An Irish movie filmed at locations across Louth and Meath – including Ardee – is being premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival later today.
Kissing Candice – written and directed by Aoife McArdle and starring Ann Skelly, Ryan Lincoln and Conall Keating – will be shown this evening at 9.30pm (2.30am GMT) at the festival. McArdle, from Omagh, studied at Trinity College and did a masters at Bournemouth University whilst she made her name directing music videos for artists such as U2 (Every Breaking Wave). Kissing Candice is her debut feature film.
In the movie, Candice (Skelly) longs to escape the boredom of her seaside town, but when a boy she dreams about turns up in real life, she becomes involved with a dangerous local gang.
Some of the driving scenes were filmed on the Link Road in Ardee. Other scenes in the movie were filmed at Newtown Country Club, Tallanstown, Carlingford, Drogheda, Dundalk and Dublin. During filming in Ardee, the crew were based out of the Setanta Guesthouse on Castle Street, Ardee.
The movie has created a real buzz at home and across the water in the US too. It’s premiere at the TIIF has been long-awaited. It was produced by Venom Films under the Irish Film Board’s Catalyst scheme. Watch the trailer for the movie below.