The sensational CALM WITH HORSES will be streaming on Netflix in Ireland and the UK from today, Monday, 26 October. The award-winning thriller, starring Barry Keoghan, Niamh Algar, and Cosmo Jarvis, will make perfect bank holiday viewing.
Ex-boxer Douglas ‘Arm’ Armstrong (Cosmo Jarvis LADY MACBETH, PEAKY BLINDERS) is the faithful and violent right-hand-man to the drug-dealing Devers clan, ready to dole out beatings at the whim of his best friend, and the family’s unpredictable protégé, Dympna (Barry Keoghan DUNKIRK, AMERICAN ANIMALS).
Arm’s struggle to find his place in the world has consequences for his relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Ursula (Niamh Algar THE VIRTUES, THE LAST RIGHT) as she strives to find a better life for herself and their young son, Jack.
CALM WITH HORSES, a drama set in rural Ireland, is the directorial feature debut of Nick Rowland, whose previous work includes Slap, a Bafta-nominated short film, and television episodes of the BBC prime-time drama, Hard Sun and Amazon’s Ripper Street.
Joe Murtagh adapted the script from a short story in Young Skins, an acclaimed collection by Irish writer, Colin Barrett.
Cast includes Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth, Annihilation) as Arm, Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) as his business partner, Dympna Devers, and Niamh Algar (The Drummer and the Keeper, The Virtues) as Arm’s ex-partner. Cast also includes Ned Dennehy (Mandy, Peaky Blinders), David Wilmot (Anna Karenina, Calvary), and Simone Kirby (Notes on Blindness, Jimmy’s Hall).
DMC Film (Slow West, Macbeth, Assassin’s Creed), the production company founded by Michael Fassbender and Conor McCaughan, developed the project with Film4.
Daniel Emmerson is producing, with Fassbender and McCaughan serving as executive producers, for DMC. Further exec producers are Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures (Room, The Favourite), Sam Lavender, Sue Bruce-Smith and Daniel Battsek for Film4, Will Clarke and Mike Runagall for Altitude, Celine Haddad for Screen Ireland, and Sarah Dillon for the WRAP Fund. Element’s Rory Gilmartin (Rosie) and Kate Glover (Black Mirror,McMafia) are serving as co-producers.
Altitude Film Sales has boarded international rights. Altitude Film Distribution and Element Pictures Distribution are looking after the film’s release in the UK and Ireland.
CALM WITH HORSES was filmed on location in the counties of Galway and Clare in Ireland.