BLACK ICE – advance screenings of the new Sligo-Leitrim based film

BLACK ICE is screening in The Model Cinema on Friday, 08 March at 7pm and 9pm. Sligo and Leitrim audiences have a chance to see an advance screening ahead of the film’s national release, later this Spring. Studio North West tv presents two special advance screenings of the Strandhill and Leitrim shot film, Black Ice.

Written by Sligo-based writer Brian Leyden and the film’s producer/director Johnny Gogan, Black Ice tells the story of Alice (newcomer Jane McGrath) a young ‘petrol-head’ trying to get to grips with the death of her brother in a high-speed crash. This Sligo-Leitrim produced feature film Black Ice is a film boasting a rich Irish cast including Love/Hate star Killian Scott.

The film includes a strong ensemble of North West based actors including Tubbercurry teenager Roisin Scully, Donal O’Kelly, Des Braiden, Michael Harding, Deirdre O’Meara, Marian Quinn, Alan Devine and Conor McDermottroe. Also marked out for notice were the film’s strong locations including Sligo’s Strandhill, scene of one of the film’s major set pieces.

Speaking at the film’s premiere producer/director Johnny Gogan was clear to emphasise that ‘Black Ice could not have been realised to such a high standard without the involvement of the community of car enthusiasts and the broader North Leitrim and Strandhill communities.’

A story of youthful misadventure set against the backdrop of a lawless Donegal border terrain during the last gasps of the Irish boom – Black Ice charts the story of Alice as she is seduced into the rhythmic rumbling world of local boy racers. In an important development for the local film production sector all post-production work took place under the tutelage of editor Patrick J. O’Rourke whose post-production company Sleeping Warrior Films forms part of a growing production hub around Dromahair.

The vast majority of the crew came from within the newly established Studio North West Forum. The film was produced by Dromahair based Bandit Films and Still Films (Dublin) with finance from the Dromahair-based Studio North West tv, a number of private investors, An Bord Scannan na hEireann/The Irish Film Board, and RTE.

Plans are taking shape for the national release of Black Ice later in the Spring.