Irish filmmaker Graham Jones Releases New Movie NOLA AND THE CLONES.
Nola and the Clones is an indie film that tells the story of a prostitute in Dublin who encounters a series of men that appear strikingly similar to one another. Young Irish actress Caoimhe Cassidy (BY THE BOG OF CATS, Abbey Theatre) gives an authentic performance in the lead role of Nola, while a battalion of male clones are portrayed with versatility by Irish actor Joseph Lydon (LOW LEVEL PANIC, The New Theatre). The film was made with limited resources and has a considerable sense of realism, not to mention some magical realism.
“Volunteering in a good homeless shelter years ago, I learnt that sometimes individuals who can offer the greatest insight into our society receive the least attention from it,” says writer/director Jones. “The shelter was men-only, though and got me wondering what female homelessness might be like – so over the years I sought to find out. Of course, it’s worse for women because there’s a far greater sexual threat and risk of falling into prostitution, either while homeless or to stave off homelessness. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure if I could make this movie until Caoimhe Cassidy did a reading. But I was very reluctant to give up searching for the right actress because women have always been central to my movies, both in front of and behind the camera and it felt important to honour that. Nola is a strong female character, negotiating her way through a series of very difficult men and we are trying to give her a voice.”
“Working with Graham on NOLA AND THE CLONES was a completely new experience for me,” says lead actress Caoimhe Cassidy. “I had never worked in this way before, which was exciting. As we delved into the mind and world of Nola, I felt safe and at ease, even through some of her darker moments which were demanding at times. There was a lot of trust there.”
“It’s a story that hasn’t been told and because of the times I think it’s important,” concurs lead actor Joseph Lydon. “It was the most challenging and rewarding experience I’ve had. I played several different characters with several different personalities and body types – it was awesome.”
Watch the trailer here!
Alison Wells runs the Random Acts of Optimism blog and lives in Bray, Co. Wicklow with her husband and four children. Her short fiction been published in many magazines and online and print anthologies and she has been featured on Sunday Miscellany. Shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award, Bridport and Fish Prize's she has just completed a themed short story collection Random Acts of Optimism and a literary novel The Book of Remembered Possibilities. To read Alison's full blog, visit Head Above Water. Find out in her Random Acts of Optimism how she manages to juggle writing, children and life.