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Frank Berry's Aisha starring Letitia Wright and Josh O'Connor releases in Irish cinemas
18 Nov 2022 : News Desk
Letitia Wright and Josh O’Connor in Aisha.
IFTA winning director Frank Berry returns to Irish cinemas with his new Direct Provision drama Aisha, following his critically acclaimed 2017 true-life prison drama Michael Inside, which won Best Film at the IFTA Film & Drama Awards.

The Sky Original film made its European premiere at London Film Festival in October. Immensely moving and thoughtful, Aisha stars BAFTA Rising Star Letitia Wright (Black Panther) in the title role, alongside Emmy award-winner Josh O’Connor (The Crown) as Conor Healy.

Written and directed by Frank Berry, Aisha (Wright), a young Nigerian woman seeking asylum in Ireland, is floundering in a maze of social services and bureaucracy. Alone and unwilling to sacrifice her dignity to satisfy the demands of the authorities, she finds an ally in Conor (O’Connor), an employee at her residence home, a local young man with a troubled past of his own. Together they struggle to maintain their tender friendship in the face of Aisha’s increasingly dire predicament and her rapidly diminishing options.

Variety believes that Wright “delivers her most moving performance yet,” with Aisha’s sorrows “reflected in her eyes and etched on her face in one scene after another”.

Aisha follows Berry’s 2018 IFTA Best Film-winning drama Michael Inside and sees the continued collaboration between the Irish director and Subotica Production (Michael Inside) with Tristan Orpen Lynch, Aoife O'Sullivan, and Donna Eperon producing. Park Pictures’ Sam Bisbee (Truffle Hunters) will also produce. 

The film was developed and financed by Screen Ireland, BBC Film, RTE and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland in association with Park Pictures, Wavelength, and World of Ha Productions. 

The executive producers are Hallee Adelman, Ivy Herman, Jenifer Westphal, Joe Plummer, Lance Acord, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Wendy Neu, William Byerley, George Rush, Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder. Rose Garnett is executive producer for BBC Film and Celine Haddad is executive producer for Screen Ireland.

Aisha is available in cinemas and on Sky Cinema on November 17th, 2022. 

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