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Northern Irish films Black Medicine, Nowhere Special, and Boys From County Hell to release in cinemas this summer
13 Jul 2021 : Nathan Griffin
Black Medicine, Boys From County Hell, and Nowhere Special.
Three films made in Northern Ireland will hit Irish screens this summer: Colum Eastwood’s Black Medicine, Uberto Pasolini’s Nowhere Special and Chris Baugh’s Boys from County Hell.

Each of the three films were made with the support of Northern Ireland Screen. Richard Williams, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Screen said: “It is great to see three films made here in Northern Ireland being released across 4 weeks this summer and showcasing the wonderful talent we have here both in front of, and behind the camera. With a thriller, a heart-warming drama, and a vampire film there’s surely something in there for everyone to enjoy.”

Black Medicine

Written and directed by Lisburn native Colum Eastwood, the thriller will be released on digital platforms on Monday 12th July. 

Set in the underbelly of the Irish crime world, Black Medicine stars Amybeth McNulty (Stranger Things), Orla Brady (Fringe, American Horror Story) and Antonia Campbell-Hughes (Kelly + Victor). Jo is a black-market medic who carries out illegal operations for the criminal underworld. When she gives refuge to a young girl, she must choose between breaking her medical oath or crossing her ruthless employers. 

Black Medicine was produced via Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus scheme. 

The scheme aims to deliver one debut feature by a Northern Ireland resident creative team (writer, director and producer) each year. Previous films to come through the scheme include Shelly Love’s A Bump Along the Way, Ryan and Andrew Tohill’s The Dig, Chris Baugh and Brendan Mullin’s Bad Day for the Cut.

Nowhere Special

Written and directed by Uberto Pasolini (The Full Monty) Nowehere Special will be released in cinemas on Friday, 16thJuly. 

The film shot on location in Northern Ireland in 2019. Inspired by true events, Nowhere Special features James Norton (Happy Valley, Mr. Jones, Little Women) as thirty-five-year-old window cleaner named John, who has dedicated his life to bringing up his son, after the child’s mother left them soon after giving birth. When John is given only a few months to live, he attempts to find a new, perfect family for his three-year-old son, determined to shield him from the terrible reality of the situation. John’s son is played by Daniel Lamont from Ballymena who makes his acting debut in the film. 

The film was produced by Belfast’s Chris Martin (Good Vibrations).

Boys From County Hell

The third Northern Irish film to release this summer is Boys From County Hell, which sees an original spin on the vampire movie from a story by Chris Baugh and Brendan Mullin, which Baugh also directs. 

Boys From County Hell will be released in cinemas on Friday 6th August. 

With a fantastic cast, including Jack Rowan (Peaky Blinders, Noughts + Crosses), Louisa Harland (Derry Girls), Nigel O’Neill (from Baugh’s debut), and John Lynch (The Banishing, Isolation), Boys From County Hell is rich in Celtic atmosphere, drenched in gore, wildly funny and splendidly scary. The film from the Tyrone duo has recently rated ‘fresh’ on Rotten Tomatoes.

Read our interview with writer/director Chris Baugh and wrtier/producer Brendan Mullin.

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