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Letterkenny screening for locally made film

Declan Magee

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Declan Magee

Letterkenny screening for locally made film

Sarah Louise Carney in 'Night People'.

A film by a Letterkenny director which was almost entirely filmed in Letterkenny and Donegal is to get its first screening in the town tonight.

Night People, which was written and directed by Gerard Lough, will be screened at the Regional Cultural Centre at 8pm.
The feature film was made with a local cast and crew and was shot at Donegal locations that included Fanad Lighthouse, Ardara, Grianan of Aileach, Barnesmore Gap and at Voodoo nightclub and Century Cinemas in Letterkenny.
The film stars local actors include Aidan O' Sullivan, John D.Ruddy, Kieran Kelly, Michael McLaughlin, Geraldine Foy and Derek O' Sullivan.
The film ,which was self-financed by the director, premiered at the Horrorthon film festival in Dublin's Irish Film Institute last October, and although it has had screenings in Lifford and Buncrana, the director says he is delighted to be screening the film ”in the town were it was born”.
There will be a question and answer session with the director after the screening of the film.
Mr Lough describes the film as a mixture of horror and science fiction. The plot is based around a pair of criminals who break into a vacant house to carry out an insurance scam. Awkwardly thrown together with an hour to kill, they reluctantly start telling each other tall tales that involve everything from vampires to alien artifacts.
As the night progress the line between reality and fiction starts to blur as the hidden agendas of both men are revealed.
Although he has made seven short films and ten music videos, Night People was the Letterkenny man’s debut feature.
“It’s the first time to show it in Letterkenny which is really nice because it is a local film with a local cast and local crew, so it will be nice to show it on home turf,” Mr Lough said.
“It is not is strictly speaking a horror film - there is science fiction as well. It is not a typical horror film by any means - it is not a blood bath. It is psychological and atmospheric. I was trying to do something original and different with the genre.
“It’s going to be nice to show it on a big screen. I think it is very important that a film is seen on a big screen with an audience. I will be proud to show it to the local audience as the film is from here, was born here and I am from here.”

http://regionalculturalcentre.com/night-people/