Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Movie fans eager to see the Mayo-filmed “Wild Mountain Thyme”, which stars Jamie Dornan, Emily Blunt, Jon Hamm and Christopher Walken, can expect to see the production screened in Irish cinemas this summer.

Directed and scripted by the Oscar-winning John Patrick Shanley, “Wild Mountain Thyme” is the film adaptation of Shanley’s Tony Award- winning Broadway stage play, “Outside Mullingar” and was produced by Mayo native, Martina Niland of Port Pictures.

A significant portion of the production was filmed on location in the Crossmolina area of north Mayo throughout October and November of 2019 and many locals feature in it as extras.

Described as a lyrical romance, “Wild Mountain Thyme” tells the story of obstinate star-crossed lovers Anthony (Dornan) and Rosemary (Blunt), whose families are caught up in a feud over a hotly contested patch of land that separates their two farms.

The film fell in for major criticism when its official trailer was released last November.

The poor attempt at an Irish accent by its star-studded cast was one of the main points of ridicule but Dornan and Blunt – who play the leading roles of Anthony and Rosemary – have shrugged off the criticisms, saying it is to be expected.

Blunt has maintained in interviews that she was able to take the slagging lightly as the film is about much more than an accent – it really represents a love-letter to Ireland.

Other criticisms of the high-profile production highlighted the strangely old-fashioned lifestyle depicted in what is a contemporary storyline with characters sporting Aran cardigans, shawls and dirty faces and taking to the water in an antiquated style of boat.

While the film is scheduled for released on all major UK digital platforms from 30 April next, the Irish cinema premiere date cannot be confirmed until Covid-19 restrictions are further eased but is expected to occur this summer.

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