Na Cloigne, a contemporary Irish language supernatural thriller broadcast on TG4 last year, has received six nominations in the upcoming Irish Film and Television Awards.
The three part drama series, which was directed by Robert Quinn and produced by Ciarán Ó Cofaigh for ROSG, a Conamara based film and television production company, features a young couple at the centre of an investigation into the violent and gruesome murders of two women.
Na Cloigne, which translates as ‘The Heads’, was originally broadcast as a three part series on TG4 early last year and a feature length film version of the programme was later compiled for broadcast on TG4 over Halloween.
Na Cloigne has been nominated in the following categories for the Irish Film and Television Awards:
Na Cloigne focuses on the discovery of the naked and decapitated bodies of two young women in the woods. Local artist Nuala (Siobhan O’Kelly) and her adulterous boyfriend Seán (Dara Devaney) find themselves at the heart of the brutal murder inquiry as jealousy, lust and insecurity drives their relationship to breaking point. The programme moves into paranormal territory when the mysterious Superintendent Ó Sé (Barry McGovern) arrives on the scene and calls upon his supernatural intuition to try and unravel the murder mystery.
Na Cloigne boasts a host of renowned Irish acting talent including Dara Devaney and Siobhán O Kelly starring as troubled couple Seán and Nuala, with Barry McGovern playing the psychic Superintendent who comes to their aid. Among the supporting cast are well known Irish language actors Mac dara Ó Fatharta, Joe Steve Ó Neachtain and Áine Ní Dhroighneáin.
Ciarán Ó Cofaigh, Producer of Na Cloigne, says:
“We are absolutely delighted to have received six nominations for the upcoming Irish Film and Television Awards. We assembled a fantastic cast and crew of well loved Irish talent for Na Cloigne and everyone involved worked extremely hard to ensure the production was a success. The series has a real paranormal and supernatural feel to it that has been influenced by the likes of Twin Peaks and the vast number of old Irish fairy stories that we all grew up with. The result is a wonderful clash between contemporary circumstances and ancient forces.”
Na Cloigne was funded by TG4, The Irish Film Board, The BAI and private investment through 481.
ROSG also recently released a DVD of Cré na Cille, the company’s feature film adaptation of Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s celebrated Irish language novel.
The DVD, which has subtitles in Irish, English, French, Spanish, German and Chinese, is a darkly-humorous tale of an intense jealousy and hatred between two sisters which worsens with age and continues into the afterlife.
Directed by Robert Quinn and produced by Ciaran Ó Cofaigh for ROSG, Cré na Cille was shot with a cast and crew of 60 people in a variety of locations around Conamara. The DVD also includes a documentary on the making of the film.