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'Aithrí/Penance' to Premiere on TG4 on Easter Saturday
11 Apr 2019 : News Desk
Aithrí/Penance
The Irish language feature film from Derry-based filmmaker Tom Collins ('Kings', 'An Bronntanas') will have its television premiere on TG4 this Easter.

'Aithrí/Penance' is a period thriller set around The Easter Rising. Fire-brand Father Eoin O’Donnell (Peter Coonan) is convinced that only violence will force Britain out of Ireland. He influences young, impressionable Atain óg to fight in the lead up to the 1916 Rising. The two meet again in 1969, re-examining the roles they shared and the consequences of their actions.

Filmed in Ramelton, Co. Donegal and Derry City, 'Aithrí/Penance' was produced by Derry-based DeFacto Films and Edwina Forkin’s, Zanzibar Films. Director Tom Collins also produced the feature film which was co-written with Greg Ó Braonáin.

Edwina Forkin of Zanzibar Films said:

 “Great to see Tom Collins’ epic film ‘Aithrí/Penance’ come to life. We are indebted to the people of Donegal and Derry who worked with us to bring this story to screen and provided the amazing backdrop to this wonderful script. Thanks to our financiers and wonderful cast  and crew for their commitment and support.”

Peter Coonan (‘Love/Hate’) leads an impressive cast includes Barry Barnes (‘Michael Collins’), prolific stage-actor Barry McGovern (‘The General’), Gerard McSorley (‘Veronica Guerin’), Mimi Carroll (‘An Klondike’), Terry Byrne (‘Game of Thrones’). Tony Devlin (‘Hart’s War’) and Dara Devaney (‘Float Like a Butterfly’) also star, alongside rising star Diona Doherty (‘Derry Girls’) and newcomer Padhraig Parkinson as Atain óg.

Commenting on the television premiere of ‘Aithrí/Penance’ TG4 Commissioning Editor, Máire Ní Chonláin stated:

 “TG4 is delighted to be screening the TV premiere of ‘Aithrí’ this Easter. This was a very ambitious project, with a wonderful cast and crew. Taking inspiration from Ireland’s challenging history and giving stories a contemporary twist has always been part of TG4’s ‘Súil Eile’, or alternative view on Irish life and this gripping film achieves that admirably”.

Screen Ireland, Chief Executive James Hickey added:

“Investment and support for Irish language content is a key part of Screen Ireland’s slate and we hope TG4 audiences enjoy this film from award-winning Derry filmmaker Tom Collins.”

Áine Walsh, Head of Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language Broadcast Fund said:

“Following screenings at film festivals in London, Chicago, and Galway I am pleased that TG4 viewers will now get the opportunity to enjoy ‘Aithrí’, an ambitious period thriller with a great cast.  Irish language drama production is always challenging, even more so when multiple locations and time periods are involved, as in this project. Northern Ireland Screen and the ILBF were delighted to support the development and production of this film alongside our partners.”

Michael O’Keeffe, BAI Chief Executive, said:

“Aithrí has been well received by cinema and festival audiences alike and we are very pleased that it will now be enjoyed by TG4 viewers over the Easter weekend. The BAI has provided funding support for this feature length drama under Sound & Vision, a BAI Broadcasting Funding Scheme.”

'Aithrí/Penance' will be on TG4 on Easter Sunday, 20th April, at 8.55 pm.




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