Bal­ly­mote na­tive Elva will ap­pear on the sil­ver screen in two films this week in Sligo

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When cin­ema go­ers head for Sligo Om­ni­plex this week they’ ll get a pleas­ant sur­prise to see Bal­ly­mote na­tive, Elva Trill in two films.

The most well known will be Stephen Burke’s, Maze which stars Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and re­counts the es­cape of 38 IRA pris­on­ers from the prison in 1983 but also show­ing for a week will be Soul­smith filmed in the sum­mer of 2015 and which was writ­ten and di­rected by Castle­bar na­tive Kevin Henry.

Elva plays the wife of a de­ceased hunger striker in Maze.

The film­ing of Soul­smith film­ing took place in Mayo and Dublin. The story fol­lows Ed O’Brien, a play­wright based in Dublin who is strug­gling pro­fes­sion­ally af­ter ear­lier suc­cesses. He re­turns to the west of Ire­land for his fa­ther’s funeral, re­con­nects with old friends and with the place he used to call home. En­tirely self funded the film pre­miered to a sold out au­di­ence at the 2016 Cork Film Fes­ti­val, Ire­land’s old­est film fes­ti­val. Fol­low­ing on from this the film played at fes­ti­vals in Derby, Stock­holm, Syd­ney as well as Austin and North Carolina in the US. Film Ire­land called it an ‘in­tel­li­gent film with a lot to of­fer’.

Elva, who has fea­tured in re­cent RTÉ suc­cesses Re­bel­lion and Strik­ing Out stars as Joanne in Soul­smith, who is a child­hood friend of Ed.

Fol­low­ing a two week run in Castle­bar, Co. Mayo Soul­smith will play for a week in the Sligo Om­ni­plex be­gin­ning on Fri­day Septem­ber 29 th. Screen­ings will beat 7pm daily.

Elva (26) says her role in Strik­ing Out is small but one that is build­ing with each sea­son and in many ways so is her ca­reer.

“Two films in my home­town at the same time is some­thing to look for­ward to and I’ ll cer­tainly try to get down for it,” says Elva, now based in Dublin.

And, it’s just not on the sil­ver screen she’s mak­ing a name. She has also struck out in an­other di­rec­tion, the mu­sic world. Elva is a vo­cal­ist with City and Us, an up and com­ing band which also fea­tures Mark Ho­gan, son of well known coun­try singer John Ho­gan.

But, Elva says their style of mu­sic is “elec­tro pop.” And, it’s been go­ing down a treat with many mark­ing the band down as one to watch.

Her love of mu­sic hasn’t clashed with her act­ing ca­reer just yet though so no tough choices to be made. “It has just worked out. I’m very lucky,” she says.

City and Us has head­line a fes­ti­val in Ger­many and has also ap­peared at Elec­tric Pic­nic this year as well as play­ing sup­port to Key West in Bri­tain.

“My heart is in act­ing but I sup­pose it’s in mu­sic too. I’ve been act­ing since I was very small and I lit­er­ally think about it ev­ery three sec­onds,” she says.

Like all ac­tors, Elva can­not re­veal too much about her fu­ture plans such is the of­ten pre­car­i­ous na­ture of the busi­ness.

“There are some nice prospects. I can­not say un­til I ac­tu­ally sign the con­tract,” she says, cit­ing that things in the pipe­line can of­ten not come to pass.

She did how­ever re­veal: “My next step is most likely Lon­don. Maybe I’ve al­ready said too much with that,” she laughs.

The for­mer Coláiste Mhuire stu­dent says she re­ally en­joyed Soul­smith and that it had got great re­views. She de­scribes Kevin Henry’s film as hav­ing “come from the heart.”

Af­ter leav­ing sec­ondary school, Elva headed to Rome for a year where she stud­ied Ital­ian be­fore re­turn­ing to un­der­take screen act­ing at The Fac­tory in Dublin.

She ad­mits she doesn’t get home to Sligo too of­ten but keeps abreast of de­vel­op­ments here. One thing which has caught her eye has been David McGowan’s Quirky Glamp­ing pro­ject in En­nis­crone.

“Now, that is some­thing I’d like to try,” she says.

Elva pic­tured with Matthew O’Brien in a scene from Soul­smith.

Elva Trill in a scene from Soul­smith.

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