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PRODUCTION Ireland

Fitzgerald makes Sense of Things

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Acclaimed US filmmaker Thom Fitzgerald (The Hanging Garden) will direct Irish/Canadian co-production The Sense of Things. Irish company Samson Films will co-produce with Canadian firm Eagle Vision.

Irish writer Jackie Mills is adapting Allison Dye’s novel for the screen. The film traces a young woman’s journey from being emotionally alone to keen self-awareness.

Samson’s David Collins (Once [+see also:
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) will produce in collaboration with Eagle’s Kyle Irving.

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Irving said, “We spent over a year looking at directors to ensure The Sense of Things is as visually appealing as the script is enticing, When we found Thom, the search was over. He was the guy. He understood everything we are hoping to accomplish with the script from moment one. Thom directing ensures the film will an audience favourite.”

Collins said, “The Sense of Things has been a passion project for Samson Films for some years now. It presents an utterly fresh and compelling view of the world which is, at times funny, sad and surreal and yet always compassionate.”

Fitzgerald added, “The Sense of Things is a rare script that evokes a real tenderness in our ordinary, harsh world. I was completely taken in by the central character of Joanie and her life in Louie’s boisterous Italian pastry shop, which is in a neighbourhood going through rough times. The script has the most complicated, dazzling characters I’ve read. Plus, I went to Dublin and met this amazing creative team behind it all.”

The script was developed with the Irish Film Board and Manitoba Film and Sound backing and production is scheduled to begin in Canada in summer 2009.

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