Live-action Ireland-set pic weaves magic, adventure into contempo plot
LONDON — Global Screen has picked up world-wide distribution rights to 3D fantasy family entertainment pic “The Legend of Longwood.” It will start selling the title at the European Film Market in Berlin.
The English-language production is an adventure thriller about a 12-year-old big-city girl, Mickey Miller, who is destined to break a 300 year-old spell cast on a small Irish town and its inhabitants. On her long quest, Mickey must redeem a mysterious Black Knight and single-handedly save a precious herd of horses from a ruthless woman with evil plans.
The Dutch-Irish-German live-action film is directed by Lisa Mulcahy (“The Clinic,” “The Gift of the Magi”), and stars newcomer Lucy Morton and Lorcan Bonner (“Milo”), as well as Lorcan Cranitch (“Dancing at Lughnasa”), Thekla Reuten (“The American,” “In Bruges”), Fiona Glascott (“Resident Evil,” “Omagh”), Sean Mahon (“Philomena,” “Dark Shadows”) and Miriam Margolyes (“Harry Potter,” “The Age of Innocence”).
Music is composed by Patrick Neil Doyle (“Brave”). Special effects supervisor is Urs Franzen (“Star Trek: Into Darkness,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”).
It is produced by Holland Harbour (“Last Conversation,” “ID:A”) Grand Pictures (“Death of a Superhero,” “Puffball”) and Longwood Pictures.
Julia Weber, head of sales at Global Screen, said, ” ‘The Legend of Longwood’ has all the ingredients for a hit feature: beautiful horses, a magical world, adventure and a strong female hero to attract the kids, mystic settings, history, aristocracy, weddings and romance for the adults, and fanciful themes like magic, malediction, chivalry and black knights. All is nicely interwoven with our ‘real’ contemporary world, and in the end everything falls nicely into place.”
Shooting took place in Wicklow County, Ireland, and Germany last year.