Irish feature film ‘Stella Days’, the latest from 'Into the Storm' award winning director Thaddeus O'Sullivan, will be distributed by Eclipse Pictures across cinemas nationwide from today.
‘Stella Days’ is set in the rural community of mid 1950’s Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary on the cusp of the modern era with the introduction of rural electrification. The film recently received nominations across the board at the 9th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards 2012, including nominations for Best Film, Best Director - Thaddeus O’Sullivan and Best Script - Antoine O’ Flatharta. Production Designer Anna Rackard walked away with an IFTA on the night.
Story follows Daniel Barry, played by the distinguished Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now, The Way) is the parish priest whose love is the church and whose passion is cinema, who feels like the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time. When forced by his Bishop to start a big fund-raising campaign for a new church, he attempts to reconcile his passion for film with his duty to the Church through the creation of the Stella Cinema. The community is torn between both the excitement and apprehension of modern times, whilst relationships falter and flourish in the quest for real love.
Starring alongside Sheen is the accomplished Stephen Rea (V for Vendetta, Ondine), Trystan Gravelle and Tom Hickey, with memorable performances from Marcella Plunkett (Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne, Once) and Amy Huberman (Rewind) who were both nominated at the IFTAs for their roles in the film.
Produced by Jackie Larkin and Lesley McKimm for Newgrange Pictures, ‘Stella Days’ was shot in Fethard, County Tipperary.