EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a nice first trailer for Irish boxing drama Float Like A Butterfly, which picked up the FIPRESCI Discovery Prize at the Toronto Film Festival.
The second film from writer-director Carmel Winters (Snap), Float was filmed on location in West Cork and follows 15-year-old Frances who has been raised in roadside camps in rural Ireland and wants to become a boxing champion like her idol Muhammad Ali. However, she must overcome cultural and familial hurdles to achieve her dreams.
The film, which is repped for world sales by WestEnd Films, also won the Audience Award in Cork where it had its Irish premiere in November. Starring are Hazel Doupe (Ripper Street), Dara Devaney (Camelot), Aidan O’Hare (The Wind That Shakes The Barley), Lalor Roddy (Hunger), Hilda Fay (The Cured), Packy Lee (Peaky Blinders) and newcomer Johnny Collins.
Producers are Martina Niland (Sing Street) for Port Pictures and David Collins (Once) for Samson Films with funding from Screen Ireland in association with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and RTÉ Television. Cathleen Dore (Snap) is co-producer; executive producer was Lesley McKimm for Screen Ireland.
Crew members include composer Stephen Warbeck (Billy Elliot), editor Julian Ulrichs (Sing Street) and DoP Michael Lavelle (His & Hers). The film was post-produced at EGG Post-production in Dublin.