Award-winning Finnish director Klaus Härö’s English-language feature debut My Sailor, My Love is completing its shoot this week in Achill, Co. Mayo.

It is produced by Kai Nordberg and Kaarle Aho for Making Movies Oy (Finland) and by David Collins for Samson Films (Ireland) with support from the WRAP Fund (an initiative of the Western Development Commission), the Finnish Film Foundation and Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland – among others. The original screenplay is written by Jimmy Karlsson and Kirsi Vikman.

My Sailor, My Love is a great example of the positive socio-economic impact the WRAP Fund – an initiative of the Western Development Commission has on the Western Region, generating jobs and income in the local economy of Achill and County Mayo.

Gillian Buckley, Investment Manager, WDC
On the set of ‘My Sailor My Love’ Achill, Co. Mayo. L to R: Sarah Dillon, Wrap Fund, Lorraine HIggins, Inward Production Co-ordinator, Screen Ireland, Rose Conway-Walsh TD Sinn Féin, Fran Keaveney, Skills Development Executive, Screen Skills Ireland, Actor James Cosmo, Michael Ring TD Fine Gael, Producer David Collins, Producer Kaarle Aho, Gillian Buckley, Western Development Commission, Mary B. Gallagher and Michael Patten, Achill Tourism, Eamon Hughes and Edwina Forkin Samson Films.
L to R: Sarah Dillon, Wrap Fund, Lorraine Higgins, Screen Ireland, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, Fran Keaveney, Screen Skills Ireland, Actor James Cosmo, Michael Ring TD, Producer David Collins, Producer Kaarle Aho, Gillian Buckley, WDC, Mary B. Gallagher & Michael Patten, Achill Tourism, Eamon Hughes & Edwina Forkin Samson Films.

My Sailor, My Love tells the story of Howard, an aging widower who falls in love with his home aide despite his daughter, Grace, not approving of the relationship. Post-production is taking place in Belgium and Finland during the first half of 2022 with delivery scheduled for mid-summer 2022.

The cast includes James Cosmo (Braveheart, Game of Thrones), Bríd Brennan (Dancing at Lughnasa, Brooklyn), Catherine Walker (A Dark Song, The Delinquent Season) and Nora-Jane Noone (The Magdalene Sisters, Wildfire). Pre-production in Mayo took place over eight weeks from mid-July to mid-September with principal photography, mainly on Achill Island, for a further six weeks until the 23rd of October. Just over half of the cast and crew, totaling 85, are based in the West of Ireland. In addition, 150 local extras were engaged during the shoot. Approximately 3,500 bed nights were generated in Achill over the course of the production.

On the film set of ‘My Sailor My Love’ in Achill Co. Mayo. Catherine Walker and Brid Brennan rehearsing with Director Klaus Harro.
On the film set of ‘My Sailor My Love’ in Achill Co. Mayo. Catherine Walker and Brid Brennan rehearsing with Director Klaus Harro.

Producer Kai Nordberg says: “It is important that small European countries can join their resources to create high-end
content for the world market. My Sailor, My Love is very much taking the best out of both countries to make a great film.”

Producer David Collins commented: “Through collaborating with Making Movies Oy, we are very proud and happy at the creative and financial contribution we have been able to make to help Klaus realise his very special vision for this film. Working closely with a terrific cast and crew in Achill and Mayo over the last few months has been a great experience for all of us at Samson.”

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