Movie Filmed In Tralee Area To Premiere Next Week

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Kerry College Monavalley Campus students with Olivia Colman. From left; Dave O’Connor, Stephen Dolan, Hannah Meyler, Olivia Colman (lead actress), Ally O’Toole, Aaron Downey, Fionn Shanahan, Miguel Lonergan. Photo: Tara O’Donoghue

A MOVIE filmed in Tralee and around Kerry last summer will have its premiere next week in Galway.

‘Joyride’, starring Oscar-winning actor Olivia Colman, will premiere as the opening film at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh on Tuesday July 5, before going on general release on July 29.

Written by Kerry-based screenwriter, Ailbhe Keogan, helmed by Emmy award-winning director, Emer Reynolds, and produced by Subotica, this road movie was shot over the course of five weeks throughout Tralee and the wider county.

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Local crew were also employed, among them Kerry based Location Manager, Karl King, who led the locations department and Tralee woman, Orla Finucane, who worked as script supervisor.

Local acting talent features in the film with both Elaine Kennedy and Tim Landers landing named parts while Aisling O’Sullivan, originally from Kerry, has a key role.

Director Emer Reynolds described Kerry as “bringing an ineffable magic to the film” and emphasised that “it couldn’t have happened in Kerry without the work of the Film Development Officer, Siobhan O’Sullivan, and critical organisations in the county that supported its production, namely Kerry College Monavalley Campus, Kerry ETB and Kerry County Council.”

Olivia Colman (Joy) and Charlie Reid (Mully) in Joyride which goes on general release later this month.

Kerry College Monavalley Campus opened its doors to enable the production team set up a production base at the College.

Owen O’Donnell, Kerry ETB Dir of FET (Further Education & Training) and Con O’Sullivan, Campus Manager, recognised the excellent training opportunity this would afford Kerry College learners.

“Learners on our Broadcast Production Courses had a unique opportunity to work with an incredible cast and production team,” said Con. “This opportunity has ultimately culminated with each learner getting a credit to their name, an invaluable outcome  for those seeking to establish a career in the industry.”

Brian Nolan, lead instructor on the Broadcast Production Skills Course was delighted to see his trainees do so well on Joyride.

“Real world productions are an essential cog in the training wheel,” said Brian. “The students put in the hours practising industry skill. Putting these skills to work in a real world environment is where you fully cement the learning.”

All the students on the course gained experience throughout the Prod Office, Sound, Camera, Locations and AD (Assistant Director) Depts and gained an overview of the film production process.

Alongside crew and talent, many local services were hired, including much accommodation, while a number of local people got to take part as extras during filming.

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