Movie News The Survivalist Video

Mia’s upcoming film, the post-apocalyptic thriller, The Survivalist finally gets a trailer! The film is in Cinemas & On Demand 12 February.

Brought to us by writer and director Stephen Fingleton, and stars Martin McCann as a man who lives alone in a small shack in the forests of Northern Ireland after the world as we know it today ceased to exist. The seclusion, lack of security, and inability to trust anyone in these times has clearly taken a toll on the man psychologically, but when a woman and her daughter (Olwen Fouéré and Mia Goth) show up one day, things change for the man that could ultimately threaten the small refuge he’s built over the years.

The prequel short was actually made as kind of a proof of concept project in order to secure funding for the feature film. As Fingleton explained on his website:

As part of the funding process from the BFI for getting support for THE SURVIVALIST, I was asked to make a ‘promo/trailer’ for the film. What I decided to do with my producers at The Fyzz was make a short prequel set in the world of the film. MAGPIE was the result.

It’s a great taster for the world we are going to create with THE SURVIVALIST. It stars the inimitable Martin McCann, Mia Goth and Olivia Williams. MAGPIE was produced by Wayne Marc Godfrefy and Robert Jones through their company The Fyzz Facility.

Gallery Additions News Headlines The Survivalist

Stephen Fingleton was named in the outstanding debut category of the British Academy Film Awards for The Survivalist. It was shot entirely in Northern Ireland and is a post-apocalyptic thriller set in a world where resources have run out.

The feature received critical acclaim following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. It will be released in cinemas and on-demand on February 12. Mr Fingleton tweeted: “Very happy that The Survivalist has been nominated for a Bafta for best debut.”

Nominations for this year’s Bafta film awards were announced on Friday morning by Stephen Fry. Richard Williams, chief executive of development body Northern Ireland Screen, said: “We are immensely proud of Stephen Fingleton and offer our huge congratulations to him and all the talented crew that made The Survivalist.

“A Bafta nomination, a Bifa (British Independent Film Awards) win and incredible critical acclaim are amazing endorsements for a new writer/director.

“The Survivalist is a wonderful film and we are delighted to have been able to support it from its early script development stage.”

The Bafta nomination follows the British Independent Film Awards where Fingleton was named best debut director. The Survivalist was developed with the support of the British Film Institute Film Fund and Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus Scheme. It boasts what Northern Ireland Screen hailed as stellar performances from Martin McCann (’71, Shadow Dancer, X+Y), Mia Goth (Nymphomaniac Part II, A Cure For Wellness) and Olwen Fouere (This Must Be The Place).

The Bafta ceremony will take place on Sunday February 14 at the Royal Opera Housein London’s Covent Garden.

Gallery Additions The Survivalist

We have added a portrait photoshoot from the Tribeca Film Festival 2015 to promote The Survivalist.

Gallery Additions The Survivalist

The Survivalist had its first screening at Tribeca. Watch the first clip below and check out the phots of Mia on the red carpet in the gallery!

The Survivalist

A forest near the Co Antrim town is the location for a terrifying new post-Apocalyptic film set in Northern Ireland. Maureen Coleman joins stars Martin McCann and Mia Goth as they shoot the final scenes.

The ruthlessness of survival in a post-apocalyptic world is the main theme of a new thriller shooting in Northern Ireland. Written and directed by Enniskillen-based 2013 Screen Star of Tomorrow Stephen Fingleton, The Survivalist is a story of one man living alone on a farm in a time of starvation.

His isolation is shattered with the arrival of two visitors, a mother and her teenage daughter, desperate for food. When the mother offers up her daughter, an uneasy arrangement ensues. The farm then comes under attack from outsiders, forcing the trio to work together to survive, developing loyalties which will be tested when food runs short.

The dystopian movie stars Belfast actor Martin McCann (The Pacific, Closing The Ring, Killing Bono) in the title role, with up-and-coming actress Mia Goth, girlfriend of Hollywood hellraiser Shia LaBeouf, playing his love interest, Milja. Award-winning stage actress Olwen Fouere plays her mother, Kathryn.

Filming of The Survivalist began early last month and was expected to wrap this week, with most of the scenes shot in a forest outside Ballymoney.

McCann’s character, whose name is never revealed, has set up home in a makeshift cabin in the heart of the woods. He grows food on a small farm – protecting his land from thieves and foragers with man traps and a shotgun. The long years of living alone have taken a toll on him and he starts to lose his grip on reality. As his feelings for Milja grow, her mother schemes to take control of the farm.

It’s a hugely different role from any 30-year-old McCann has taken on before. First of all, there are the sex scenes, which McCann has never tackled in the past, but says are almost obligatory for an actor. And he had to change his appearance as well, consulting the same nutritionist Michael Fassbender turned to for help when shedding several stone to play Bobby Sands in Hunger. McCann’s weight loss was not as dramatic, but he had to look convincing as a man living off the fruits of the land.

The IFTA-winning actor first came to the attention of writer and director Fingleton when he was cast to play a forager in a short pilot called Magpie, which acted as a precursor to The Survivalist. Fingleton was impressed with McCann’s performance and invited him back to play the title role in his first feature film.