About Elizabeth O’Halloran
Elizabeth is an Irish writer based in Dublin. Her first attempt at dramatic writing was writing a school play with a friend about a sheep with foot and mouth disease. She graduated from London Film School in 2008 with an MA in Screenwriting and since then has written several screenplays.
Edie is her first feature film. More information on the film and its journey below.
About the film
Edie was shot on location in London and in Lochinver, in the Northwest Scottish Highlands and features BAFTA nominee Sheila Hancock (Cabaret, Entertaining Mr Sloane) in the most challenging role of her career, as Edie, a cantankerous climber, who at the tender age of 83 and against her daughter’s wishes attempts to fulfil a life-long dream she long thought impossible – to climb a demanding mountain in the Scottish Highlands.
Along the way, Edie employs Jonny (Kevin Guthrie – Dunkirk, Sunset Song) to help her prepare for the gruelling climb ahead – which sparks an unusual friendship. A funny and often inspiring story, set against the stunning backdrop of the Scottish Highlands, the film features two brilliant, playful performances from Sheila Hancock and Kevin Guthrie.
The film received its World Premiere at the 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival, where it was nominated for the prestigious Michael Powell award. It won the International Narrative Film award at the 2018 Cleveland International film festival and was selected for the 2018 Dublin International Film Festival.
As part of her preparation for the film, 83 year old Hancock (now 85) had to train for the physicality of the role which not only involved rowing, cycling and climbing, but hiking and camping with the crew. During the shoot the film’s two leads, Sheila Hancock and Kevin Guthrie and the entire crew hiked across Mount Suilven, camping out over a number of nights.
- Starring: Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie, Paul Brannigan, Amy Manson
- Directed by: Simon Hunter
- Screenplay by: Elizabeth O’Halloran
- Produced by: Mark Stothert
- Cinematography by:August Jakobsson
- Music by: Debbie Wiseman
- Edited by: Olly Stothert
Where can I watch Edie?
It’s been incredible to watch the journey of a small independent film from its premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2017 to cinemas across the UK and Ireland in May 2018 followed by Australia, New Zealand, China, the Netherlands – our current German release – and to the US, Canada and France this September. It’s all thanks to an incredibly supportive audience – thank you to everyone who has supported Edie in so many ways on the journey so far!
Edie is currently available in the following countries: