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Volta Pictures & BFI Distribution announce release of critically acclaimed GOD’S CREATURES

Volta Pictures & BFI Distribution announce release of critically acclaimed GOD’S CREATURES in Ireland & UK

Emily Watson as Aileen O'Hara & Paul Mescal as Brian O'Hara in GOD’S CREATURES

Courtesy of A24

Dublin– 18 January 2023. Volta Pictures announces today it is partnering with BFI Distribution to release the critically acclaimed GOD’S CREATURES in Ireland and the UK. The film has been acquired from American studio A24. Volta Pictures will release the film in Ireland first, on 24 March 2023, and BFI Distribution will take it to UK cinemas a week later on 31 March.

GOD’S CREATURES, which premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight, stars Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves, Hilary and Jackie), Paul Mescal (Normal People, Aftersun) and Aisling Franciosi (The Fall) and is directed by New York based filmmakers Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer (The Fits), their feature debut as a directing team. The producer, with her company Nine Daughters, is the multi-award-winning Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly (Lady Macbeth, Ammonite). Shane Crowley wrote the screenplay based on a story he co-wrote with Cronin O’Reilly.

The film picked up five BIFA 2022 nominations: Emily Watson for Lead Performance; Paul Mescal and Aisling Franciosi for Best Supporting Performance; Shane Crowley for Best Debut Screenwriter and Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans for Best Original Music.

GOD’S CREATURES is a quietly devastating drama set on the coast of Ireland. In a windswept fishing village, a mother is torn between protecting her beloved son and her own sense of right and wrong. A lie she tells for him rips apart their family and close-knit community in this tense, sweepingly emotional epic.

The Nine Daughters production was developed with the support of Screen Ireland, BBC Film and A24. It was co-financed by A24, BBC Film, Screen Ireland and the Western Region Audiovisual Producers Fund/WRAP.

Producer, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, said “We couldn’t hope for more brilliant, supportive partners than the BFI and Volta Pictures. Our film has found its home with them. It has been a joy to tell this story with Emily, Paul, Aisling, and the wider cast, all of whom give performances that are both intimate and iconic. We’re so excited to share God’s Creatures with British and Irish cinema audiences very soon.”


2022 / 100 mins / Ireland/UK/US

Directed by Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer

Produced by Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly

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ABOUT VOLTA PICTURES (formerly Element Distribution)

VOLTA PICTURES (formerly Element Distribution) is one of Ireland’s leading independent film distribution companies founded in 2007 by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe.

Volta Pictures offers the best in Irish, Independent and Event Cinema titles. Notable releases include Nick Rowland’s BAFTA-nominated debut CALM WITH HORSES, Lenny Abrahamson’s Golden Globe and Academy Award® winning ROOM, Yorgos Lanthimos’ multi-award-winning THE LOBSTER and THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, Paddy Breathnach’s ROSIE, Dave Tynan’s DUBLIN OLDSCHOOL and Shelly Love’s A BUMP ALONG THE WAY. In 2011, we released John Michael McDonagh’s THE GUARD, which became one of the highest-grossing independent Irish films of all time. Recent releases include Phyllida Lloyd’s Sundance sensation HERSELF and Sasha King’s award-winning documentary VICKY. In addition, Volta Pictures work with leading distributors’ eOne, MUBI and The Royal Opera House to bring their world-class releases and event cinema content to Irish audiences. Other special collaborations include working with Druid to bring Tom Murphy’s version of THE CHERRY ORCHARD to cinema audiences, a first for Irish theatre.

About BFI Distribution

BFI Distribution brings a broad range of films into UK-wide cinemas, from classics and important world cinema titles to exciting contemporary British and European films.

From iconic classics like A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN and MIDNIGHT COWBOY, world cinema classics such as LA DOLCE VITA, THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG, SEVEN SAMURAI, THE 400 BLOWS and LA HAINE, past British films like DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES, MAURICE and NAKED, to contemporary independent new releases, including the BAFTA-winning BAIT, LITTLE JOE, VARDA BY AGNES, LYNN + LUCY, MOGUL MOWGLI, COUNTY LINES, the BAFTA-winning AFTER LOVE, ALL MY FRIENDS HATE ME, EO and ENYS MEN, BFI Distribution regularly provides programmers and audiences with an eclectic and engaging slate of releases.

Films frequently include restored masterpieces (many by the BFI National Archive) previously unavailable for theatrical screenings, such as THE EPIC OF EVEREST, NAPOLEON and SOUTH, and touring packages from directors such as Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini and François Truffaut, enabling regional venues to programme director-focussed seasons themselves.

About the BFI

We are a cultural charity, a National Lottery distributor, and the UK’s lead organisation for film and the moving image.

Our mission is:

● To support creativity and actively seek out the next generation of UK storytellers

● To grow and care for the BFI National Archive, the world’s largest film and television archive

● To offer the widest range of UK and international moving image culture through our programmes and festivals - delivered online and in venue

● To use our knowledge to educate and deepen public appreciation and understanding

● To work with Government and industry to ensure the continued growth of the UK’s screen industries

Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter.

The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Tim Richards.


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