Cinema Reviews: One Hundred Mornings

WHAT HAPPENS when society suddenly collapses and neighbour turns against neighbour during a desperate fight for survival?

A new Irish film, One Hundred Mornings, attempts to answer this question with the result being a film filled with ever increasing suspence and a deep insight into human nature pushed to the brink.

With an release date nationwide of May 6, One Hundred Mornings, written and directed by Conor Hogan, could be considered one of the best Irish dramas in quite some time.

This post-apocalyptic drama focuses on two seemingly normal Irish couples as they struggle to stay alive in extroadinary, yet potentially dangerous, circumstances.

Holed up in a picturesque cabin near Dublin, the rural setting is beautifully shot, yet at the same time claustrophoabic as two couples must try to survive on dwindling supplies and somehow dispel their feelings of mistrust and jealousy. We are fed snippets of information telling us that all is not right with the world outside the cabin - the electricity is gone, the radio is silent, food is scarce even in the local village where not even the local gardai can be trusted. Everyone is fighting for survival and the foursome must protect their supplies and lives, even against former friends.

As the months go by and the situation becomes even more desperate the film explores how the cracks begin to form in their relationships. Poorly equipped to cope in a world without technology, the main characters face critical decisions they thought they would never have to make.

Boasting a fantastic showcase of talent - starring Kelly Campbell (Bachelor’s Walk, Sensation ), Rory Keenan (Zonad, Intermission ), Alex Reid (Misfits ), and Ciaran McMenamin (Primeval, The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce ) - the film has been applauded worldwide since its premiere at The Galway Film Fleadh in 2009.

At the renowned Slamdance Film Festival it received a Special Jury Mention for Narrative Fiction, and won the Workbook Project Discovery and Distribution Award.

The San Francisco Irish Film Festival awarded Best Director to Conor Horgan. Rave endorsements have also come from The New York Times, The Irish Times, LA Weekly, Filmmaker Magazine, and the Village Voice.

In Ireland, it was awarded Best Cinematography at IFTA 2010. The film was produced by Katie Holly at Bl!nder Films as part of the Project Catalyst and the must anticipated Irish release is supported by the Irish Film Board.

One Hundred Mornings will be screened at the Eye Cinema in Wellpark, from tomorrow and on Tuesday May 10, the film’s director Conor Horgan,will be in attendance to engage in a Q&A with the audience.

As the director screenings are very popular, early booking and arrival is advised. For booking see www.eyecinema.ie or call 091 - 780078.

Verdict: 4/5

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