TULLAMORE actor Sam Keeley will be making his big screen debut to the world of film with two appearances at this year’s Cannes film festival.
Sam plays a supporting role in ‘This Must Be The Place’, directed by Oscar nominee Paolo Sorrentino and starring Sean Penn and Frances McDormond, which is tipped to be one of the biggest films to hit the screen in 2011.
The film starring Penn as a retired, Robert Smith-esque rocker who, learning of his just passed father’s torture in Auschwitz, sets out to seek revenge on the Nazi who inflicted the damage all those years ago. It’d be a compelling role no matter what for Penn, a serious and artistic choice based in social justice, but the addition of the Cure-inspired backstory adds a new dimension to the film.
Sam also plays the second lead role of ‘Killen’ in ‘The Other Side of Sleep’ which was filmed locally, directed by Rebecca Daly. Rebecca is the first Irish female director to be chosen to debut at the prestigious Cannes festival.
The thriller also stars IFTA/IFB rising star nominee, Antonia Campbell Hughes (Bright Star) and tells the story of Arlene, a sleepwalker since childhood. Arlene works in the local factory of the small Irish rural town she grew up in. When a young woman is found dead in the woods, Arlene immediately channels her own mother’s disappearance, twenty years ago. Increasingly drawn to the girl’s family her accused boyfriend and grieving sister, Arlene barricades herself in at night, depriving herself of sleep. Deep in emotional turmoil, her sleeping and waking realities soon blur, as the community searches to find the killer.
Sam, eldest son of Brendan and Regina who made his TV screen debut last October in E4’s ‘Misfits’ has also attracted attention from a major Hollywood acting agency. He is currently in intensive physical training for his next production which begins filming in August.