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Antonia Campbell-Hughes stars in Black Medicine, currently filming in Northern Ireland

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- Writer-director Colum Eastwood’s new movie is the 11th film backed by Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus scheme

Antonia Campbell-Hughes stars in Black Medicine, currently filming in Northern Ireland
Actress Antonia Campbell-Hughes

Production has commenced on the thriller Black Medicine. Written and directed by Colum Eastwood, the movie’s shoot will take place in Northern Ireland for three weeks. The director’s first feature has been developed under the aegis of Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus scheme. The film is being financed by Northern Ireland Screen and post-production house Yellowmoon.

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The fast-paced thriller is the first feature produced by Janine Cobain. With a background in business and finance, she has previously produced shorts funded by Northern Ireland Screen, RTE and the BBC. 23ten’s Martin Brennan is executive-producing.

In Black Medicine, Jo is a medic who carries out illegal operations for the criminal underworld. She is placed in a dilemma when she has to give refuge to a young girl and must choose between breaking her medical oath and incurring the wrath of her criminal employers.

Northern Irish star Antonia Campbell-Hughes (The Other Side of Sleep [+see also:
trailer
interview: Antonia Campbell-Huges
film profile
]
) plays Jo. The film also stars Orla Brady (American Horror Story), Amybeth McNulty (Anne with an E), John Connors (Cardboard Gangsters [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
) and Lalor Roddy (Grabbers [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
). 

Black Medicine is London Film School graduate Eastwood’s first feature. His short Here was awarded Best Student Short Film at the Palm Springs ShortFest in 2014. His most recent short, the supernatural horror The Morrigan, played at the London Short Film Festival.

Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus scheme aims to deliver one debut feature by a Northern Ireland-resident creative team (writer, director and producer) each year. Other films to have come through the New Talent Focus scheme include Shelly Love’s A Bump Along the Way [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Shelly Love
film profile
]
, Ryan and Andrew Tohill’s The Dig [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, and Michael Lennox’s A Patch of Fog [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
.

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