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UK/Irish coming-of-age comedy Moon Dogs in cinemas in September

26 June 2017

Today Amber Content, Up Ha, Clydebank Films and Ripple World Pictures have announced that UK/Irish Co-Production Moon Dogs will be released in UK and Irish cinemas from 1st September.

Moon Dogs poster

Moon Dogs stars up-and-coming Celtic talent from Ireland, Scotland and Wales: Welsh actor Jack Parry-Jones (Da Vinci’s Demons, Back to Zero); Irish actress and talented singer/songwriter Tara Lee (The Fall, Raw, Jimi: All Is by My Side, The Odd Life of Timothy Green) and Scottish actor and musician Christy O’Donnell (Clique), with a stand out supporting cast featuring Dennis Lawson, Tam Dean Burn, Niall Greig Fulton, Chris Donald, Tanya Franks, Geoffrey Newland and Shauna Macdonald.

A Celtic road trip following teenage step-brothers Michael (Jack Parry-Jones) and Thor (Christy O’Donnell) as they journey from Shetland to Glasgow for very different reasons. Aspiring Irish singer Caitlin (Tara Lee) beguiles both boys and passions come to a head with a music festival and an ancient Norse ceremony as the backdrop.

It won Best International First Feature at Galway Film Fleadh 2016, was BAFTA Scotland nominated, BIFA longlisted and was selected as Best of the Fest at EIFF 2016. It has also garnered standout support from Irvine Welsh, who said of it,"Not one, not two but three stars are born in this beautiful movie," and Screen Daily called it, "Delightful...coming-of-age comedy."

Moon Dogs was directed by multi-BAFTA nominated, multi-award-winning director/screenwriter from South Wales, Philip John (Downton Abbey, Outlander), written by Derek Boyle and Raymond Friel (Calcium Kid, Botched), produced by Kathy Speirs and co-produced by Suzanne Reid, Dominic Wright and Jacqueline Kerrin with the support of Creative Scotland, Ffilm Cymru Wales and the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann.

Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe became involved in the film’s journey in February 2014 and not only composed Thor’s music but also the original soundtrack for the film and is responsible for providing a score which is both exciting and moving, and is an embodiment of the celebration of the spirit of rebellion.

Director Philip John said:

“Making a film is like bringing up a child. You love her, you dress her well, you teach her honesty then you boot her out the door so she can spread the word that rebellion is good.”

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