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DUBLIN, Ireland — Spring 2016 — Irish filmmaker Graham Jones, described by VARIETY MAGAZINE as a very talented director, releases a new movie NOLA AND THE CLONES which is immediately referred to by THE MOVIE WAFFLER as unabashedly feminist.

The indie film is encountering a flurry of positive reactions including a very strong endorsement from Pam Grier AKA Jackie Brown and many of these are quoted at the foot of this email.

NOLA AND THE CLONES was made with limited resources and has a considerable sense of realism, not to mention some magic realism. It tells the story of a homeless girl in Dublin who encounters a series of men that appear strikingly similar to one another. Young Irish actress Caoimhe Cassidy (BY THE BOG OF CATS, Abbey Theatre) gives an authentic performance in the lead role of Nola, while a battalion of male clones are portrayed with versatility by Irish actor Joseph Lydon (LOW LEVEL PANIC, The New Theatre).

“Volunteering in a good homeless shelter years ago, I learnt that sometimes individuals who can offer the greatest insight into our society receive the least attention from it,” says writer/director Jones. “The shelter was men-only, though and got me wondering what female homelessness might be like – so over the years I sought to find out. Of course, it’s worse for women because there’s a far greater sexual threat and risk of falling into prostitution, either while homeless or to stave off homelessness. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure if I could make this movie until Caoimhe Cassidy did a reading. But I was very reluctant to give up searching for the right actress because women have always been central to my movies, both in front of and behind the camera and it felt important to honour that. Nola is a strong female character, negotiating her way through a series of very difficult men and we are trying to give her a voice.”

“Working with Graham on NOLA AND THE CLONES was a completely new experience for me,” says lead actress Caoimhe Cassidy. “I had never worked in this way before, which was exciting. As we delved into the mind and world of Nola, I felt safe and at ease, even through some of her darker moments which were demanding at times. There was a lot of trust there.”

“It’s a story that hasn’t been told and because of the times I think it’s important,” concurs lead actor Joseph Lydon. “It was the most challenging and rewarding experience I’ve had. I played several different characters with several different personalities and body types – it was awesome.”


Irish vernacular is hard in places, so English captions are available throughout – just click CC in YouTube

“Graham Jones has repeatedly proven himself one of Ireland’s most intriguing directors. His work is challenging and unapologetically provocative; words that also apply to his latest heroine in this exploration of women, patriarchy and power… Cassidy perfectly captures the frustration of a woman all too aware of her powerlessness…”

“Vastly affecting as Jones delves into the mundane psyche of a young wounded woman searching yet never finding that permission to embrace idyllic womanhood… Cassidy is absolutely riveting as the dejected Nola…”

“The clones are a clever metaphor used by Jones, that represent the type of male Nola not only attracts but is also drawn to… A beautiful little tale that sees a young woman struggling with her gender and with the people around her… Both actors give fantastic performances, especially Caoimhe Cassidy…”

“Love this… Booya Indie filmmakers!”

“A beautifully scripted story and journey that will change the way you look at people…”

“Nola is a revolutionary female character… I hung on to every line in this film, anticipating each reaction. As a female myself, I rebelled from a young age against similar values growing up in a traditional Central American family that to this day believes in the importance of the male figurehead. In fact, I found this completely to be an accurate representation of what it is to be a woman in such situations…”

“I’ve been modified by Nola and the Clones… Caoimhe Cassidy plays the part of Nola incredibly well, to the point where you truly believe that you are out on the streets with her… Joseph Lydon does an incredible job playing the nameless clones… A film that continues to work its magic on me as a young woman, long after the closing credits…”

“Normally I find films like this hamfisted in their delivery of the point they are trying to get across but Writer/Director Graham Jones does it with a gentle touch that makes you feel deeply connected to the character of Nola and it stops and makes you think about how to treat other people. This is helped in a large way by the outstanding acting by Caoimhe Cassidy. She delivers her lines with a professionalism I have rarely found in an independent film and her soulful looks and facial expressions make you believe this character could be a real person living on the street. The other major standout of course is the Clones themselves all played by Joseph Lydon. Lydon’s preference was equally believable in each of his incarnations from the bored cheating husband to the exceedingly creepy final gentleman who hires Nola for a good time.”

“A compassionate, quietly angry film, from a film maker and two players worth watching for further work…”

Nola and the Clones (NR)
1 vote, 3.00 avg. rating (81% score)