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BACK ON THE BIG SCREEN Wesport’s award winning film producer Martina Niland has a new movie being released this weekend.

Westport producer’s new film will grab your attention


Anton McNulty

The latest film by Westport producer, Martina Niland, about a small island invaded by bloodsucking sea creatures will go on nationwide release this weekend.
‘The Grabbers’ is the latest upcoming film produced by the Aughagower native who produced the Academy Award winning movie, ‘Once’, and will go on general nationwide release this Friday, August 10.
Directed by Jon Wright and written by Kevin Lehane, the comic thriller starring Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Bronagh Gallagher and Russell Tovey is set around an Irish fishing village invaded by enormous bloodsucking tentacled creatures from the sea.
With islanders turning up decapitated and drained of blood, the inhabitants learn that the creatures - called Grabbers - are allergic to alcohol, making intoxicated people toxic to eat. Overrun and under attack, the hopeless locals realize that in order to stay alive they’re going to have to band together at the pub and do their best to survive the night.
The film was shot mainly in Donegal in late 2010 and despite extreme weather conditions including snow blizzards which resulted in the crew being snow bound for a period, the filming was completed in February 2011.
‘The Grabbers’ was premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews with the humour compared to ‘The Guard’ starring Brendan Gleeson. Empire film magazine described it as a ‘romantic but surprisingly scary monster movie ‘ which was ‘a finely crafted tribute to a long-lost style of filmmaking [that] stands up in its own right too’.
Total Film summed it up as, ‘Slimy, booze-soaked monster madness of the best kind. Funny, gory and with some feckin’ good CGI. Grand.‘ while Dread Central said, ‘As intense as it is hilarious [...] this one definitely delivers’.
It held its Irish première in July 2012 as the opening film of the 24th Galway Film Fleadh with The Irish Times saying: ‘Grabbers has an atmosphere all its own: the humour is earthy without being patronising; the action sequences are both absurd and properly exciting’.