Ireland – Belgium, 2019
Directors/Writers: Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman; cinematography: James Mather; editing: Gavin Buckley; music: George Brennan; producers: Ailish Bracken, Yvonne Donohoe, Katie Holly, Mary McCarthy; production company: Blinder Films
Running time: 94’
Cast: Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Will Forte, Claudia O’Doherty, Jamie Beamish, Terri Chandler, Risteard Cooper.
31st Galway Film Fleadh, Best Irish film
Rose (Maeve Higgins) is a sweet, lonely driving instructor with supernatural abilities called ‘The Talents’ that allow her to communicate with spirits. Rose has a love/hate relationship with her gifts and ignores the community’s requests to investigate bizarre happenings in town. When widower Martin (Barry Ward), haunted by his nagging ex-wife Bonnie, contacts her for help she has to at least consider the job. Meanwhile, aging rock star Christian Winter (Will Forte) has a sinister plan for success – virgin sacrifice. This hilarious must-see comedy is filled with twists, turns, hilarity, exorcisms and haunted wheelie bins.
Filmmakers Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman have been working together under the name D.A.D.D.Y. since 2002 – from early collaborations in graphic design and animation, they moved on to direct many animated and live-action TV commercials, as well as a number of acclaimed music videos and short films Mr. Foley, 2009; The Hatch, 2011). Extra Ordinary is their first feature film.