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Award-Winning Irish Gothic Horror, The Lodgers, Released in Irish Cinemas Friday, 9 March

Posted: 7th March 2018

The IFTA-winning Irish Gothic ghost film, The Lodgers, will be released in 16 cinemas across Ireland this Friday, March. 

The title stars Charlotte Vega (American Assassin) in the lead role of Rachel, with Bill Milner (Son of Rambow, Anthropoid) playing her twin brother Edward. It also stars David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones), Eugene Simon (Game of Thrones), and Irish actors Moe Dunford (Vikings), Deirdre O'Kane (Noble) and Roisin Murphy (What Richard Did).

Set against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence in 1920, the film follows Anglo-Irish twins Rachel and Edward, who share a strange existence in their crumbling family estate.  Every night, the house is overtaken by a sinister presence which enforces three rules upon the twins; they must be in bed by midnight, they may not permit an outsider past the threshold, and they must never leave the other all alone. When troubled WW1 veteran Sean returns to the nearby village, he is immediately drawn to the mysterious Rachel, who in turn begins to break the rules set out for her; the consequences of which pull her into a deadly confrontation with her brother, and with the curse which haunts them.

Described as “finely attuned, atmospheric filmmaking” (The Hollywood Reporter), “enchantingly gloomy and lustrous” (Variety) and “the best film of its kind since The Others” (Coming Soon.net), The Lodgers premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before going on to screen at numerous international festivals, picking up accolades along the way, including  an IFTA for Best Visual Effects, the Jury Prize for Best Film at the Terror Molins Film Festival, as well as official Jury Awards for Best Special Effects and Best Actress (Charlotte Vega) at Fancine Festival de Cine Fantastico de Malaga in Spain.

The film will be released in cinemas in Dublin (Movies @ Dundrum and Swords, The Light House), Wexford (The Arc Cinema, Movies @ Gorey, New Ross Theatre, Omniplex), Waterford (Omniplex), Cork (Triskel Arts Centre and Omniplex), Galway (the Eye Cinema), Limerick (Omniplex), Mayo (Mayo Movie World), Roscommon (C&L Plex), Louth (The Arc Drogheda) and Meath (Navan Omniplex) from Friday 9 March. There will be a special Q&A with the director and writer in the Light House cinema on Friday, 9 March at 9pm and a Q&A with Loftus Hall owner Aidan Quigley on Sunday, 11 March. Wexford cinema, The Arc, is also hosting a special regional premiere preview on Wednesday, 7 March.

The Lodgers was funded by the Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and Epic Pictures, and was written by musician and Gothic literature professor David Turpin, directed by Brian O'Malley (Let us Prey) and produced by Ruth Treacy and Julianne Forde of Tailored Films.  Production took place entirely in county Wexford, with the primary location being the notorious Loftus Hall, widely recognised as 'the most haunted house in Ireland' (which coincidentally celebrated its 666th birthday during the production period).