The Daisy Chain (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Daisy Chain (2008)
  • Rate: 5.2/10 total 424 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 16 April 2010 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: UK:89 min
  • Filming Location: Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland
  • Director: Aisling Walsh
  • Stars: Samantha Morton, Steven Mackintosh and Mhairi Anderson
  • Original Music By: David Julyan   
  • Plot Keyword: Police | Drowning | Hospital | Car Crash | Evil Child

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Lauren Mackenzie  writer

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When Martha is on the bathroom floor dead, the actress's abdomen moves as she breathes.

    Plot: A grieving couple move to a remote Irish village in the wake of their baby daughter's death. They soon take in an orphaned autistic girl, only to become involved in a series of strange occurrences. Full summary »  »

    Story: Martha, an emotionally fragile mother, who moves to a remote Irish village with her husband Tomas following the tragic death of their baby daughter. Whilst there, the couple decide to take in a disturbed and orphaned autistic girl called Daisy. Uncommunicative and greatly scarred by the violent death of her parents, Daisy gradually warms to her new surroundings. But, as a series of strange occurrences begin to be linked to the little girl, Martha and Tomas begin to hear rumors from the locals that Daisy might be something far more malevolent than she seems.Written by Marisa_Gabriella  


    Synopsis: From the critically acclaimed director of Song For A Raggy Boy, and starring double Oscar-nominee Samantha Morton, THE DAISY CHAIN is a chilling supernatural thriller of obsession, superstition and fear. Blending the unsettling atmosphere of The Wicker Man with the terrifying scenario of Rosemarys Baby, THE DAISY CHAIN explores the dark side of the heart in a way that will devastate audiences everywhereTomas and Martha are a couple still in the fresh grip of young love, despite suffering a recent tragedy that has left them heartbroken. Resolute and etermined to get on with life, the pair decide to move back to Tomass home village in the remote Irish countryside, keen to start afresh and to put their unspoken devastation behind them.As Tomas always hoped, Martha is instantly won over by the breathtaking beauty of their new home. Perched on the cliffs above the North Atlantic, the village is as quaint and as peaceful as they could have hoped – the perfect place to settle down for the imminent birth of their second child.But tragedy seems to have followed them. Not long after their arrival, they are shocked by the apparent suicide of another young couple also recently bereaved following the mysterious death of their son who set fire to their home in a strangely ritualistic act of violence. Their seven year old daughter survived the fire. Her name is Daisy.Appalled by this turn of events, Martha sees Daisy as a lost soul in need of love and support, and she quickly persuades Tomas to let the young child stay in their new home. Uncommunicative and clearly disturbed by the tragedy that befell her parents, Daisy is a strange and unsettling presence in their life, but Marthas own tragic history and a growing sense of insecurity makes her recognise the damaged young girl as a kindred-spirit, who can be nursed back to happiness with love and affection.But soon, the whispering starts. The locals, steeped in folktales, mythology and superstition, begin to question Daisys origins. They tell stories of faeries and changelings, local malevolent spirits that spoil crops, sour milk, steal children But Martha doesnt understand surely they can see that Daisy is just a troubled young girl? An innocent child, cruelly victimiised by her parents, and then witch-hunted by a perverse and outdated community, governed more by superstition than by reason. Daisys just an innocent young child. Isnt she? In the tradition of The Others and The Omen, THE DAISY CHAIN delivers an emotional and terrifying punch.emotional and terrifying punch. [D-Man2010]

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    Produced By:

    • Graham Begg known as executive producer
    • Jamie Carmichael known as executive producer
    • Linda James known as executive producer
    • Tristan Lynch known as producer
    • Aoife O'Sullivan known as co-producer
    • Meinir Stoutt known as co-producer
    • Dominic Wright known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Samantha Morton known as Martha Conroy
    • Steven Mackintosh known as Tomas Conroy
    • Mhairi Anderson known as Daisy Gahan
    • David Bradley known as Sean Cryan
    • Eva Birthistle known as Cat
    • Brendan McCormack known as Shay
    • Zoe Sheridan known as Eva
    • Flora Montgomery known as Orla Gannon
    • Orlaith Macqueen known as Lucy Gannon (as Orlaith McQueen)
    • Ron Donachie known as Doctor Ferguson
    • Valerie O'Connor known as Jenny Gahan
    • Patrick Moy known as Jim Gahan
    • Barry Barnes known as Sergeant Riley
    • Maire Hastings known as Trish Carter
    • Gary Murphy known as Matt Brennan
    • Siobhán O'Kelly known as Margaret Lindsay
    • Karen Ardiff known as Joan Byrne
    • Fionnuala Murphy known as Helen Devine
    • Elunid Jones known as Care Home Worker
    • Joanne Thomas known as Girl at Care Home
    • Hilary Reynolds known as Social Worker
    • Yvonne Scanlon known as Social Worker
    • Fiona Condon known as Miss May
    • David Keating known as School Boy
    • Matthew McDonagh known as Cowboy
    • Anthony Murphy known as The Gard

    ..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

    • Linda Mooney known as makeup designer

    Art Department:

    • Sian Bundy known as stand-by props
    • Andrew Freeman known as construction coordinator
    • Alan Jones known as carpenter
    • Daithi Magner known as dressing props
    • Sarah McLoughlin known as stand-by art director


    Production Companies:

    • Subotica Entertainment

    Other Companies:

    • Broadcasting Commission of Ireland  funding
    • ContentFilm International  funding
    • Film Finances  completion guarantor
    • Fuji Photo Film  motion picture film supplied by
    • Irish Film Board  funding
    • Limelight Communication  funding
    • Screen Scene  post-production
    • Shoot NI  cell phones and walkies
    • Wales Creative IP Fund  funding


    • Wild Side Films (2009) (France) (theatrical)
    • EuroVideo (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
    • Filmes Lusomundo (2009) (Portugal) (all media)
    • Image Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
    • Media Pro Film Distribution (2009) (Romania) (all media)
    • Monolith (2009) (Poland) (all media)
    • Officine UBU (2010) (Italy) (all media)
    • Paradox Entertainment Group (2010) (Canada) (DVD)
    • PlayArte Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)
    • Spentzos Films (2009) (Greece) (all media)

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    Special Effects:

    • Team FX

    Release Date:

    • UK 9 October 2008 (Raindance Film Festival)
    • Germany 8 February 2009 (European Film Market)
    • UK 20 February 2009 (Glasgow Film Festival)
    • Ireland 21 February 2009 (Dublin Film Festival)
    • Brazil 25 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Denmark 17 April 2009 (CPHPIX Festival)
    • USA 13 April 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • Ireland 16 April 2010
    • Russia 25 May 2010 (TV premiere)

    MPAA: Rated R for some language and disturbing content,


    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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