24 September 2020 The Irish Film & Television Network
NI Feature ‘Bad Day for the Cut’ Joins Sundance Line-Up
06 Dec 2016 : Katie McNeice
The debut feature from Northern Ireland Director/Co-Writer Chris Baugh (Boys from County Hell) and Producer/Co-Writer Brendan Mullin of Six Mile Hill will screen in the Midnight stream at the Sundance Film Festival.

‘Bad Day for the Cut’ joins ‘It’s Not Yet Dark’ (Frankie Fenton) and ‘In Loco Parentis’ (David Rane & Neasa Ní Chianáin) in the Irish line-up, which have been selected for the World Cinema Documentary Competition.

The thriller stars Nigel O’Neill (The Secret) as Donal, a middle-aged Irish farmer still living with his mother. When she is murdered his quiet live is upheaved as he sets off for Belfast in pursuit of revenge.

Susan Lynch (Happy Valley, Monroe), Stuart Graham (The Frankenstein Chronicles) and rising stars Jozef Pawłowski (Jack Strong) and Anna Próchniak (Warsaw 44) also star.

Baugh and Mullin previously collaborated on ‘Boys from County Hell’ which was awarded the title of Best Irish Short at the Kerry Film Festival in 2012. Their most recent short ‘The Captors’ was selected as part of the Northern Ireland Screen and BFI Shorts to Features Programme.

'Bad Day for the Cut' filmed entirely in Northern Ireland with funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI. XYZ Films is handling North American sales and will be presenting the film to distributors at the festival.

Chris Baugh, Director/Co-Writer:
“For an independent filmmaker, the Sundance Film Festival has an almost mythical status, so going out there with our first movie is incredibly exciting. It’s also a testament to our amazingly skilled collaborators, both in front of and behind the camera.”

Brendan Mullin, Producer/Co-Writer:
“We would like to thank our amazingly talented cast and crew and everyone who helped bring Bad Day for the Cut to the screen and also a special thanks to Northern Ireland Screen for giving us the opportunity to realise our debut feature. It is an incredible privilege to have the world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.”

Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen:
“We've known for a long time that Chris and Brendan were talented - we could see it in early projects like Boys from County Hell, now the industry is going to find out too. It’s extremely exciting and well deserved that an A-list festival such as the Sundance Film Festival has chosen to champion their debut feature Bad Day for the Cut. It is also a brilliant validation of our New Talent Focus Scheme which supported the film. The Midnight Screening audience at the Sundance Film Festival is in for a real treat.”

‘Bad Day for the Cut’ was developed through Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus scheme with Lottery funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Previous titles from the scheme to premiere at an international festival include ‘The Survivalist’ from IFTA Rising Star Winner Stephen Fingleton, which screened for the first time at Tribeca. Fingleton was additionally BAFTA-nominated for an Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer and won a BIFA award for Best Debut Director

'A Patch of Fog', the feature directorial debut from Michael Lennox, who won a BAFTA and was Oscar nominated for short film 'Boogaloo & Graham', premiered at TIFF in 2015 with the scriptwriters Michael McCartney and John Cairns nominated for BIFA Best Debut Screenwriter in 2016.

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