6 December 2023 The Irish Film & Television Network
Principal photography begins in Ireland on Ian Hunt Duffy's feature debut Double Blind
20 Apr 2022 : Nathan Griffin
British actress Millie Brady and horror icon Pollyanna McIntosh.
Los Angeles-based indie genre production company Epic Pictures Group and Irish production company Failsafe films have begun shooting their upcoming horror-thriller in Ireland this month.

Double Blind will star British actress Millie Brady (The Last KingdomThe Queen’s GambitRoadkill) alongside horror icon Pollyanna McIntosh, who can most recently be seen recurring in the hit Netflix series Vikings: Valhalla. McIntosh is best known for her role as Jadis on The Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond and as the lead in Lucky McKee’s cult horror The Woman, as well as for her acclaimed feature directorial debut Darlin’, which she also starred in.

Epic Pictures Group will launch worldwide sales on the film at the upcoming Marché du Film at the Cannes Film Festival next month.  Wildcard Distribution will be handling the theatrical release in Ireland. 

“Epic is thrilled to continue our partnership with Screen Ireland and bring Ian’s first feature film to the market. We have been working with Simon and Failsafe to develop a compelling and commercial script for buyers and are excited to see it come to life with Pollyanna and Millie as stars,” said Epic Pictures Group CEO Patrick Ewald. 

The horror-thriller follows seven strangers taking part in a paid drug trial that become trapped in the lab after the side effects of the study escalate the situation into a nightmarish scenario - if they fall asleep, they die. Brenock O'Connor (Game of Thrones), Abby Fitz (The Cellar), Shonagh Marie, Diarmuid Noyes, Frank Blake, and actor Akshay Kumar round out the cast. 

Double Blind is written by Darach McGarrigle and marks the feature directorial debut for Ian Hunt-Duffy who, along with producer Simon Doyle, run the Dublin-based production company ​​Failsafe Films.

“I’m delighted to be shooting Double Blind with the support of Epic and Screen Ireland,” said director Ian Hunt-Duffy. “As a filmmaker I am deeply passionate about creating original, suspenseful, and intelligent genre cinema, and I believe that the hook of our story — fall asleep and you die — is so evocative and memorable.”

“It takes something ordinary and innocent and makes it deadly,” added Duffy. “We have a fantastic ensemble cast led by Millie Brady and horror icon Pollyanna McIntosh, so I cannot wait for audiences to experience the tension, claustrophobia, and dread that we have in store.”

The film is the latest in a string of celebrated and successful Irish co-productions Epic Pictures Group has been a part of. Notable titles include the recent SXSW Midnighter The Cellar, starring Elisha Cuthbert, critically acclaimed ghost comedy Extra Ordinary, starring Will Forte and comedian Maeve Higgins, and Neasa Hardiman’s feature directorial debut Sea Fever, starring Connie Nielsen, Hermione Corfield, and Dougray Scott. 

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