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The Winter Lake to have World Premiere at Galway Film Fleadh on July 10th
26 Jun 2020 : Nathan Griffin
The Winter Lake
Phil Sheerin’s debut feature film, The Winter Lake, will have its World Premiere at the virtual edition of the Galway Film Fleadh on Friday July 10th at 9pm.

Tickets are limited and are available now for purchase on the Galway Film Fleadh website.

A dark and atmospheric coming-of-age drama, The Winter Lake was shot on location in Sligo in 2019.  The cast is led by two 'Screen Stars of Tomorrow' for 2019; Emma Mackey (Sex Education, Eiffel, Death on the Nile), and Anson Boon (Blackbird, 1917). They are joined by Irish stars Charlie Murphy (Peaky Blinders, Halo) and Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones, Chernobyl). The film is co-production between Tailored Films and EMA Films.

The film centres on alienated teenager Tom, and his troubled mother Elaine, who relocate to a run-down inherited farm in rural Ireland.  There, Tom makes a frightening discovery in a nearby seasonal lake.  The consequences of this discovery draw the uneasy duo into contact with their neighbour, Ward, and his charismatic but secretive daughter Holly.  As Elaine makes tentative steps toward forming a relationship with Ward, Holly draws Tom into a dangerous plan.  The four characters' conflicting fears, desires, wills, and weaknesses become entwined and build to a violent climax, as a dark story of family, secrecy, and sexuality is played out against the bleakly beautiful countryside.

Irish director Phil Sheerin is a graduate of the prestigious Masters in directing course from the National Film and Television School in the UK.  His short films have won awards at the Galway Film Fleadh (Best Film for North in 2015), Raindance, Aubagne, and he was nominated for a Student Academy Award. The Winter Lake was written by David Turpin, who wrote the award-winning film The Lodgers, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017 and was also produced by Tailored Films.

The Winter Lake is an official Irish/Canadian co-production between Tailored Films and EMA Films and will have a theatrical release in late 2020.  The film was funded by Screen Ireland, Epic Pictures Group, Wrap Fund, Telefilm Canada, Filmoption International, and the BAI, with the support of Creative Europe, and in association with Title Media, Creativity Capital and RTÉ.

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