Irish Film: Official trailer for Terry McMahon's Patrick's Day

Wildcard Distribution has released the first official trailer for Terry McMahon’s hard hitting drama Patrick’s Day.

The film will have a premiere screening on Wednesday February 4th in Dungarvan, the hometown of lead actor Moe Dunford.  It will be a charity screening in association with Pieta House, No Name Club, and Soroptimist Club in Dungarvan.  Moe, who has just been named one of the Berlin Film Festival’s Shooting Stars, will be in attendance along with the writer/director Terry McMahon and other cast and crew.

In the film Moe plays Patrick, a warm, open, 26 year old virgin schizophrenic. Pills and his mother’s protection mean he is no threat to himself or anybody else. Until he falls in love. The object of his desire is an alcoholic, suicidal air-hostess who has no idea that the intimacy she shares with Patrick will reintroduce her to living. But Patrick’s obsessive mother doesn’t realize that her misguided love is more dangerous than hate. To pull Karen and Patrick apart she enlists the help of a dysfunctional detective who will use his position to help her. A provocative love story about the right to intimacy, Patrick’s Day suggests that when it comes to love, we’re all a little crazy.

Speaking of the Dungarvan premiere Moe Dunfordcommented “I’m very proud of this film, and hugely proud of my hometown Dungarvan. Patrick’s Day is a film about having the courage to make a better future, and like many towns in Ireland, Dungarvan has gone through its own hell yet has had the courage to fight for that future.  And I want everyone to feel part of this, because they are”.

The local community in Dungarvan has come out in full support of the film and Moe. Cllr Damien Geoghegan, Mayor of Dungarvan is delighted that the premiere will take place in the Waterford town and said “I am especially pleased to endorse and support the occasion as local actor Moe Dunford is a fine role model for our young people…. He has a very bright and promising future ahead of him”.

A spokesperson for Pieta House, a suicide and self-harm crisis centre said “A new Pieta House is now planned for Waterford city, so it is fantastic to see the Dungarvan premiere of ‘St Patrick’s Day’, starring local man Moe Dunford, helping to raise funds for this vital service.”

John Donovan, on behalf of Dungarvan No Name Club, an organization dealing daily with young people added “we are delighted to be part of his homecoming as star of Patrick’s Day…. Moe was a supremely talented and popular member of our organization and was a very significant part of our national success”.

Kate Douglas, President of the Dungarvan Soroptimist Club, a volunteer organisation which works to improve the lives of women and girls said “Mental Health Awareness was our dedicated national charity for the last two years…. we are happy to further promote this cause through Patrick’s Day. We are also very proud of Moe Dunford’s part in this film’s success.”

Since premiering at SXSW in March, Patrick’s Day has gone on to receive much critical acclaim, winning a host of awards including the Audience Awards at the Galway Film Fleadh and Cork Film Festival, The Maverick Award for Best Narrative Feature, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing at the Woodstock Film Festival, the Screen Directors’ Guild of Ireland Finders Series Award, and Best Actor and Best Screenplay at the Hell’s Half Mile Film and Music Festival in Michigan.

Wildcard Distribution will release Patrick’s Day in cinemas across Ireland on Friday, 6th February.