Award-winning Irish film “Songs for Amy” is gearing up for its Irish premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh on July 11. The film, which is being billed as a ‘darkly comedic love story’ was awarded the Jury Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking” at the Newport Beach Film Festival on May 1. The jurors said that the film, written and produced by Fiona Graham embodied “the true spirit of independent film making and great cinema”.

“Songs for Amy” tells the story of Seán O’Malley (Seán Maguire), a struggling Galway musician who writes an album for the love of his life Amy (Lorna Anderson), in the hope that he can draw her from the clutches of popstar, JJ (Kevin J Ryan). Keen to dispell any notions of similarity between this film and a traditional rom-com, Konrad Begg, the director says that “Songs for Amy” isn’t concerned with idealistic versions of love and instead, presents a realistic representation of friendship, love, loss, music and hope.

When Sean loses Amy to a popstar, he articulates his love for her, in the only way he knows how – through music. Set in Galway, the film draws on the musical landscape of the West of Ireland, particularly the Burren in Co. Clare and incorporates the musical influences of Bellharbour’s Jim McKee and Kinvara’s Ultan Conlan, whose music features on the film’s soundtrack. The comedy comes from Sean’s bandmates, who try to salvage their friend’s situation in their own misfit manner.

“Songs for Amy” was due to hold its European premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, but due to a technical fault at the Palais, the showing was cancelled, leaving the hundreds waiting to see the movie disappointed and dismayed. 500 other films were showing at the festival and due to this velocity, the organizers were unable to show the feature in another venue. Despite missing this vital selling opportunity for selling the film, the cast and crew are not dwelling on it and “Songs for Amy” will be showing at the Galway Film Fleadh on July 11.

“Songs for Amy” has already sold out at the Galway Film Fleadh, but for those interested, there will be a press day about the feature in Kinvara on July 10.

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