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If you're planning on heading to the cinema this weekend, then My Name Is Emily is the movie you need to see.

Former Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch is taking the lead on a roadtrip of a lifetime, and along with laughs and heartbreak, this story is one of truth.

Without sounding super soppy about WHY we love it so much, we've come up with five reason to go see it this weekend:

1. Evanna Lynch

With Evanna's performance in this flick, we can see another Saoirse Ronan on our hands, and we just can't get enough of the Irish ladies at the moment.


2. Ultimately, it's about love

As her father is institutionalised, Emily's love for him shows no bounds (which, let's be honest, if you're close to your dad, might make you sob). It also tells the story of a budding relationship between Emily and her best friend Arden. We all love a bit of romance, right?


3. It's about a kick-ass woman

Emily will stop at nothing to free her father and certainly won't let anyone get in her way. No matter what she faces, she knows she is strong and can get through it. Girl power, huh?


4. The scenes will take your breath away

Whether it's on the beach or in the woods, this movie captures perfect moments. The stunning imagery adds to how moving and emotional the movie is.


5. It has already won awards

The flick is directed by Simon Fitzmaurice and has already won not one, but two awards. In 2015 it was awarded Best Cinematography Award and the Bigham Ray New Talent Award at Galway Film Fleadh. Impressive.


Irish film maker Simon Fitzmaurice made his appearance at the festival to show his film after five long years of hard work.

The director, who has made called by many an inspirational figure, has Motor Neuron Disease. His film My Name is Emily was written entirely using an iris-recognition screen. He then went on to direct the film using the same method and completed the project earlier this year.

The film, which sees Evanna Lynch in the lead role, follows the story of teenage Emily and her Robert on their mission to find her father.

Simon’s opportunity to have his film screened at the festival which has landed him the title of “Ireland’s most promising film-maker.” Speaking about his appearance the 39-year old said:

“Getting to Toronto is the result of a lot of people’s work and support, including Culture Ireland, and I’m so grateful to everyone involved.”

In 2008 he was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease shortly after he finished his second short film The Sound of People. That short went on to be screened the Sundance Film Festival.

The father-of-five refuses to allow his disease to affect his dreams of becoming a feature film director despite the extra challenges he faces.

One of these being the extra costs of travelling to events such as TIFF as he faces higher transportation costs than most others. Culture Ireland sponsored Simon in order to allow him to represent his film in person at the festival.

Minister of State with responsibility for New Communities, Culture and Equality, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD, said:

“Simon Fitzmaurice is a hugely talented award winning Irish film maker and I am delighted that Culture Ireland is supporting his presence at Toronto International Film Festival to attract the attention both he and his film deserve worldwide