The Green Sea
Independent Irish film continues to go from strength to strength and currently shooting in Mullingar is The Green Sea, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Randal Plunkett. Randal fell for Mullingar’s charms over a year ago when he first visited the market town, taken by its friendly coffee shops, winding streets and cathedral. The film will be somewhat surreal and the style of camera being used will give an arthouse feel to the finished product. This is Randal’s first feature length film but he already has a number of shorts under his belt, including horror film Out There. Out There played at Cannes and a number of other international film festivals, it was also aired on RTE.
The Green Sea stars Canadian actress Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, Insomnia) and rising young actress Hazel Doupe (Peter and Wendy). Justin Broadrick, guitarist of the bands Napalm Death, Godflesh and Jesu is composing the music tracks for the film.
Katherine Isabelle plays “Simone”, a strong female protagonist and a bit of an anti-hero. She’s a heavy metal musician who lives a life of isolation until her world changes by the appearance of a strange young girl (Doupe). Hazel Doupe, 16, from Skerries enthuses “It was wonderful working on The Green Sea. I loved my role but working with Katie (Isabelle) was special.”
The supporting cast includes Dermot Ward (Lassie and Pure Mule ) Michael Parle (Demon Hunter), Zeb Moore (Hexing) Eric Branden (The Hospital 2) and John Carey (A Fistful of Diamonds). Other crew include producer Stephen Lourdes, Russian cinematographer Philipp Morozov (Centurion Resurrection), editor Chris Gill (The Guard, 28 Days Later and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) line producer Howard Gibbins (King Aurthur), and first assistant director John Burns (Once). Production on The Green Sea comes from Edwina Forkin of Zanzibar Films, an independent Irish production company in conjunction with Plunkett’s own company Dunsany Films.
Randal Plunkett is an award-winning Irish film director and producer from Dunsany, County Meath, Ireland. Randal was brought up in the Plunkett family’s ancestral home, the historic Dunsany Castle, where many of his famous kin found inspiration before him. Growing up surrounded by 900 years of family history and a sprawling collection of art and antiquities has left an indelible impression on Randal’s work, which critics have described as ‘lush, macabre, gothic and beautiful’.
Randal finds inspiration in the works of legendary directors David Lynch, Akira Kurosawa, Peter Greenaway and Nicholas Ray. Randal holds a degree in Film Studies from Kingston University in London and a degree in Digital Video from SAE Institute in London.