Follow-up may keep Hall from Edinburgh


Irish director Tom Hall may have to miss the world premiere of his first feature film, Wide Open Spaces, at the Edinburgh festival next weekend because he will be busy shooting his second movie, Sensation. A comedy written by Arthur Matthews ( Father Ted), Wide Open Spacesstars Ardal O’Hanlon and Ewan Bremner as slackers working on a Famine theme park.

One of the trio behind Bachelors Walk, Hall wrote the screenplay for Sensation, which began shooting in Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow, last week. The film is described as “a darkly comic love story that starts out as a story of lust”.

Tony-award nominee Domhnall Gleeson plays a randy young farmer with New Zealand actress Luanne Gordon as an ageing Antipodean escort. “They begin as client and call-girl, evolve into lovers and finally business partners,” according to the synopsis. “What starts as a soulless contract develops into a bittersweet love story.”

Katie Holly and director Kieron J Walsh of Bl!nder Films are producing Sensation, an Irish-Dutch co-production backed by the Irish Film Board, the Rotterdam Film Fund, Screenscene and Section 481 financing.

This is the second Bl!nder movie to go into production this year, following Conor Horgan’s One Hundred Mornings, a drama in which two couples hide in a remote holiday home to escape the breakdown of society.