Film Väst’s co-production MY NAME IS EMILY by Simon Fitzmaurice official opening film at The Galway Film Fleadh taking place July 7-12, 2015
Simon Fitzmaurice was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease – the debilitating condition for which the viral ice-bucket challenge raised awareness last summer – in 2008, shortly after his second short film The Sound of People premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Now completely paralysed, Fitzmaurice typed the script for My Name Is Emily, as well as bestseller It’s Not Yet Dark through the movement of his eyes and iris recognition software. The film stars Evanna Lynch, best known for her role as Luna Lovegood in four instalments of the Harry Potter franchise, opposite newcomer George Webster. The cast also includes Michael Smiley (Kill List, A Field in England).
The film was financed by IFB, BAI, Section 481 and TV3 with co-production finance from Film Väst and SVT in Sweden. Producer(s): Lesley McKimm & Kathryn Kennedy. Exec Producer: Jackie Larkin Co-Producer(s): Mimmi Spång, Rebecka Lafrenz, Finn Gjerdrum, Stein B. Kvae.