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Element Distribution Acquires Andy and Ryan Tohill's Debut Feature 'The Dig'
26 Mar 2019 : News Desk
Moe Dunford in 'The Dig'
Element Distribution will release ‘The Dig’ in select Irish cinemas on April 26th.

In 2018, the film won Best Irish Feature at the 30th Galway Film Fleadh, it was nominated for the Discovery Award at the British Independent Film Awards and screened at the prestigious Canadian film festival TIFF.

After serving fifteen years for murder, Callahan (Dunford) returns home to find Sean, his victim’s grieving father, searching for the body on an endless bog. When Callahan asks the local police officer to remove the man from his land, he soon realizes that the police and community want the killer in their midst gone for good. With no memory of the murder and no way of stopping Sean, Callahan’s only option is to join The Dig. Sean’s disapproving daughter Roberta watches this uneasy alliance unfold and as they dig closer to the truth, Callahan hopes he will soon find the closure he has been searching for.

The film boasts a strong Irish cast led by Moe Dunford (‘Rosie’, ‘Black 47’, ‘Handsome Devil’), Lorcan Cranitch (‘Les Misérables’, ‘Love Rosie’, ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’), Emily Taaffe (‘War & Peace’, ‘Beast’, ‘Little Bird’) and Francis Magee (‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Jimmy’s Hall’, ‘Justice League’). 

Speaking about the news of the acquisition, directors Andy and Ryan Tohill said:

Our dedicated cast and crew endured winter wind and rain, on the bogland of Antrim for three weeks of creative chaos. It is the relentless passion and professionalism of that team, who forged this film into existence. Now that Element Picture Distribution has joined us on the journey, we are humbled and thrilled to share The Dig with audiences across Ireland.”

The screenplay was written by Belfast native Stuart Drennan and developed through Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus scheme with Lottery funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. ‘The Dig’ was shot entirely in Northern Ireland with funding from Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and from post-production house, Yellow Moon.

 Element Distribution will release ‘The Dig’ in Irish cinemas on April 26th.

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