Jack Cowhig, producer of short- horror film Rosalyn sat down with us to discuss his new film. We discussed his aspiration for the film and the challenges it has faced to date. He talked about some of his favourite things about Cork and the significant part that Cork has played in the production thus far.

Cowhig a Midleton native living in Dublin, has been working on the project since last October. He told us how the idea for the film initially came about. Rosalyn is a character-driven short horror which addresses pre-partum depression in an unconventional way using the horror genre. It is designed to spark a conversation and address issues relating to mental health. You don’t need to have experienced this yourself in order to see the film. Everyone can relate to the issue of mental health.

The film is set in rural Ireland which allows for the feeling of isolation to form as a demonic creature in the mind of the character Rose. Jack drew great emphasis on the importance of the farm setting during the interview and notes that Meelshane farm which the film is located on was an integral part of the films story line, “The Idea for the project came from the farm and what could be set on a farm, what kind of themes in Ireland people could relate to- with isolation being a big factor. The (Eighth Amendment) Referendum led to an increased interest in pregnancy and so the film tied both of these themes together”.

Jack goes into detail regarding the significance of the film being set in rural Cork, other than the fact that he himself grew up on a farm “The farm setting allows the audience to focus on one character, her journey and that one characters emotions in this setting. There are no distractions away from the story-line”. Though, he admits the films location also brought a number of challenges along with it “The biggest challenge to date in producing this film was bringing people together. There were Logistical problems with housing and feeding thirty crew members. As well as transporting crew and equipment from Dublin to Cork”.

Not only did Jack have a personal link to the film coming from a farming background, but so too did the Director, Olivia. “Our director Olivia’s sister had been pregnant, and she began to feel scared of pregnancy from seeing her sister go through it, it is a topic seldom talked about a glossed over subject, in Ireland we have a closed off idea when talking about our emotions. The ‘Monster’ of the film is her emotions, she is fighting with her emotions and thoughts. So, people can view a new way to look at it”.

Jack finds similarities in his film between the existing Australian horror film ‘The Babadook’ and hopes to share this with its viewers. Jack, a proud Cork native wants to use rural locations in Cork in order to promote more film making in Cork. Jack says his favourite thing about Cork is the people and that when he is home, he enjoys people watching in the English market and coming home to see his friends.

 

To date, the project has been largely funded by an Indiegogo campaign featured on-line. However, in order to complete the last phase of the project a further €1,500 needs to be raised. When asked whether there was any additional support the project needed aside from funding, Jack joked that “A Cork crew would have been nice” he added that people would “come to have a look at the movie and see how Cork has been used to make films”. Additional information on the project can be found through the projects Facebook Page, promotional teaser trailer or from the fundraising link featured above. Details of where funding will be allocated are also included. The target audience for this film is around the 18-25 age bracket, so a more mature audience is required.

If you wish to find out more information about the project or to donate, please visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rosalyn-short-film-horror or view the trailer on-line at https://youtu.be/KJP219ywBvY. Be sure to keep an eye out for Rosalyn which is hoping to be shown in the near future in Cork.