PHOTOS: Kildare-supported film DannyBoy premieres at Odeon cinema in Naas

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Kildare-supported film DannyBoy premieres at Odeon cinema in Naas

Members of the Vicky Barry Performing Arts from Newbridge at the premier

DannyBoy, a new comedy drama feature film from local producer Richie Kearney premiered to a full house at the Odeon cinema in Naas on Friday, March 29. It was filmed over three weeks in September 2018 between Naas and Sallins and Richie said the community rallied around the production with local people acting as extras, cast and crew.

Directed by Ferdia Mac Anna, who wrote it with Mary Duffin, it centres around Daniel Buckley, a nervous teenager who needs to grow up quickly and manage his madcap family.

Daniel's mother is played by Clelia Murphy, better known as Niamh from the long running RTE series Fair City. Richie said the local area provided canal scenes, houses, bars and scenery.

“Car enthusiasts in the area helped us with cars and automobiles of the era.

“The Townhouse hotel was our base for catering, wardrobe, hair and make up, auditions, rehearsals, meetings and it also doubled as a batch of locations too.”

Director Mac Anna, a well known figure in the arts world, said he had long looked forward to recreating the “mad youth scene of Ireland in 1981 in Naas and Sallins and the “wonderfully cinematic big sky country of County Kildare.” The film will now tour festivals.

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