"Low fat Filmmaking"

By Dearbhla Regan/ Film Ireland

'When you start out with an idea for a film without a penny to make it, you can be very naive and people love to tell you that it will never come to anything', says Ed Guiney...


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


Ailsa short clip

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 releasted 10 July 1994.


Ailsa (1994)