#IrishFilm: Cathal Kenna’s independent drama For Molly hits cinemas on October 5th
Cathal Kenna’s independent Irish feature drama For Molly is set for cinematic release in Ireland on October 5th. The filmmakers will be donating their portion of the films opening night box office proceeds from all of the nationwide screenings to the following Irish cancer support groups (see below for details).
For Molly tells the story of a young Irish couple ‘Evan and Laura’, engaged to be married and preparing for the arrival of their first child ‘Molly’ when a shock cancer diagnosis arrives out of the blue to Evan. Uncertain about the future Evan starts recording a series of home movie messages for Molly in an attempt to offer some helpful fatherly advice and a document of who he is for Molly when she is older. The home movie recordings unintentionally end up capturing the emotional rollercoaster Evan and Laura go through as they come to terms with their predicament and events build towards a climax.
The story deals with universal themes of love and loss, death, birth and healing all told through a distinctly Irish focused lens drawing on and depicting Ireland’s changing culture and way of life. The script comes from Kieran O’Reilly (Love/Hate), who also takes a lead role in the film alongside Maura Foley (Acceptable Risk). They are joined by Tony Doyle (Dublin Oldschool), Ally Ni Chiarain (Michael Inside), and Nuala Kelly (The Rhythm Section).
The film was shot over 5 days in Navan Co. Meath on a shoestring budget by a group of passionate up and coming Irish filmmakers. This is the second feature from director Kenna, following his debut Coming Home. That film screened successfully in North and South America, Ireland, the U.K. and Australia. Kenna set up Clann Films and is currently developing a number of projects for the
In recent times some of my close family and friends have been affected by cancer. For Molly came about as a result of those experiences. With this film I hope we can highlight some important issues relating to cancer care and prevention by raising awareness particularly among younger sections of the population. I also hope the film will serve as a tool to promote the great work performed by local cancer support groups, services and advocates working to ensure that the best possible care is available to those experiencing the impact of the disease in Ireland.
Cathal Kenna, Director
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The filmmakers will be donating their portion of the films opening night box office proceeds from all of the nationwide screenings to the following Irish cancer support groups and promoting their services of as part of their media work for the film: