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Mayo producer bringing Hollywood stars home


COMING HOME Martina Niland is producing a major film in her home county.

Anton McNulty

SOME of the biggest stars in Hollywood will be coming to Mayo in the near future to shoot a new film which will be produced by Aughagower native Martina Niland.
Golden Globe winning actress, Emily Blunt will lead an all-star cast in ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’, a John Patrick Shanley adaptation of his Broadway smash hit, ‘Outside Mullingar’.
Blunt, who has starred in The Devil Wears Prada and television film Gideon’s Daughter, for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, will star alongside Fifty Shades of Grey star, Jamie Doran in the ‘mad cap love story’.
The film will be shot in Crossmolina and Ballina between September and November and the film’s production team are looking for adults of all ages and a small number of children for family part scenes in the film.
Wild Mountain Thyme also features Mad Men star, Jon Hamm; Irish actress Dearbhla Molloy, and iconic American actor Christopher Walken, who has starred in over 100 films and television programs including The Deer Hunter, Catch Me If You Can and Pulp Fiction.
Aughagower native Martina Niland’s production company, Port Pictures will be involved in the production of Wild Mountain Thyme alongside Mar-Key Pictures and Likely Story. It is being produced by Leslie Urdang, Anthony Bregman, Alex Witchel and Martina Niland, with Andrew Kramer as executive producer.
The film, which is set in Ireland, follows Anthony (Dornan), who is always out in the fields working and is worn down by the constant belittling from his father (Walken). His father has threatened to bequeath the family farm to his American cousin Adam (Hamm). Rosemary (Blunt) holds a grudge for having been shamed by Anthony in childhood, and the sparks between them fly. Her mother, Aoife (Molloy), strives to unite the families before it is too late.
If anyone is interested in being a paid extra in the film, they are asked to come along to the open casting day on Saturday, September 14 in Ballina Arts Centre from 10am to 4pm. Anyone unavailable to attend should email their details with a recent photo to