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Southside actors star in new IFTA nominated film

Thursday, 11th April, 2019 6:00pm
Southside actors star in new IFTA nominated film

‘The Limit Of’ sees Killiney woman Sarah Carroll and Laurence O’Fuarain, who is originally from Drimnagh, star in a captivating thriller about the banking industry.

Southside actors star in new IFTA nominated film

‘The Limit Of’ sees Killiney woman Sarah Carroll and Laurence O’Fuarain, who is originally from Drimnagh, star in a captivating thriller about the banking industry.

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Gabija Gataveckaite

TWO Southsiders are starring in a new Irish film that hit cinemas last week.

‘The Limit Of’ sees Killiney woman Sarah Carroll and Laurence O’Fuarain, who is originally from Drimnagh, star in a captivating thriller about the banking industry.

O’Fuarain stars as lead protagonist James Allen, a financial advisor and the son of a mother who has health issues.

The movie tells the story of a 30-something year old banker from Dublin who learns that his employer is responsible for a terrible tragedy. In order to avenge the incident, he must face his own troubling childhood secret.

The film was directed by the Mayo Brothers (Alan and Anthony Mulligan) and is the duo’s first long-awaited feature debut.

“When Alan approached me about the script, I was studying in an acting college called The Factory,” remembered O’Fuarain.

Both O’Fuarain and Carroll then helped Mulligan with shaping their respective characters.

“I hadn’t acted in anything but [Mulligan] saw something he liked in me,” O’Fuarain added.

“Alan had a roundabout idea of how he wanted the character to talk, walk and act.”

The cast then spent a month rehearsing before shooting began in 2015. With a tight budget, the cast and the crew had to overcome tight schedules when shooting the film.

“It was a 17-day shoot, 24 hours a day sometimes, and it was very tight but that’s what it’s like when you’ve no budget to shoot with,” he said. “It was really tough on the crew and the actors.”

The tight filming schedule was especially challenging for Carroll, who was four months’ pregnant during the shoot.

 “I was so sick and I just came out of a really hard three and a half months at the beginning of the pregnancy when we began shooting,” she recalled.

“Some days I had to push hard to get out of bed but I got through it.

“The filming took me out of the headspace of being sick and pregnant,” she added. “But I love being on set and so I don’t mind the long hours.”

The talented actress received an IFTA (Irish Film and Television Academy and Award) for her role as Supporting Actress in the film, which premiered last summer at the Galway Film Festival

 “I was delighted and I didn’t know I was even eligible for a nomination, but it’s a little bit of acknowledgement,” she said.

Carroll has also previously worked on RTÉ’s Love Hate and Raw. Carroll stars as Alison in the film and explained that at the heart of the story are the strong characters.

“The film is very much so character driven,” she explained. “They’re complicated characters and there’s a personal kind of anguish and disillusionment with the banks in Ireland. It’s a thriller and it’s quite suspenseful,” she said.

Both actors agreed that they both loved working with each other.

“Laurence was fantastic to work with,” Carroll revealed.

“It was his first role out of acting school and it was a really intense role but we corroborated together to get into the right headspace,” explained Carroll.

O’Fuarain added that working with Carroll was a “joy”.

“She really has it all and we had a great chemistry between us,” he said. “As a human being, she’s really down to earth and level-headed.”

Sarah Carroll attends the ‘IFTA Film & Drama Awards’ at the Mansion House. PHOTO:  PHILLIP MASSE

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