Search

28/09/2021

Nenagh filmmaker Jo Southwell is in line for script award

News Strapline

Nenagh filmmaker Jo Southwell is in line for script award

Jo Southwell

Tipperary film director and writer Jo Southwell has been long listed for an independent film award scheme for her screenplay idea for a film called Ruth.

Alongside local actor Nadia Lamin, Jo has developed a new film based on the biblical text of Ruth, writes Tom Ryan.

Jo is daughter of Hanorah Kelly of Bruach Tailte in Nenagh.

“I was asked to apply for the pitch recently when one of the producers attended our screening of Portalis, the short I directed for Trench Films.

“This fund depends on the ability to interpret and become inspired by biblical texts. With a degree in Theology and Media it was a challenge I wanted to pursue.”

Jo said that “sometimes the stories we tell best are those we relate to and I feel Nadia can really bring depth and honesty to the character of Ruth”.

She said that if they were lucky enough to move up to the shortlist, they will pitch at Pinewood Studios. The winning film gains the opportunity to travel to LA and pitch in Hollywood.

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.