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.
It has not been long since upcoming movie THE PILGRIMAGE wrapped, but already we have been treated to photographs of Richard Armitage, Jon Bernthal and Tom Holland in new stills courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.
The film is being brought to the big screen by Brendan Muldowney and was penned by Jamie Hannigan, which is an Irish production, backed by the Irish Film Board and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland shot on location in Belgium and Ireland.
In the exclusive images we see 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. The relic certainly attracts the wrong kind of attention, which pressures them into joining forces with a knight (Armitage).
It is a seemingly different role for Armitage, who is largely known for his big screen role in Peter Jackson‘s THE HOBBIT Trilogy and can currently be seen on the small screen in HANNIBAL. He is joined in the film by Bernthal who plays a mute member of the holy order who joined the monastery to make penance for his violent past, while Holland is a pious young novice.
No details have been revealed yet about an official release date but what we do know is that footage from the film will be screened to potential buyers at the Toronto Film Festival and the American Film Market, so no doubt more information will be revealed in due course.
And here it is:
Celtic Christianity or Insular Christianity refers broadly to certain features of Christianity that were common, or held to be common, across the Celtic-speaking world during the Early Middle Ages. “Celtic Christianity” has been conceived of with differing levels of specificity: some writers have thought of it as a distinct “Celtic Church” of Chalcedonian Christianity uniting the Celtic peoples and distinguishing them from what would become the Roman Catholic Church after the Great Schism, while others classify it as simply a set of distinctive practices occurring in those areas. Scholars now reject the former notion, but note that there were certain traditions and practices used in both the Irish and British churches but not in the wider Christian world. These include a distinctive system for determining the dating of Easter, a style of monastic tonsure, a unique system of penance, and the popularity of going into “exile for Christ”. Additionally, there were other practices that developed in certain parts of Britain or Ireland, but which are not known to have spread beyond a particular region. The term therefore denotes regional practices among the insular churches and their associates, rather than actual theological differences.
The term “Celtic Church” is deprecated by many historians as it implies a unified and identifiable entity entirely separate from the mainstream of Western Christendom. Others prefer the term “Insular Christianity”. As Patrick Wormald explained, “One of the common misconceptions is that there was a ‘Roman Church’ to which the ‘Celtic’ was nationally opposed.” In German, the term “Iroschottisch” is used, with Lutz von Padberg placing the same caveat about a supposed dichotomy between Irish-Scottish and Roman Christianity. Celtic-speaking areas were part of Latin Christendom as a whole at a time in which there was significant regional variation of liturgy and structure with a general collective veneration of the Bishop of Rome that was no less intense in Celtic areas.
Nonetheless, it is possible to talk about the development and spread of distinctive traditions, especially in the sixth and seventh centuries. Some elements may have been introduced to Ireland by the Briton Saint Patrick, later others spread from Ireland to Britain with the Irish missions of Saint Columba. The histories of the Irish, Welsh, Scots, Breton, Cornish, and Manx Churches diverge significantly after the eighth century (resulting in a great difference between even rival Irish traditions). Later interest in the subject has led to a series of “Celtic Christian revival” movements, which have shaped popular perceptions of the Celts and their religious practices.
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I wasn’t expecting the news that they’re gonna be producing a new action movie set in the year 1209 in Ireland. The film is about catholic monks who are transporting some sort of relic from Ireland to Rome.. The film will be shot over a seven week period on the West Coast of Ireland and then also some shooting in Belgium. The film, which will be called PILGRIMAGE was written by Jamie Hannigan and will be directed by Dermot Muldowney who also helmed SAVAGE and LOVE ETERNAL. The movie will also be produced by Dublin based production company Savage Productions.
I have no doubt in my mind that this film is gonna feature some serious brutality and beautifully choreographed fight sequences.. And let’s face it, when have you ever heard of an action movie with catholic monks as warriors?? If you know me, and you know how passionate I am about film, then you’ll know how excited I am about this film. It’s so good to these guys take a stab at something so unique.
I have been trying to hook people up with new New Zealand Maori warrior movie THE DEAD LANDS. This movie has now been picked for New Zealnds Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. I am hoping that this film will be the same and carry the same authenticity
Still very early days folks, but as always, we’ll be following it every step of the way.
Might even hit the west coast and see if I can find the set!!
EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films has come on as executive producer and worldwide sales agent on the Ireland-Belgium action-thriller from Brendan Muldowney.
The director, whose credits include Savage and Love Eternal, will shoot Pilgrimage from a screenplay by Jamie Hannigan.
The film is scheduled to kick off a seven-week shoot on the West Coast of Ireland and the Ardennes region of Belgium in April 2015.
The story follows a band of 13th century monks on a perilous journey to escort their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome.
Conor Barry and John Keville of Dublin-based Savage Productions and Benoit Roland of Wrong Men North are the producers.
“XYZ is thrilled to play a part in bringing Pilgrimage to life,” said XYZ partner Aram Tertzakian. “It’s a masterful character study of peaceful individuals forced into tense and often barbaric situations. The result is a gripping thriller that offers a glimpse into mankind’s violent past while raising important questions about the role of faith in our world today.”
Pilgrimage was developed with the assistance of the Irish Film Board and will be financed by the Irish Film Board, the Broadcasting Authority Of Ireland, Wallimages and the Wallonia Cultural Fund.
“Savage Productions are incredibly excited to bring together the richly detailed originality and intelligence of Jamie Hannigan’s script with the unique approach that director Brendan Muldowney brings to genre,” said Barry.
“Ireland at the edge of the world in 1209, with all its brutality and conflict, promises a wild and action-packed adventure that pulls no punches.”
Love Eternal recently won the Dublin Film Critics Circle Best Irish Feature Award at the Jameson Dublin International Film. It premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh last summer and has screened at more than 60 festivals including Sitges and Busan.
The XYZ Films slate include Toa Fraser’s UK-set thriller 6 Days and Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers starring Johnny Depp, Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith, Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez.