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Shane Collins' Debut Feature Film 'Dub Daze' Set for Dublin Premiere
18 Feb 2019 : News Desk
The self-financed feature film has been selected to premiere at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival on 23rd February in Cineworld.

Written and directed by Irish filmmaker Shane J. Collins, ‘Dub Daze’ is a coming-of-age collection of stories set in the north, south, and centre of Dublin city. We get to meet Dan and Baz, two friends who are looking for kicks on their last day of school. Cork medical students Jack and Seán arrive in the capital to find their way amongst Ireland’s affluent youth, while songwriter Fi struggles to break through on the cut-throat Dublin music scene.

Speaking about the film, Irish Director Shane Collins told IFTN:

“Having grown up on both sides of the City, I set out to take a raw and honest look at youth in not just Dublin but around the country. The film explores the different perspectives of Irish youth living in Ireland with classic themes of music, friendship and love re-examined to reflect an updated perspective of modern Dublin. I found passion and inspiration when writing from some of Dublin’s best films including Adam & Paul, Intermission, Kisses, The Commitments, and The Last of the High Kings.”

“I love the creative craft of storytelling and I have great passion and pride for my Irish culture. Dublin is such a cultural city filled with so many writers and musicians, the fact that I was lucky enough to make my first feature in my home town and have it premiere at the Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) is a dream come true. It makes the 19 months of work and effort put in by all the actors, musicians, filmmakers and fellow Dubliners immensely gratifying as their faith in our small film has been justified.”

Having attended both DIT and IADT, the film is a product of Collins’ education and a place where he got to know many of the 44 actors, producing 13 short films over 7 years.

“The rapid growth and continued success of our Irish film industry is a testament to how we can continue to prosper internationally when we invest time, energy and finance into the creative arts and our Irish education system. ‘Dub Daze’, I hope in some small way can be an illustration of this.”

The film features a cast of Jack Hudson (‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Vivarium’), Mark Lawrence (‘Don’t Leave Home’), Sam Lucas Smith (‘Imperfect Sky’), Leah Moore, Ethan Dillon, Shane Robinson, Nigel Brennan and John Delaney. 

Filming took place over 10 months with a further nine months being spent in post-production, while the film features a cast of 44 new acting talents from The Gaiety, Bow Street, The Lir and DIT.  

The film's soundtrack features a number of upcoming Irish musicians including Brame & Hamo, Bantum, Laurie Shaw, Majestic Bears, Makings, Noel O'Brien, Indian, Rhob Cunningham, Sammy Dozens and This Side Up. The film's photography was taken by Jim Fuller aka “Dirty Dublin” and the official poster is being developed by street artists Subset.

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