WILD FIRE Nights, a new short film shot in Galway city and county is in post-production and is due to hit festival screens this summer. It is also the directorial debut of Moycullen actor Emma Eliza Regan, who also wrote the film, and plays its lead character Lila.
Sensitively dealing with the issues of unemployment and lack of abortion rights in Ireland, the film centres on Lila, a rudderless and jobless millennial, caught in a destructive whirl of late nights – until an alarming discovery forces her to face the consequences of her actions. The film was shot in The Claddagh, the Róisín Dubh, the g Hotel, Moycullen, and the Aran Islands.
Wild Fire Nights boasts an impressive cast with Gerard McSorley, who has worked with Neil Jordon, Ridley Scott, Jim Sheridan, Joel Schumarker, and Martin Scorsese; Galway born, IFTA award winning actor, Dara Devaney (An Klondike ); David Murray (Amber, The Guarantee ) and James Browne, who will also star in the film Maze, which receives its premiere at next month's Galway Film Fleadh.
Emma has previously appeared in the thriller Ouija: The Insidious Evil (2016 ); as a teenage sharpshooter in Darkness On The Edge Of Town (2015 ), as well as Love Eternal, Get Up and Go, Fading Away, The Fading Light, and Death Of A Superhero. Speaking of her first time directing, Emma said: "It was completely different, but you just roll up your sleeves and get it done - the most challenging part of it having to be responsible for all the different aspects, everything from discussing equipment and lenses, the production side of things, making calls for the insurance, and then switching into playing a character with no direction,who can't even get herself up in the morning. It was a totally different gameball, but it was more rewarding. It was a tiny and tight crew, and we all just worked really hard as a team. It's a long process."
Music for the film was composed by the BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated Ilan Eskheri (Young Victoria ) with Irish talent Liam Ó Maonlai, The Lost Brothers and Iarlaith Forkin. The editor is Ronnie Quinlan (Jack Taylor: In Purgatory ); production design was by IFTA nominated Steve Kingston; while Galway native Stephen Molloy (Ros Na Run ) was on sound.