A Dark Song - Catherine Walker and Steve Oram
A Dark Song

#IrishFilm: Kaleidoscope Film Distribution acquires rights to Liam Gavin’s A Dark Song

ScreenDaily is reporting that Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (KFD) has picked up worldwide (excluding North America) rights to Liam Gavin’s feature debut A Dark Song.

The film follows Sophia, a young woman who insists on renting an old house in the remote countryside so that she can hire an occultist. She needs him to perform an ancient invocation ritual, the Abramelin, to summon up Sophia’s Guardian Angel so her wish can be granted. She wishes to talk to her murdered child, a desire that consumes her.

A Dark Song features Patrick’s Day star Catherine Walker in the lead, with Sightseers‘ Steve Oram as the occulist hired in to help her. Frank star Mark Huberman and Poison Pen‘s Susan Loughnane offer strong support. It was was filmed in locations around Dublin and Wicklow in the summer of 2015. Viva cinematographer Cathal Watters shot the film, with Connor Dennison as production designer. Bowsie Workshop assisted on the practical effects.

Post-production took place at Windmill Lane Pictures with editor Anna Maria O’Flanagan and Patrick’s Day composer Ray Harman. David Collins and Cormac Fox produce for Samson Films, with Tim Dennison producing for UK production company Tall Man Films. Funding comes via the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann and Ffilm Cymru Wales.

A Dark Song will be feature at the Cork Film Festival on November 15th, having world premiered at Galway Film Fleadh, before it screened at Fantastic Fest, Sitges and BFI London Film Festival.

Speaking to ScreenDaily about the news Michael Chapman, acquisitions & development executive of KFD, said:

We’re thrilled to be working on Liam’s debut, a film which is both darkly unsettling and ultimately moving. After a stream of critical acclaim, we look forward to sharing this gem with international buyer.

Producer David Collins added:

We are delighted at the festival response to A Dark Song. It’s a great vote of confidence in the film that Kaleidoscope have stepped up so quickly to handle the world sales and to release it theatrically in the UK and Ireland. Together with XYZ who represent the film in North America, we now have all of the bases covered for AFM.