Naas film director off to Cannes

NAAS woman Rebecca Daly has become the first female Irish director to be selected for the prestigious Cannes film festival with her film The Other Side of Sleep, which is now being released at selected cinemas across Ireland.

NAAS woman Rebecca Daly has become the first female Irish director to be selected for the prestigious Cannes film festival with her film The Other Side of Sleep, which is now being released at selected cinemas across Ireland.

A dark psychological drama, this is the first feature film by Rebecca, who previously won awards at the IFTAs (Irish Film & Television Awards) and the Galway Film Fleadh with her short film Joyriders. She was also nominated for Best Director at the 2012 IFTAs but missed out.

The film is opening on Friday March and the IFI and Cineworld in Dublin city centre are the closest venues to Kildare where it is showing.

Shot entirely on location in the Midlands, the film follows Arlene, a sleepwalker who works in the local factory of a small Irish town. When a young woman is found dead in the woods, Arlene is forced to her confront a tragedy from her own childhood. It is Rebecca Daly’s, first feature film.

Born in 1979, Rebecca is the daughter of Sue and Fergus Daly, and grew up at Alderwood Park off the Blessington Road in Naas.

She attended the Mercy Convent primary school at Sallins Road and later St. Mary’s College. She has two sisters – Sarah and Elisa.

Later she studied at Trinity College, graduating with a BA in Drama and English and subsequently with a Masters Degree in Film from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

“I also studied speech and drama with Audrey Deady at Jigginstown, Naas, and I learned a great deal from her at that time, “ Rebecca told the Leader last week.