BUNCRANA is to get its first screening of Spears, the new thriller from Donegal filmmaker Gerard Lough.
Spears was released last month to audiences in both Letterkenny and Lifford.
Reviews have been largely positive with June Butler of Film Ireland writing, “Lough has written and directed a film that this reviewer feels will become a cult classic”. She also praised the “powerful actors” and “the superb soundtrack”.
Packed with twists and turns, the plot kicks off when a private investigator is sent from Ireland to Italy to track down a woman who mysteriously vanished there. Meanwhile in London a dissident republican does an arms deal with a new seller he does not trust. In Berlin, a scam artist spends a weekend with a married woman he tries to convince to leave with him.
Each of the three men make a startling discovery which forces them to team up back in Ireland and take revenge on those who have wronged them.
Over half of the film was shot in Donegal with locations such as Sliabh Liag, Beltany Stone Circle and Maghera waterfall all used as backdrops.
The film’s release date was held back so it could be released in cinemas at a time when audiences were returning in larger numbers.
Gerard Lough said it was a proud moment seeing his work on the cinema screen. And he is hoping Buncrana embraces it as others have.
“There is nothing like seeing your work on the big screen, so we are all delighted that initial audiences will get to experience Spears that way.
“Having it shown at a cinema as distinctive and beautiful as Buncrana cinema is the icing on the cake.”
Despite the strong reviews, the director would prefer that people see the film and decide for themselves.
“Ideally I would rather you go in cold so none of the film’s surprises are spoiled. One of the things that people have enjoyed about the film is how the story’s mystery is gradually revealed and everything clicks into place at the midway point.”
Audiences can judge for themselves when Spears is shown at Buncrana Cinema from April 15 to 17.
You can watch a clip of the film here: https://youtu.be/HhlXTJcAGcI