Netflix have confirmed that Irish movie ‘Calm With Horses’ is to be broadcast on their streaming service from Monday, October 26. The award-winning thriller, starring Barry Keoghan, Niamh Algar and Cosmo Jarvis has been met with critical acclaim since its release in 2019.
The film which was shot across Clare, Galway City and County had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and was supported by the our investment team through the Western Audiovisual Producers Fund /WRAP Fund, Film4, Screen Ireland and Altitude Film Entertainment. The production was assisted by the Arts Office of Clare County Council and ScreenWest.
The movie centres around ex-boxer Douglas ‘Arm’ Armstrong (played by Cosmo Jarvis), who has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family, whilst also trying to be a good father to his autistic young son.
Torn between these two families, Arm’s loyalties are truly tested when he is asked to kill for the first time.
The film also stars Barry Keoghan – who shot to fame in the hit gangland series Love/Hate – and Keoghan has since gone on to land significant roles in the award-winning TV series Chernobyl and movies such as Dunkirk and Black ‘47. Keoghan has also landed a role in the new Batman movie slated for release in 2022.
Calm With Horses is an unflinching, mile a minute thriller underpinned by real heart and emotion. The stunning landscapes of Clare and Galway are captured in epic portions and it is a real showcase of what the West and the WRAP Fund has to offer productions.
Sarah Dillon, Development Manager of the WRAP Fund believes that “Calm With Horses is an unflinching, mile a minute thriller underpinned by real heart and emotion. The stunning landscapes of Clare and Galway are captured in epic portions and it is a real showcase of what the West and the WRAP Fund has to offer productions
Tomás Ó Síocháin, CEO of the Western Development Commission said “ We’ve seen an additional spend of just under €10m for the region through the Wrap Fund which is a very tangible output for the agency. It brings to reality all the work that’s in the region, all the skills that are in the region and builds the profile of the region internationally.”
Speaking about the movie Director Nick Rowland said he hopes after watching it, people feel thrilled and emotionally moved. “Calm with Horses takes place in a dangerous crime world, but Arm’s relationship with his little boy, and his battle in coming to terms with the fact that his son is non-verbal and autistic, is at the heart of the story,” he said.
Cosmo Jarvis meanwhile says “Calm with Horses has deep emotional drama, and visceral, violent action elements,
“Throughout all the terrible things that happen, Arm has to figure out what the right thing is to do. What is important in your life? Who is important?”
The movie was also recently nominated for five Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) including: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Barry Keoghan and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Niamh Algar.