Grainne Uaille

Grainne Uaile

Basck in 2015, we announced that a film about Grainne Uaile (Grace O’Malley), the renowned Irish Pirate Queen was being made. Now, we are overjoyed to hear that it has an expected release date of early 2017! The Press Release tells us:

Early 2017 “Grainne Uaile – The movie” will be released from its ship in Ireland and sailing the festival circuits. A 3 hour epic, written and directed by Ciaron Davies and starring Fionnuala Collins as the infamous pirate queen, the movie was shot on location all over Ireland, North and south, on land and sea.

16th Century Pirate Queen

Exciting Combat Scenes

Exciting Combat Scenes

A violent and gritty retelling of the life of Grainne Uaile, the 16th century Pirate Queen from Ireland. She was a fighter, a pirate and a tough woman, carving her mark in a mans world. This exciting film is violent, dark, brutal, exciting and often darkly comic. The ultimate female action hero steeped in ancient Irish history.

“Grainne Uaile The movie”, is an epic historical adventure based on the real life of 16th Century Irish Pirate queen, Grainne Uaile. It is a savage, brutal and gritty film exploring the life of this extraordinary woman, who made a huge impact in the ‘16th century man’s world’ and also left a large imprint in Irish and world wide history, her name became infamous, and her life the stuff of legends.

It follows her life from her early childhood, her youthful years as a clansman’s wife, her subsequent career in piracy, politics, intrigue, double dealings, her fight against the powers of the English state and her famous meeting with Queen Elizabeth.

A real story about a real female warrior

Grainne Uaille in combat

Grainne Uaille in combat

Often violent, intense, with moments of dark comedy, Grainne Uaile has the look of a ‘moving Caravaggio painting’ and the style and atmosphere of a Celtic Western. The fighting is closer then any other film you will see, fast paced and fierce. We  wanted to create battle sequences where the audience feels involved. Grainne, herself is presented as a very strong women, fiercer than the men around her,  is played beautifully by Fionnuala Collins, who exudes a mixture of charisma, style and intensity.

The movie also features Peter Cosgrove, Leonard G. Tone, Patrick Mc Loughlin, Robin Twist, Sean Simon, Mark Davis and Martin Savage and Ciaron Davies.

A movie like the old epics of times gone by

Writer and Director, Ciaron Davies, says:

We wanted to make a movie like the old epics of times gone by, brimming with story, life and characters. It was also important that all the actors performed their own stunts and swordfights. The battles themselves are often elaborate and full of tension.

Filming was grueling for the actors and daily shooting was tough and physically demanding, often out in the middle of nowhere in the freezing cold, battling the elements, the cameras rolled during incredibly harsh conditions, everyone had their physical abilities pushed to the very limit.

Grainne Uaile – The Movie will be released early 2017
The official trailer will also be online early 2017.

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