The Dig wraps principal photography
by Davide Abbatescianni
- Moe Dunford, Emily Taaffe, Lorcan Cranitch and Francis Magee are among the cast of the debut feature by the Tohill brothers
After five weeks of intense shooting sessions in Northern Ireland, The Dig wrapped at the end of December and is now entering post-production.
Ryan and Andrew Tohill have chosen to film a feature-length thriller for their directorial debut, supported by an exceptional cast, which includes well-known Irish actors such as Moe Dunford (Vikings, Handsome Devil [+see also:
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film profile], Rome). The protagonist of the story is Ronan Callahan (Dunford), a murderer who gets released from prison after 15 years and returns to his hometown to help the victim's father (Cranitch) to find both closure and the corpse.
The script, penned entirely by Stuart Drennan, benefited from Northern Ireland Screen's New Talent Focus scheme, granted by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Produced by Louise Gallagher and Brian J Falconer, winner of the BAFTA Film Award for his short Boogaloo and Graham in 2014, The Dig gathered additional funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund and Belfast-based post-production company Yellowmoon. Finally, the crew is enriched by the presence of director of photography Angus Mitchell (The Good Man), editor Helen Sheridan (The Lodge, Game of Thrones) and production designer Ashleigh Jeffers (The Frankenstein Chronicles).
Falconer has recently commented on the post-production phase, which got under way earlier this year: “We are going to be delivering the project hopefully by the end of March, so we are currently in the offline edit, and we have an incredible editor by the name of Helen Sheridan. She hasn’t had any weekends off at all, because we assembled the project as we went along, which was brilliant because it meant we could make sure that we weren’t missing anything.” The Falconer-Tohill brothers partnership is proving to be a successful one once more, after their first experience on set with the short film Insulin, released in 2015.
The Dig is being produced by British firm Out of Orbit and will be ready for a theatrical release later this year.
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