Jericho Ridge and Double Blind will both be shown as part of the Galway Film Fleadh.


Via RTÉ – an action-packed thriller with strong Irish links is set to have its European premiere at the 35th Galway Film Fleadh on Friday. Jericho Ridge is set in a remote mountain town in North Washington state, which has been ravaged by unemployment and drug addiction.

It follows small-town Deputy Sheriff Tabitha ‘Tabby’ Temple (Nikki Amuka Bird) who is called back from injury leave to cover the dispatch radio for the night. The station soon comes under attack, and Temple and her son Monty face a desperate fight for survival. Actor Zack Morris, who starred for five years as Keegan Butcher-Baker in Eastenders, plays Monty, in what is his first foray into film.

Irish talent is at the heart of this project, with one of the film’s producers, Mark O’Sullivan, hailing from Buncrana, Donegal. Director of Photography Ruairí O’Brien ISC BSC is from Dublin and is well known for his work on television dramas including Vigil, The Fall, and Line of Duty.

This is British screenwriter’s Will Gilbey first feature film as writer and director. The BAFTA-winning editor promises that this movie contains “no respite – just 80 mins of breathless, adrenaline-pumping cinema.” He also says that it is “a highly emotional story about parenthood, trust, isolation and our inability to communicate with the people we love the most.”

Director/Writer: Will Gilbey
Producers: Harvey Ascott, Alex Tate, Mark O’Sullivan
Cast: Nikki Amuka-Bird, Zack Morris, Philipp Christopher, Michael Socha, Chris Reilly, Solly McLeod, Simon Kunz, Trim Ademi, Zachary Hart, Aidan Kelly, Olivia Chenery
DOP: Ruairí O’Brien ISC BSC

Double Blind is produced by Simon James Doyle for Failsafe Films. Executive producers are Emma Scott and Dearbhla Regan for Fís Eireann/Screen Ireland, Patrick Ewald and Katie Page for Epic Pictures and Patrick O’Neill for Wildcard Distribution.

Fall asleep and you die. Seven strangers enroll in a seemingly routine drug trial at a pharmaceutical facility, but soon discover an unexpected side effect – they are unable to fall asleep. Concerned for her patients’ safety, the supervising doctor advises the pharmaceutical representatives to stop the trial, though they are more interested in the drug’s potential on the market than the safety of some “lab rats”.

As the drug’s effects finally begin to diminish and the participants grow tired, they realise that if they fall asleep, they will die. Chaos ensues when the facility suddenly goes into lockdown, and the participants must fight to stay awake for another 24 hours, after already being awake for almost five days straight.

Director: Ian Hunt-Duffy
Writer: Darach McGarrigle
Producer: Simon Doyle
Cast: Pollyanna McIntosh, Millie Brady, Abby Fitz, Shonagh Marie, Diarmuid Noeyes, Brenock O’Connor, Frank Blake, Akshay Kumar
DOP: Narayan Van Maele