Exclusive: Trailer for new Irish romantic comedy Poison Pen

The filmmakers behind the Irish romantic comedy Poison Pen have sent us over the official trailer for the film.

The film follows washed-up author PC Molloy who is forced to write for April Devereaux’s gossip magazine, the titular Poison Pen. He becomes caught up in a world of stars and their secrets, and is soon in danger of becoming a celebrity himself. With the spotlight turning to Molloy, and his relationship with Devereaux changing, he struggles to keep his own secrets off the front page.

The romantic comedy stars Lochlann O Mearain (The O’Briens) and Aoibhinn McGinnity (Love/Hate) in the leading roles. Lauryn Canny (A Thousand Times Goodnight, Amber), Susan Loughnane (The Food Guide To Love, Love/Hate), Paul Ronan (One Hundred Mornings), Aaron Heffernan (Obama Mia, Love/Rosie), and Mary Murray (Magdalene Sisters) come together as the supporting cast.

The Eoin Colfer scripted Poison Pen premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh last year, before travelling to the 59th Cork Film Festival, the British and Irish Film Festival in Luxembourg, the Irish Film New York festival, and the the Virginia Film Festival. It will next travel to Chicago where it will have its Midwest premiere at the Chicago Irish Film Festival.

Author Eoin Colfer attained worldwide recognition in 2001, when the first book in his Artemis Fowl series was published. To date more than half of his books have reached the New York Times Bestsellers list at least once.

Poison Pen was produced by the participants on the Filmbase/Staffordshire University MSc in Digital Feature Film Production and was filmed in Dublin and London.

Having won the Booker Prize several years ago, PC Molloy has been struggling with writers block ever since. Now reduced to the rank of a part time creative writing lecturer at a London university, he affects the position of a cultural critic. His prestigious residence is the top floor apartment of a Georgian building, but his strained financial circumstances have him living amid a crumbling pile, much to dismay of his college going daughter, Sally.

Enter April Devereaux, the inspirational, thirty something editor of celebrity gossip magazine Poison Pen. The magazine is situated in a glossy and glamorous office space. Populated with young hipster staff, the publication is readying itself for a switch from traditional print to modern online media.

April wants Molloy to bring her magazine a touch of class by writing profiles of London’s A-List stars and celebrities. He dismisses the intimidation, saying that he has a literary reputation to maintain. But when April reminds him that he has yet to deliver on the £500,000 advance paid to him for his second novel, he realises he has no choice.