CIARAN McMENAMIN | Jonathan
“I thought the script was fascinating on an individual character level, and the story is exciting because it’s very relevant. In some ways it’s like a western; these people are cut off in the middle of nowhere. These kind of catastrophic situations are something that people are starting to realise are more and more possible even though we’re living in our technologically advanced world, we are now being faced with the reality that the things we’ve taken for granted may not be kept in place.”
Ciaran graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (BA Acting) in 1998. He was the recipient of the Kenneth Branagh Renaissance Award in June 1997 and also won the Gold Medal at RSAMD in 1998. He has been in several high profile films including To End All Wars and The Last Minute, and he took the title role in the recent critically acclaimed The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce. Last year Ciarán filmed Outcast in Galway, Ireland.
ALEX REID | Hannah
“I would say one of the themes is forgiveness, loss of hope and also not losing hope. Sometimes in tragic circumstances people’s strengths really come out and people tend to come together sometimes rather than unravel. It’s about human nature and the lengths that you will go to survive, but I think there are also some really interesting dynamics within the house; people crack in different ways than you expect them to.”
Alex has had a very successful career in film in Ireland, the UK and beyond. Her film resume includes leading roles in The Honeymooners, The Descent and Jetsam. She has also had leading roles in Wilderness, Love Me Still and Arachnid and substantial roles in Last Orders, Speed Dating and Midnight Drives. She has taken leading roles in several television series including Ultimate Force, Blue Dove and Mobile as well as supporting roles in Casualty, Sorted, Life on Mars and Guineypigs.
RORY KEENAN | Mark
“I was surprised at how similar the location was to how I had imagined it to be, it was almost as if this film was written for here and it went a long way in helping the mood and getting us tuned to where we were supposed to have been for so long. You really get the sense through shooting the film how bad things could get. It does make you think that to keep sane is almost as important as to keep warm and dry.”
Rory has had a long and extensive career in theatre, television and film. Theatre highlights include taking the title roles in Hamlet, Macbeth and The Drunkard. He recently appeared as Ronan in Last Days of the Celtic Tiger for which he won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor 2007. His film credits include Intermission, Ella Enchanted, Reign Of Fire, Close, Gun, How to Cheat in the Leaving Certificate, Flesh and Blood, Benedict Arnold and John Carney’s new feature Zonad.
KELLY CAMPBELL | Katie
“Ultimately the film is about human emotion and the effect the situation has on their nerves and relationships and mood. I think the other little dramas and the interplay between the four of them says a lot about how they cope with the situation and how your priorities change.”
Kelly has had a varied career and is well known to Irish audiences through her leading role as Jane in the ensemble cast of Bachelors Walk, and her recurring role as Ruth in RTE’s The Clinic. Kelly has moved quickly into feature film work with roles in Speed Dating, The Old Curiosity Shop and Wide Open Spaces, BBC series Kingdom with Stephen Fry and Sensation starring Domhnall Gleeson and directed by Tom Hall.