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Entertainment / March 19, 2021

Letitia Wright and Josh O’Connor join forces in Frank Berry’s film about Direct Provision

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Entertainment / March 19, 2021

Letitia Wright and Josh O’Connor join forces in Frank Berry’s film about Direct Provision

By Emily Mullen

Director Frank Berry once again lifts the lid on the disgraces of contemporary Irish society

Two of the UK’s rising stars Letitia Wright (Black Panther) and Josh O’Connor (of The Crown fame) have joined forces to depict Frank Berry’s latest film. Set in Ireland, Provision depicts Ishtar Adresse (played by Wright), as a young Nigerian woman fleeing persecution who ends up spending two years in Irish Direct Provision. While facing the constant threat of deportation, Ishtar befriends a security guard (played by Connor) while in the asylum system. When the pair’s connection grows so too does the realization that they can’t be together.

Through his work on Michael Inside, I Used to Live Here and Ballymun Lullaby, Berry is well known for shining a light on some of the shameful aspects of Irish contemporary society.

Shooting is due to start in Ireland next month according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A representative from Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland told District that they have been working with director Berry for “the past few years” and that “[they] have contributed a lot to it from the start till now”.

For more information on Direct Provision read Dean Van Nguyen’s piece on ending it here.