‘Songs for Amy’, the independent Irish film shot in Galway will get its Irish release this week after achieving success at several international film festivals.
The film, which was produced by Sonny and Skye productions, will have Irish premieres in Dublin, on Thursday, 1 May and in Galway on Friday, 2 May.
The Galway premiere, which takes place in the IMC Cinema, Headford Road, will be attended by a number of the film’s cast members. ‘Songs for Amy’ will screen in IMC Galway for a further seven days.
A love story set in the west of Ireland and New York; ‘Songs for Amy’ follows the story of musician Sean O’Malley (Sean Maguire) as he tries to redeem himself with bride-to-be, Amy (Lorna Anderson), after a debauched stag do.
With their relationship and Sean’s future happiness hanging in the balance, his plan is to write the perfect album of songs for her, with both help and hindrance from his misfit band mates.
The film also features Olwyn Boyle (Desperate Houses), James Cosmo (Braveheart, Game of Thrones) and Patrick Bergin (Sleeping with the Enemy). Hell-raising rock band, Alabama 3, play themselves in an instrumental role, leading Sean astray.
Dubbed ‘the musician’s film’ due to its authentic portrayal of the vibrant Irish music scene; the film’s soundtrack features Ultan Conlon and Jim McKee, Alabama 3, Eleanor Shanley, Tom Paxton, Glen Campbell and Jono McCleery.
Following Friday night’s screening, live music from the film will be performed by Alabama 3, Jim McKee and Ultan Conlon in Monroe’s Live.
‘Songs for Amy’ has been selected for several festivals including the Newport Beach Festival in California, where it was ranked fourth out of 400 films and won The Jury Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking’.
The film has also been selected for screening at the Galway Film Fleadh, the Whitaker Saint Louis International Film Festival and the Glasgow Film Festival, where it was the first film to sell out both screenings. The film screened at the Hollywood Film Festival to rave reviews a few months ago.