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romantic comedy feature film, which premiered at the 25th Galway Film
Fleadh, going on to screen at the British and Irish Film Season,
Luxembourg, Irish Film Festa Rome and a US theatrical run at George R.
R. Martin's Jean Cocteau Cinema.
play is simple and clever, built around the everyday interactions of a
group of crew and a competing set of First Class passengers on the top
deck. ...Funny? Very. There are many interesting scenes exploring
sexual politics - men constantly using, or crossing the line with
women. The cast is split between those that shine and those
feeling their way. Matthew Walker is electric in every scene as Fred
Fleet, the look-out who spotted the Iceberg Right Ahead! too late. Amy
Joyce Hastings is playfully knowing as thieving maid, Violet Jessop. ..
Iceberg Right Ahead! is an absorbing two hours of drama...a play that
entertains, informs and intrigues. The ending is very poignant.
All the crowd-pleasing
ingredients are there - writer Chris Burgess wisely homes in on a
microcosm of social types from the crew and passengers. All existed,
none are inventions, but what is fiction is the first act. Fleet
(Matthew Walker) is a Scouse chancer stringing along a devoted
first-class stewardess Violet Jessop (Amy Joyce Hastings) who
nips around nicking valuables from the toffs at Fleet's bidding. She
gets inadvertently "murdered" by Reg who doesn't know his own strength
- or stupidity - and bunged in a lifeboat only to recover
later... A night to remember. Michael
Stewart, Morning Star
Gold Award, Austrian Golden Diana Festival 2010
Best Film, Guernsey Lily Film Festival 2010
Best British Film, BIAFF 2011
Best Film, AIFVF 2010
Bronze Award, CIAFF 2010
Special Prize, Estonia Tallinn
Official Selection Portobello Film Festival 2010
London Filmmakers Convention 2010
In the wake of a tragic accident, Jack struggles with the guilt of what he has done. As it begins to consume him, he finds himself drawn towards the family of the victim. Dancer is a tale of redemption, of good people doing bad things and, ultimately, the price they have to pay.
Hastings really sells her character Anna's fixation on her marriage particularly through her excellent non-verbal reactions when she realises he is not confessing to some sexual fling but something worse. Dancer is an engrossing, moving, character-led drama. It is a complex piece of work which grows richer with every viewing. American Motion Picture Society 2010
This film demonstrates how a relatively simple story-line can be delivered with power and emotion. This is achieved through high quality writing, thoughtful direction and excellent acting. The film is well acted throughout with each character being played with a refreshing restraint. Best British Film, BIAFF 2011, Paul Kittel, Ron Davis & Ron Prosser
This simple idea develops into a very mature film and utterly compelling watch. The excellent construction and terrific acting deliver a real punch and satisfying, if charged, experience.
This tragic story is superbly executed, with excellent acting by the talented cast, all of whom are totally convincing in their roles.
A first class film which gripped me from beginning to end. The casting was perfection, the acting superb and the script so well written that it flowed beautifully.
As an ensemble acting piece 'Dancer' was excellent. All the performances had a strong natural feel to them, which really pushed this film above the other contenders and the cast deserves praise for this.
Gillian Tidd, Peter Rouillard FACI, David McGuigan & Norman Speirs FACI
Best Film, Guernsey Lily Film Festival 2010
A cast of excellent actors delivering a moving story about the aftermath of a hit and run fatality. Guernsey Press, 21st July 2010
first ever European production of
Pulitzer Prize nominee Craig Wright’s (Six
Feet Under, Lost, Brothers and Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money) dark
humorous relationship drama examining the devastating and often
hilarious confrontations when the demons of extra marital sexual
...real people grappling with their own weaknesses and moral confusions. Here Steve Gunn (David) and Amy Hastings (Cathy) inhabit their roles with conviction, making it easy for the audience to connect with their dilemmas. Gerry Colgan, The Irish Times
The New Theatre
St John's Listowel
April 2006 - Jan 2008
Axis Arts Centre
Dublin Fringe Festival 2006
Premiere of the theatrical debut of award winning poet Noel Duffy, set in New Hampshire and tracing the fallout amongst friends & family after the death of a girl by heroin overdose.
A mesmeric, atmospheric work...Amy Hastings (Lori) and Elaine Reddy (Mrs. Sutton) conjured up magnificently captivating performances...Director Jessica Curtis has assembled a stellar creative team and elicits tender and affecting performances from the cast. Irish Theatre Magazine, September 2006 Issue
The existentialist classic by Jean-Paul Sartre about 2 women and a man trapped in Hell together.
It works best as a showcase for their talents...three very different parts and all of them excellent! ...Interesting and it stayed with me... there were laughs - you feel very good about life when you leave it.
The View, RTE1, 24th May 2005
Amy Hastings as Estelle is very successful.
Alan O'Riordan, The Examiner, 24th May 2005
Sartre's polemic is leavened by Ashmawy's edgy performance and Hastings' portrayal of airy desperation.Declan Burke, Sunday Times Culture Magazine, 22nd May 2005
controversial play by
David Mamet of a power struggle between a student and her university
Hastings is very good as the student, whose vulnerability
draws out the professor, but whose agenda strangles him...both actors
are understated and their performances have a cinematic intensity.
The two actors make a determined stab at getting to the heart of their parts. Amy Hastings successfully negotiates the transition from a nervous, insecure student to a confident, articulate young woman. Sunday Tribune, 13th March 2005
A two-hander which confronts American campus political correctness straight on, it stars beautiful Amy Hastings...This play already opened to rapturous reviews in Cork, the Irish capital of all things cultural.
Sunday Independent, 3rd April 2005
Interview plus photo to promote the Dublin opening
Irish Tour, January - February 2005
double-bill of two satirical,
physical comedies by Christian O'Reilly, presented by Tyger Theatre
Breda Shannon, Irish Examiner, 3rd February 2005
Civic Theatre & Andrews Lane Theatre, Nov - Dec 04
An adaptation for stage of the movie which starred Kevin Spacey and Michelle Forbes, Swimming With Sharks centres around a rookie navigating his way through the cut-throat Hollywood industry.
The acting is strong and convincing, and Amy Hastings and Eoghan McLaughlin do well in supporting roles.
Gerry Colgan, The Irish Times, November 2004
This was a world premiere of a new play developed by The Royal National Theatre Studio in London and staged in Exeter, set in Dublin during the week of the moon landing in 1969.
Lin Coghlan’s challenging play offers great scope for its actors...this world premiere is played out with raw and powerful emotion. Anne Broom, Western Morning News, 20th March 2002
The pick of the performances were very good. Amy Hastings as Aisling’s worldly friend Maggie brought to the stage the palpable excitement of her stay in London. Herald Express, Exeter, 19th March 2002
is a curiously affecting play which refuses to be dismissed from the
memory...Eva Bartley and
Amy Hastings tenderly evoke the flowering of forbidden love in the
shadow of violence.
Davies, Newton Abbot & Mid
Devon Advertiser, 22nd
There are some fine performances...Maggie (Amy Hastings) has already tasted a new life in England and sees it as a new dawn.
Express & Echo, Exeter, 18th March 2002