Local Actress at Film Fleadh
Oughterard Newsletter August 2013
Oughterard born actress Amy-Joyce Hastings is riding high at the moment, having just come from the world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh of The Callback Queen, a romantic comedy directed by Graham Cantwell set in the London film industry in which Amy-Joyce plays the title role of Kate Loughlin opposite a number of big names including Ger Ryan (Intermission, The Commitments), Mark Killeen (Game of Thrones, 300:Rise of an Empire) and Vicki Michelle (‘Allo ‘Allo).
Amy-Joyce’s directorial debut was also screened at the Fleadh, Nocturne Passage, a short psychological horror starring the IFTA award-winning actress Susan Loughnane, best known for her role in Love/Hate. Nocturne Passage centres on a young artist’s fight to hold on to her sanity in the wake of devastating events. A character study and a psychological horror, the film takes place over one day and also features flashback sequences.
“The Galway Film Fleadh is one of my favourite festivals on the calendar and I love getting to spend a bit of time in Oughterard, meeting friends and family during the week of the festival”, says Amy-Joyce, “I always try to stay for a few days afterwards to recharge my batteries. The pace of life in London can be quite taxing, so it is a blessing to spend a bit of quality time on Lough Corrib, particularly when the weather is so beautiful”.
Amy-Joyce’s grandparents Dr. Kevin Glynn and wife Mary-Rose (née Joyce) will be familiar names to many, and recently Amy-Joyce got the chance to work with world renowned photographer John Carlos on a photo shoot in Gortdrishagh, the family home where she spent most of her youth. “It is such a special place for me, it was wonderful to spend a bit of time in and around a place where I have so many fond memories”, she says, “Working with John Carlos was especially fulfilling, as he is even more of a perfectionist than I am”!
Amy-Joyce is currently performing the role of Miranda in Wexford’s Travelling Light Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
The Callback Queen will be touring the worldwide festival circuit before a nationwide release later in the year.