My Name Is Emily, an independent Irish film starring Michael Smiley, will be screened in London next week, on 2nd September – for zero pounds!
The film is about a Dublin teenager, Emily (Evanna Lynch). Emily was close to her father Robert (played by Smiley), a best-selling author, until he had a breakdown and was committed. When she doesn’t receive a birthday card from her father for the first time since he entered care, Emily is certain something bad has happened and she decides to visit him, convincing her school friend, Arden (George Webster) to accompany her. The film follows the pair as they travel across Ireland, in a coming of age tale/road movie.
My Name is Emily premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh on 7th July 2015,and has picked up a few gongs and multiple award nominations since then, including the Bingham Ray New Talent Award for producer Kathryn Kennedy at Galway Film Fleadh, and Best Cinematography for Seamus Deasy. It has also been nominated for eight IFTA Awards in 2016. Here’s the trailer:
The FREE screening + Q&A with writer/director Simon Fitzmaurice takes place on Friday 2nd September at 7-10pm at Tuke Cinema, Regent’s University. The event is organised by Blueberry Creative Consultants as part of the London Screen Writers Festival, and tickets must be reserved in advance here (there are further details about the film and the event via the clickable link too).
Smiley fans who can’t get to the screening will also be able to see him in the first episode of the new series of Would I Lie to You, which airs next Friday 2nd September on BBC1 at 8.30pm. The episode also features TVO faces Bob Mortimer and Diane Morgan. To find out who else is appearing in the new series, have a gander at an earlier post we wrote about the show.