‘The Dig,’ a feature film produced by Fermanagh native Brian J. Falconer was released in select Irish cinemas last weekend.

Boasting a stellar cast of Moe Dunford (Rosie, Black 47, Handsome Devil), Lorcan Cranitch (Les Misérables, Love Rosie, Dancing at Lughnasa), Emily Taaffe (War & Peace, Beast, Little Bird) and Francis Magee (Game of Thrones, Jimmy’s Hall, Justice League), the debut feature film from Northern Irish directors Andy and Ryan Tohill was released by Element Distribution released on Friday April 26.

Commenting on the film’s release, Andy and Ryan Tohill said: “Our dedicated cast and crew endured winter wind and rain, on the bogland of Antrim for three weeks of creative chaos. It is the relentless passion and professionalism of that team, who forged this film into existence. Now that Element Picture Distribution have joined us on the journey, we are humbled and thrilled to share ‘The Dig’ with audiences across Ireland.”

The narrative follows Callahan (played by Dunford) who, after serving 15 years for murder, returns home to find Sean, his victim’s grieving father, searching for the body on an endless bog.

When Callahan asks the local police officer to remove the man from his land, he soon realises that the police and community want the killer in their midst gone for good.

With no memory of the murder and no way of stopping Sean, Callahan’s only option is to join The Dig. Sean’s disapproving daughter Roberta watches this uneasy alliance unfold and as they dig closer to the truth, Callahan hopes he will soon find the closure he has been searching for.

The Irish cinematic release follows the film’s success at the 30th Galway Film Fleadh in 2018 where it won ‘Best Irish Feature.’ It was also screened at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in Canada.

The screenplay was written by Belfast native Stuart Drennan and developed through Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus scheme with Lottery funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. ‘The Dig’ was shot entirely in Northern Ireland with funding from Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and from post production house, Yellow Moon.