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Irish thriller Spears currently in production

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- Gerard Lough’s second feature will be an intriguing neo-noir film set in Ireland, Italy, Britain and Germany, starring actor Nigel Brennan in the lead role

Irish thriller Spears currently in production
Director Gerard Lough (© Rogue Frame Films)

After experimenting with the horror and sci-fi genres in his first feature, Night People, 50-year-old Irish music-video and film director Gerard Lough is now ready to explore the world of neo-noir and mystery-thriller in his new project, which he has written and is directing himself. 

Spears follows the story of Kian, a young private investigator who is sent to Florence to find a woman who has mysteriously vanished, but soon finds himself entangled in an inextricable web of obsession and revenge. The title of the movie was inspired by an Emily Brontë quote from the 1847 novel Wuthering Heights: "Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies." 

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The lead character is played by young talent Nigel Brennan, best known for taking on the role of Luke in Lough’s Night People. The international cast also includes actors Michael Parle (The Revenge of ShinobiDemon Hunter), Yalda Shahidi (Circles of the Sun [+see also:
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), Aidan O’Sullivan (Dive, Life Begins Now), Bobby Calloway (Aaron), Thomas Sharkey (We Ourselves) and Rebecca Thompson (Death of a Superhero [+see also:
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Part of the principal photography recently wrapped in Donegal and Florence, and is set to resume in Ireland, Berlin and London in the coming months. Lough is also partaking as the director of photography, whilst Greg Rouladh (Night People) is serving as the editor and Cian Furlong (Night PeopleTerritorial Behavior) as the composer. The soundtrack also features works by Irish electronic music and “disco-noir” group Sleep Thieves.

Spears is being produced by Fatima Fleming and Gerard Lough for Irish production outfit Rogue Frame Films, which is also in charge of its distribution. The film will be ready for theatrical release in 2019.

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