By David Hennessy
In recent years, Irish actress Emma Eliza Regan has impressed in Ivan kavanagh’s award winning The Fading Light as well as the IFTA nominated Death of a Superhero. The short film she starred in, Out There, has been lauded as the Best Short Film at the Movie Days Horror Convention in Dortmund, Germany.
She has also taken the lead role in Colin Downey’s fantasy film, The Shadows and Tin Can Man, also by Ivan Kavanagh, which took special prizes at many film festivals.
The Galway born rising star has recently shot Out of Here, featured in last week’s Irish World, and The Second Coming opposite Libertines frontman, Pete Doherty.
Her TV work includes roles in Jack Taylor: The Sorrows and the IFTA winning Aislings Diary and IFTA award winning series 9196 Seachtair Na Casca.
Emma is also a founding member of the actors’ studio, The Factory, who work alongside directors such as Jim Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan and John Carney.
Currently based in Dublin, Emma studied ballet in London and as a performance artist, is known for her work with the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. She has exhibited her work at Hoxton Art Gallery and Cork Street Gallery in London and was selected for the prestigous Jotta Marylebone Art Gallery Remasteredi Intel Exhibition.
The Irish World recently caught up with Emma and asked her first of all, what it was that got her interested in Donal Foreman’s Out of Here? “What really attracted me to the idea of the film was the fact that I could personally relate to the story. There can be times where I doubt myself and my decisions and wonder if I will ever find a place of contentment, so the fact that an Irish director wanted to express that twenties-inner-turmoil in a film certainly got me interested. I had some understanding of the director’s voice was and what it was he was attempting to express in the film.
“Like the central character, I was a bit lost and questioning should I move back to London and pursue acting there, or stay here, and I was also a bit confused over a relationship, disillusioned with my opportunities in Ireland.
“Also, Irish cinema has been saturated with stories from inner city Dublin culture, and there has been so many films like Adam & Paul, In Between The Canals, Intermission and TV series like Love/Hate about drugs and violence, and as a person who didn’t have any experience in that society, I could never really relate to those stories,and frankly I don’t think that you neccesarily need to be in young, pregnant and in a flat injecting heroin to be interesting enough to make a film about.
With Out Of Here, Donal was making a film about regular middle class, educated, artistic young people- who went to college, went to live gigs and house parties, had exes they still thought about, wanted to travel the world, find a place to call home. These were the everyday characters and people I personally could relate to- and I liked that someone was finally making a film about that very vibrant culture in Dublin. I think there is the space for all sorts of cultures in Ireland to be seen in our films.”
For the full interview, see the April 20 edition of The Irish World.