Brian O’Malley takes on The Lodgers
by Naman Ramachandran
- Noted musician and literature professor David Turpin makes writing debut
Director Brian O’Malley will shoot on location in Wexford over the next few weeks for The Lodger. The film marks the screenplay debut of eminent musician and gothic literature expert David Turpin. Set in 1920s rural Ireland during its War of Independence, the film tells the story of a pair of Anglo Irish twins who are just about to turn 18. They reside in a crumbling manor on the edge of a village, where they have lived alone since their parents' untimely death. Except, they are not entirely alone, for they share the house with an unseen spiritual force that resides in the basement, known only as the Lodgers. The twins must live by very strict rules set out by the Lodgers, or face devastating punishments.
The cast includes Deirdre O’Kane who won Best Actress at the 2015 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs) for Noble; Moe Dunford, who was Ireland’s EFP Shooting Star at the 2015 Berlinale, and won Best Actor at the IFTAs and ECU European Independent Film Festival for Patrick’s Day [+see also:
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O’Malley won the BAFTA/LA Award for Excellence - Honourable Mention at the Aspen Shortsfest for his 2004 short Screwback. His feature debut Let Us Prey was a selection at the 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival and was nominated for the International Fantasy Film Award at Fantasporto.
O’Malley said, “I am really delighted with the talented cast we have on board. I think they will do a phenomenal job of bringing this world to life and translating the story to audiences in a really emotional way.”
The film will be almost entirely shot in Wexford’s famous haunted house Loftus Hall, celebrating its 666th birthday this year. The location’s owner Aidan Quigley said, “Loftus Hall is an incredibly atmospheric and cinematic location and we have long considered it to be an ideal choice for a fictional ghost story. We are delighted that it has been chosen as the primary location for this elegant gothic horror and we can't wait to see the final result.”