizing that the power to change resides inside of us as well as outside.
"A Shine of Rainbows" will be released on DVD in July.