Remote forests contain some of the world’s dark secrets, at least according to filmmakers who routinely set movies in dense thickets to capitalize on their creepiness. Lorcan Finnegan’s debut feature “Without Name” follows Eric (Alan McKenna), a land surveyor in the throes of a midlife crisis, who is tasked by a mysterious client to go on a prolonged survey excursion in the Irish woodlands. Soon, Eric’s comfortably predictable city life is replaced by the chaos of nature. By the time his research assistant, Olivia (Niamh Algar), arrives at the remote cottage where he is staying, Eric has become disturbed by the woodlands, and wonders if unnameable fears will take permanent root in his head. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
The film was developed with writer Garret Shanley and producer Brunella Cocchiglia through the Irish Film Board’s 2014 Catalyst Project. The goal of the project was to give Irish emerging talent the opportunity to create a fully funded feature film. Out of 88 applications, three winners were selected to produce a feature with access to key industry experts who offered mentorship and guidance along the way.
“Without Name” premieres in the Vanguard section at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival on Monday, September 12th.