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Limerick man Steve Hall strikes gold with his debut feature: Nightshift

Limerick man Steve Hall along with Paul Thompstone aimed big with their first feature film: Nightshift. A still from the gripping horror story.

Limerick man Steve Hall strikes gold with his debut feature: Nightshift

by ilovelimerick correspondent Simran Kapur 

Limerick man Steve Hall along with fellow producer Paul Thompstone is riding high on the success and worldwide release of their debut feature film, Nightshift.


Nightshift a gripping horror story of a young American girl, will take over film screens across the globe over the next year.

The film follows the life of an American girl Amy, who starts working a night shift at an Irish Hotel oblivious of its dark past. The story will chill your bones when Amy gets trapped on the fifth floor of the hotel and relives the horrors of one gruesome night.

Limerick woman Ashleigh Dorrell makes her way into feature films as the main character Amy in this horror film.

Director Steve Hall expressed his views on horror films: “What I hate about horror films is when characters do stupid things and make the obvious mistake. I made mine in a different way which made sense, some of those noises she tries to investigate has to be checked up on due to her role as a staff member at the Hotel.”

A majority of the film’s cast is local, including Mungret’s Nigel Mercier. Actors Matthew O’Brien and Angel Hannigan too feature in the film.

All set to be distributed by Sony Pictures throughout North America, The Limerick City Hotel, The George Hotel and Ennis’ Old Ground are the Limerick sights that feature in the film.

Young and promising first-time director Steve Hall confirmed that Nightshift will be released on DVD-Bluray in Ireland Tuesday, January 1, 2019. A possible release on Netflix and Amazon Prime is also hoped for.

Limerick man Steve Hall

Richard pictured with Limerick filmmaker Steve Hall. Picture: Caleb Purcell/ilovelimerick.

“I’m waiting for when I can walk into a shop and buy it for it myself, maybe then the feeling would finally sink in!” Mr. Hall exclaimed.

Hall a Limerick boy himself, did a video and sound course at LIT and has been trying his hand at short films and little skits from when he was only 16.

“Paul and I have been making stuff for years so I have been collecting pieces of equipment along the way. In the end, we didn’t have to rent out anything. Directing is a stressful job, I took a back seat from cinematography and let Niall Coley my friend and colleague in the past take over as cinematographer.”

Hall enjoyed working immensely and as directors would agree, his role was a difficult one. “Once we wrapped up the film I took one day off just to sleep for sixteen hours straight. That year Paul and I were going to Cannes and I had only ten days to have some content ready for the distributors. I worked non-stop, even slept on my office floor and had a trailer ready. When at Cannes we decided to approach the biggest kiosk at Cannes, since then there has been no looking back,” An excited Steve said.   

Nightshift is said to release across the Middle East, Scandinavia, China, Vietnam, Taiwan and India although no specific day has been announced. According to Hall the biggest strength of the film is the Limerick connect.

“The role of a Director is absolutely exhausting and when you actually see your words come to life and the crew nailing it, it is truly the best feeling,” Mr. Hall said.

Steve is just about finishing the last page of his next horror film and is eager to make his mark in the world of filmmaking. 

For more information on Nightshift go here

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Limerick man Steve Hall

Limerick man Steve Hall

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.