Limerick director Stephen Hall newest film ‘The Gates’ will make its debut on Friday, November 18 and stars Lord of the Rings actor John Rhys-Davies, pictured above.
Recent work of Stephen’s includes feature films ‘NightShift’, ‘Taking Stock’ and ‘Dark Sacred Night’
By I Love Limerick correspondent Ellie McCarthy
Limerick director Stephen Hall is premiering his new feature film ‘The Gates’ at the prestigious Cork International Film Festival.
The plot of ‘The Gates’ surrounds a serial killer who has been sentenced to death by electric chair in London in the 1890s, but in his final hours, he puts a curse on the prison he is in, and all of those in it. The film follows two post-mortem photographers, turned paranormal investigators, Frederick Ladbroke, and Emma Wickes. The two become embroiled in an investigation with a mysterious medium, Lucian Abberton. They must work together to stop the serial killer’s spirit from escaping Bishops Gate Jail and unleashing the gates of hell on Victorian London.
The new Victorian-era thriller starring Lord of the Rings actor John Rhys-Davies was written by Tim Reynolds and has a fantastic supporting cast who all help bring the terrifying vision of this project to life. “Amongst our leading actors, The Gates is supported by an all-star Irish cast including Peter Coonan, David Pearse, Brian Fortune, Tristan Heanue, Matthew O’Brien & Claire Loy,” said producer Paul Thompstone.
Limerick director Stephen Hall is an Irish writer and cinematographer also. Working predominantly in Film, commercial and advertising projects, Stephen’s recent work includes writing and directing the feature film ‘NightShift’, shooting the 2017 Kildare film award short film ‘Taking Stock’ and shooting the feature film ‘Dark Sacred Night’.
Stephen’s passion for storytelling came from a very young age when his mother bought him his very first camera when he was a child. Since finishing his degree in video and film at the Limerick Institute of Technology (now TUS), Stephen has written and directed many projects for the festival circuit, most recent of which being the international award-winning ‘Sinners’. Coming from a visual effects and cinematography background for television, he has a keen eye for visuals which is what makes his films so enchanting.
“Following years of development along with the gruelling decision-making process of who to partner with, it is a truly indescribable feeling to finally witness The Gates coming to life,” Thompstone added. “We would like to thank 101 Films International and Mad Honey Productions for helping us every step of the way.”
The film will make its debut on Friday, November 18 at 8 pm at the Gate Cinema, North Main Street, Cork. With a second showing on Sunday, November 20 at 2 pm. Ticket prices range from €9.00-€10.50.
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