Netflix have picked up the rights to Irish movie Darkness on the Edge of Town making the title available to over 50 million subscribers across the U.S. and Canada. This deal caps off an extraordinary year for the rising actress Emma Eliza Regan (25) with her gruelling performance opposite Brian Gleeson as a troubled teenager taking the critics by storm.
The dark drama has been on both the Irish and International festival circuit this year taking the young actress to Slamdance Festival in America , France, Transylvania and most recently, Italy, where it played at the Giffoni Film Festival, in the presence of guests such as Orlando Bloom, Mark Ruffalo and Martin Freeman.
A quiet force in the new wave of Irish cinema, the young woman is only beginning to reveal the depth and scope of her talent. At seventeen she began working with the award winning director Ivan Kavanagh (The Canal) – making three features in total including the horror Tin Can Man, an rough-edged family drama called Our Wonderful Home, and then on a breathtaking tragedy called The Fading Light. Though barely released in cinemas, it received five star reviews and won Best Irish Film and Best Actor from the Dublin Film Critics Circle at the 2010 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. Still in her early twenties, an array of challenging and dark roles followed- including Brendan Muldowney’s Love Eternal opposite Pollyanna McIntosh, Randal Plunkett’s Out There and TV series Jack Taylor. She was seen across cinemas this summer opposite Peter Coonan and Killian Scott in Get Up and Go, as well as nabbing the role of a romantic interest to the infamous Pete Doherthy (Babyshambles) in Australian movie The Second Coming and playing a drummer opposite Antonia Campbell Hughes in Fading Away.
However, 2016 looks like her biggest year yet, she has just wrapped the lead role in thriller The Calling for Shoreline Entertainment opposite Hollywood star Dominique Swaine (Alpha Dog, Lolita) and Adam Weafer, which is due for release next year. She has also just been announced as the lead role in British drama Nursery, which she begins shooting in early 2016. She is also in development with her first feature which she self-penned title Wild Summer Nights.