Mayo film Soulsmith stages UK Première for Mayo Day

Mayo Film stages UK Première at Derby Film Festival to celebrate Mayo Day

Kevin Henry’s Irish independent feature, Soulsmith, will have its UK Première at the Derby
Film Festival on May 2nd as part of the UK's celebrations for the worldwide Mayo.ie Mayo Day celebration.

Tony Hennigan from Mayo Manchester commented “It is great to have a the Independent film which was shot on location in County Mayo make its UK Debut as part of the Mayo Day celebrations. We will all be going along with our Mayo flags and shirts to support them at the screening.”

The films director Kevin Henry added “It will be great to meet up with the Mayo diaspora in the UK during the Mayo Day celebrations. I am sure they will enjoy the footage of Mayo, coming from Castlebar in Mayo it has been my lifetime ambition to film something in the County, most of the cast also come from Mayo.”

The film also features an orginal soundtrack featuring film crew member and singer songwriter Declan Askin who is also from Mayo.

The Mayo locations featured in the film include; Johnny McHales Pub, Driving Range at Aidan Moran Gold Accademy, The Mall, Lough Lannagh, the Linen Hall Arts Centre as well as interior stuff in various houses in Castlebar. It also features the popular Old Head Beach and Louisburgh Pier.

The Première screening will take place at 6PM on Tuesday 2nd May with further screenings taking place on Wednesday 3rd May and Friday 5th May. These will be the first public screenings following the film’s sold out premiere at the 2016 Cork Film Festival.

The film is set in the West of Ireland and Dublin, Soulsmith follows Ed Smith, a young playwright who, following great early success, hits a downward spiral both professionally and personally. The majority of the film was filmed in Castlebar in 2015, where Henry hails from. Locations within Castlebar include Johnny McHale's Pub and The Linenhall Arts Centre. Other Mayo filming also took place at Old Head Beach and Louisburgh Pier in Mayo.

The drama stars Matthew O’Brien (The Lobster, Volkswagen Joe, Williton’s Way), alongside Caoimhe O’Malley, Conor Marren (North Circular Road, Love Rosie), Brian Fortune (Game of Thrones, How to be Happy, Jack and Ralph Plan a Murder), Tristan Heanue (In this Place, Skunky Dog, Cardboard Gangsters), and Elva Trill (Ripper Street, Red Rock).

Further information on Soulsmith can be found at www.soulsmithfilm.ie and
www.facebook.com/soulsmithfilm. For information on the Derby Film Festival Screenings
please visit www.derbyfilmfestival.co.uk