An Irish made sci-fi with interesting ideas is coming to cinemas next month. After screening at this year’s Dublin International Film Festival, it will be exciting to see another locally grown genre film on our screens. LOLA is the feature debut of Andrew Legge (The Chronoscope), and won the prestigious Méliès d’argent award at the Trieste Science + Fiction Festival last year. It has also been chosen for official selection at a number of international film festivals including Edinburgh Film Festival 2022, Locarno Film Festival 2022, and Göteborg Film Festival 2023.
Set in England, 1941, where sisters Thomasina and Martha have created a machine that can intercept broadcasts from the future. This delightful apparatus allows them to explore their inner punk a generation before the movement comes into existence. But with World War II escalating the sisters decide to use the machine as a weapon of intelligence, with world-altering consequences. Starring Emma Appleton (Everything I Know About Love) and Stefanie Martini, (Prime Suspect 1973), the trailer shows the ominous scenes that unfurl when you mess with the future.
Featuring original music by Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy and shot on 16mm and 35mm film stock, LOLA is directed by Andrew Legge from a script he co-wrote with Angeli Macfarlane (Death of a President) with 16 and 35mm photography by Oona Menges. LOLA also stars Rory Fleck Byrne (This Is Going to Hurt), Aaron Monaghan (Assassin’s Creed), and Hugh O’Conor (Chocolat).
LOLA releases in cinemas on April 7th.