ByAlistair Sim, writer at Creators.co
Alistair Sim

This winter “Grainne Uaile – The Movie” will be released from its ship in Ireland and sailing the festival circuits. A 3 hour epic, written and directed by Ciaron Davies and starring Fionnuala Collins as the infamous pirate queen, the movie was shot on location all over Ireland, North and South, on land and sea.
A violent and gritty retelling of the life of Grainne Uaile, the 16th century Pirate Queen from Ireland. She was a fighter, a pirate and a tough woman, carving her mark in a man's world. This exciting film is violent, dark, brutal, exciting and often darkly comic. The ultimate female action hero steeped in ancient Irish history.
Grainne Uaile-The Movie," is an epic historical adventure based on the real life of 16th Century Irish Pirate queen, Grainne Uaile. It is a savage, ruthless and gritty film exploring the life of this extraordinary woman, who made a huge impact in the ‘16th century Man’s World’ and also left a large imprint in Irish and world wide history, her name became infamous, and her life the stuff of legends.

Fionnuala Collins as Grainne Uaile
Fionnuala Collins as Grainne Uaile

It follows her life from her early childhood, her youthful years as a clansman’s wife, her subsequent career in piracy, politics, intrigue, double dealings, her fight against the powers of the English state and her famous meeting with Queen Elizabeth.

A STRONG FEMALE ROLE

"We wanted to make a stylish and historical movie that was exciting, dramatic and full of adventure, with moments of high intensity and emotion. It was very important for us to show the character of a strong woman in this movie. To move away from the typical stereotypes we have seen in recent years, where women are portrayed as either victims or love interests. The pirate Queen is presented as a tough women, well able to hold her own with the men she commands. She has a feminine side to. It was very clear that we wanted to present a strong empowered woman who an audience would identify with. This is a real story about a real female warrior. One of the most important women in history."
Fionnuala Collins as Grainne Uaile fighting
Fionnuala Collins as Grainne Uaile fighting

Often violent and merciless, with moments of black comedy, Grainne Uaile has the look of a ‘moving Caravaggio painting’ and the style and atmosphere of a Celtic Western. The fighting is closer than any other film you will see, fast paced and fierce. We wanted to create battle sequences where the audience feels involved. Grainne, herself is presented as a very strong woman, fiercer than the men around her, played beautifully by Fionnuala Collins, who exudes a mixture of charisma, style and ferocity.


The movie also features Peter Cosgrove, Leonard G. Tone, Patrick McLoughlin, Robin Twist, Sean Simon, Mark Davis and Martin Savage and Ciaron Davies.

Richard Bingham, Hannibal Lecter meets Genghis Kahn.
Richard Bingham, Hannibal Lecter meets Genghis Kahn.

Grainne Uaile – The Movie is a roller coaster of a ride, set against the rich and complex tapestry of 16th century Ireland, and spanning 70 years of intrigue, drama and violence on both land and sea. The Pirate Queen herself, is a tough, highly intelligent and hard woman, one of the toughest we have scene in cinema. Her enemies are equally as tough and her nemesis, Richard Bingham is a suitably twisted villain, somewhere between Genghis Khan and Hannibal Lecter.

“We wanted to make a movie like the old epics of times gone by, brimming with story, life and characters. It was also important that all the actors performed their own stunts and sword fights. The battles them selves are often elaborate and full of tension. Filming was grueling for the actors and daily shooting was tough and physically demanding, often out in the middle of nowhere in the freezing cold, everyone had their physical abilities pushed to the very limit."
Grainne Uaile fight scene
Grainne Uaile fight scene

Thrown into the mix is an incredibly diverse and interesting set of characters who will make you laugh and cry in equal measure. This bold movie explores, in detail, the life of this extraordinarily complex woman.

Grainne Uaile - The Movie
Grainne Uaile - The Movie

Grainne Uaile – The Movie will be released this winter and the official trailer will be online sometime in October.

Check out the film's Facebook, Production company, or website here.

Catch them on IMDb.com here.

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