Ireland, 1849. The Great Famine. As a church bell tolls and the gloaming descends, a father and son working the land are forced to confront an ancient evil.
The Gloaming is the debut short horror film by award-winning, IFTA-nominated filmmakers Souljacker. Written and directed by Sean Smith, produced by Smith and Lauren Murphy, with an original score by Choice Music Prize-winning musician Adrian Crowley, the film is about to hit the international film circuit, having screened at Manchester film festival Grimmfest this past weekend.
An atmospheric piece that owes as much to the eerie bogland captured by cinematographer Brian O’Brien (Souljacker) as it does to the chilling story of a father and son stalked by an ancient evil, The Gloaming was shot entirely on location in rural County Cavan, Ireland.
The short film stars local actors Kevin McGahern (the new presenter of RTÉ’s Republic of Telly), Tommy Sharkey (a leading player on Cavan’s amateur dramatics scene and star of forthcoming feature ‘Revenant’) and Kim McCafferty (Pat McCabe & Kevin Allen’s ‘The Ballad of Honky McSwaine’), with Eoin Heaney as ‘the fiend’.
Apart from winning the Best Sci-Fi/Horror at the Dare Underground Short Film Festival 2013, The Gloaming is also an official selection at Sitges International Film Festival 2013, Lisbon International Horror Film Festival 2013, Abertoir: National Horror Festival of Wales 2013, Kerry Film Festival 2013, GrimmFest – Manchester 2013 and Clones Film Festival, 2013.