A Patch of Fog has been confirmed in official selection in the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which runs 10-20 September.
A Patch of Fog joins Being AP and High-Rise bringing the tally of Northern Ireland films premiering at TIFF to three.
Psychological thriller, A Patch of Fog, is the feature directorial debut from Northern Ireland film-maker Michael Lennox, who, earlier this year picked up a BAFTA award and an Oscar nomination for his short film Boogaloo & Graham.
A Patch of Fog has been selected as part of the Discovery Programme at Toronto, a spotlight on the most exciting work from up-and-coming directors from around the world. Starring Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones; Suits; Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) and Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire; Gangs of New York; This is England), A Patch of Fog follows a celebrated novelist and TV personality (Hill) who finds his reputation on the line and his life invaded by a lonely security guard (Graham) when caught shoplifting.
From a script by Northern Ireland writers Michael McCartney and John Cairns, the film was developed through Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus scheme. A Patch of Fog was produced by Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects; Dirty Pretty Things; Babylon), Wayne Marc Godfrey (Silence; Cake; The Survivalist), and David Gilbery (Shelby; Bone; Tomahawk) for The Fyzz Facility. A Patch of Fog filmed entirely in Northern Ireland at the end of 2014 with funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Fyzz Facility and the British Film Institute (BFI).
Previous announcements from TIFF have already confirmed two other selected films - High-Rise and Being AP.
Directed by Ben Wheatley, High-Rise is an adaptation of JG Ballard’s classic 1975 British thriller. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss, it has been selected for TIFF’s inaugural Platform section. Produced by Oscar-winning Jeremy Thomas, High-Rise filmed in Northern Ireland with funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Being AP, directed by Bafta-winner Anthony Wonke is the story of a true sporting great and has been selected for TIFF Docs. The film, which gained exclusive access to the Northern Ireland jockey, AP ‘Tony’ McCoy, his family and racing teams, follows the 20-time champion jockey through his final season in 2014-15. The film was produced by Nick Ryle for Moneyglass Films, in partnership with Partizan Films and Roads Entertainment, and in association with BBC Films with support from The Irish Film Board, Northern Ireland Screen and the British Horse Racing Authority/Great British Racing.
Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen, commented: 'Earlier this year we were thrilled with a BAFTA win and an Oscar nomination for Michael Lennox. Now his feature debut, A Patch of Fog, has been selected for one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. Everyone at Northern Ireland Screen could not be more proud of Michael, the writers Michael McCartney and John Cairns and all the extremely talented cast and crew.
There was much excitement when Ben Wheatley and a hugely talented cast came to Northern Ireland last year to shoot High-Rise with its star-studded cast. There is no doubt that this is a highly-anticipated world premiere from one of the most exciting British directors in a generation.
The Landmark Documentary, Being AP, which follows one of the world’s greatest sportsmen, is both an epic and intimate film and offers a fabulous insight into a sporting legend. We offer our congratulations to Anthony and Nick and look forward to seeing this magnificent film brought to the Toronto audience.'