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Exclusive: John Michael McDonagh Confirms ‘Calvary’ Production Date
23 Aug 2012 : By Steve Cummins
John Michael McDonagh
Irish director and writer John Michael McDonagh has set a September 24 production date for his much-anticipated second feature ‘Calvary’.

McDonagh will be reunited with Brendan Gleeson for his first film since last year’s hugely successful feature ‘The Guard’ with ‘Calvary’ set to shoot in Ireland over five weeks on the east and west coast.

Speaking to IFTN, producer Chris Clark of Reprisal Films said that both he and McDonagh are “really excited to be back" filming in Ireland.

He added: “‘The Guard’ was a great experience and it’s fantastic to be back for Calvary. John Michael McDonagh has written another brilliant screenplay and we've got a great cast attached, along with an another outstanding crew. We can’t wait to start shooting, to be honest.”

Clark confirmed that the shoot will feature “a large ensemble Irish cast” with Elaine Cassidy (The Others), Domhnall Gleeson (Shadow Dancer), Pat Shortt (The Guard), Fiona O'Shaughnessy (Alexander) and David McSavage (The Savage Eye) among the latest names attached to the project.

Other cast previously announced for the feature include Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids), Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, Love/Hate), Isaach De Bankolé (24) and David Wilmot (The Guard)

‘Calvary’ is a dark comedy that follows priest Father James Lavelle (Gleeson) who is tormented by various members of his Sligo parish.

The production will spend three weeks shooting on the west coast in-and-around Sligo town and county. It will then move to the east coast for a further two weeks. 'The Guard' cinematographer Larry Smith will return to work with John Michael McDonagh as director of photography.

Confirmed Irish crew include costume designer Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh and production designer Mark Geraghty. Morna Ferguson is expected to head up the make-up department while Orla Carrol is expected to serve as chief hair stylist.

As with ‘The Guard’, IFTA-winner McDonagh will direct the €5million Reprisal and Octagon Films co-production from his own script.

Clark and Flora Fernandez-Marengo will produce for Reprisal alongside James Flynn of Octagon. Elizabeth Eves will co-produce.

The feature has received support from the Irish Film Board with McDonagh and Octagon Films offered a €975,000 production loan in the last round of IFB funding.

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