Ailsa (1994)

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Miles Butler lives an uneventful life with his girlfriend Sara until he discovers the body of his landlord in a neighbouring apartment, which makes a deep impression on him. His curiosity is aroused when a beautiful stranger moves in and his fascination with the vacant apartment develops from quiet fixation to obsession to psychosis.

  • Adapted from Joe O’Connor’s short story of the same name in his collection, True Believers.
  • Made in seventeen days in 1993 on location in Dublin at a cost of £250,000.
  • The film was originally produced for television but had theatrical showings in Europe and the United States, where it was released 10 July 1994.
Miles Butler
Joe O’Connor
Paddy Breathnach
Ed Guiney, Stephen Bradley, Kathryn Lennon
Production Company: 
Temple Films & WDR
Sponsored by:
Radio Telefís Éireann/RTE and the Bórd Scánnán na hEireann/Irish Film Board
Additional Cast:
Andrea Irvine, Darragh Kelly, Juliette Gruber, Gary Lydon, Blanaid Irvine, Niall O’Brien
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