Brendan Muldowney directs this film set in Ireland in 1209AD, following monks who are transporting a mythical relic to Rome. A co-production between Ireland and Belgium, it’s due out in early 2016.
Filming of a new action thriller set in the 13th Century – much of which was shot in Leenane – has been completed.
Award-winning Irish director Brendan Muldowney and up-and-coming British TV and movies stars Jon Bernthal and Richard Armitage were amongst the cast and crew who have been filming in Connemara and South Mayo over the past seven weeks.
Scenes of the stars in mountainous and country terrain are expected to form a major part of ‘Pilgrimage’, which will be heavily promoted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and the American Film Market in November.
It tells the story of a band of monks on a perilous journey to escort their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome – a rock used in the martyrdom of St Matthias, the thirteenth apostle.
When the true significance of the relic is revealed, the journey becomes much more treacherous, and the group’s faith and loyalty to one another are tested.
The movie – due for release next year – also features Tom Holland, who has been shortlisted to play Spider-Man in next year’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’.
As well as the west coast of Ireland, filming also took place in the Ardennes region of Belgium.
The first images have been released of the Irish action thriller PILGRIMAGE, which has just wrapped production in Europe following seven weeks of shooting on the west coast of Ireland and the Ardennes region of Belgium.
Jon Bernthal (Fury, The Walking Dead) and Richard Armitage (The Hobbit, Hannibal) quest through medieval Ireland in the upcoming film PILGRIMAGE, while Tom Holland (The Impossible), who is in the running for the Marvel Spider-Man role, co-stars in the upcoming action release.
Supported by Bórd Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board (IFB), the film from Irish director Brendan Muldowney centers on a group of monks who undertake a pilgrimage to transport their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome. When the true significance of the relic is revealed, the journey becomes much more treacherous, and the group’s faith and loyalty to one another are tested. Written by Jamie Hannigan, PILGRIMAGE benefits from a wealth of Irish talent including Director of Photography Tom Comerford.
PILGRIMAGE is one of a number of films to be produced this year with support from the IFB. DARK SONG, a Welsh-Irish co-production has just gone into production this week. Jim Sheridan’s THE SECRET SCRIPTURE starring Jack Reynor is now in post-production, as is LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny.
Muldowney’s multi award winning LOVE ETERNAL won the Dublin Film Critics Circle Best Irish Feature Award at this year’s Dublin International Film Festival. After premiering at the Galway Film Fleadh last summer, it has screened at over sixty festivals worldwide, including the Sydney Film Festival, Sitges and Busan.
PILGRIMAGE is an Irish production, supported by Bórd Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, with funding from Belgium’s Wallimages and the Wallonia Cultural Fund. Conor Barry and John Keville of Dublin’s Savage Productions are producing the film with Benoit Roland of Belgium’s Wrong Men North.
XYZ Films is executive producing and will represent the film’s worldwide sales rights, co-representing the U.S. rights with WME. They will show footage and promos to buyers at the Toronto Film Festival and the American Film Market.
Glendalough, meaning “the glen of two lakes”, is probably one of the most important locations in Ireland with relation to legend, myth and lore. It is there, at the Monastic Settlement of Glendalough where, the earliest known written Irish stories that survive were transcribed. The Leabhar na h-Uidhre (Book of the Dun Cow) and the Book of Leinster were copied as far back as the 12th century, and are thought to have been created in writing somewhere around the 7th century. Before then, these stories were passed down from generations by word of mouth.
Cast your mind back to March, when it was reported that Richard Armitage was part of the cast for medieval thriller Pilgrimage. As the film has just wrapped, there is pictorial evidence of the man himself, alongside co-stars Jon Bernthal and Tom Holland in new stills supplied via The Hollywood Reporter.
The images – pilgrimages? We’ll get our coat – show the actors as 13th century monks who must escort their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome and find their faith severely tested en route when they discover that the item is not quite what they thought. And it attracts plenty of unwanted attention, which pressures them into joining forces with a knight (Armitage, who’s probably had his fill of armour for a while after the Hobbit trilogy and now this).
Bernthal plays mute member of the holy order who joined the monastery to make penance for his violent past, while Holland is a pious young novice. Brendan Muldowney called the shots on a production that ranged between Ireland and Belgium, working from a script by Jamie Hannigan. There’s no word on a release date yet, but footage from the film will be screened to potential buyers at the Toronto Film Festival and the American Film Market. We’ll take three frames! That’s how it works, right?