Author Archives: Chris Patrick-Simpson

An update

My blog has been a bit neglected of late, but I’m delighted to have been busy in the meantime on some great new projects, all of which I’ll write about in the coming weeks.

Mrs Brown's Boys D'MovieThe world premiere of Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie in Dublin was great fun and I really enjoyed meeting up with the cast and crew from the shoot. After a massive opening weekend, with box office records being broken in the UK and Ireland, the film continues to prove popular with audiences.

Shooting for Socrates

I attended a screening of Shooting for Socrates at the Galway Film Festival in July. The film, described as a David versus Goliath story of when Northern Ireland met Brazil in the 1986 World Cup, is due to be released later this year. The cast includes John Hannah, Conleth Hill and Bronagh Gallagher and I play ‘Spud’, one of the team’s most devoted supporters!

Halo: NightfallIt was very exciting to be part of the Halo phenomenon, and to film Halo: Nightfall at the start of the summer. Sci-fi is something of a departure from anything I’ve done before, but the experience was thoroughly enjoyable and I’m looking forward to seeing the finished article.

Finally, having signed with Identity Agency Group earlier this year, it already has proved to be a positive move with a number of successful auditions under my belt since joining them. I’m looking forward to developing my relationship with the agency and really can see exciting times ahead. Stay tuned!

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Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie

Chris Patrick-Simpson

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Over the last month I’ve been working away on one of the funniest and most brilliant experiences I have ever had the pleasure of working on during my career. Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie was great.

When talking to the BBC website Brendan O’Carroll revealed his joy at filming the show in Dublin: ‘Following the international success of recent Irish films it’s delightful to be bringing Agnes Brown and family back to her rightful home at last. It’s amazing to see Mrs. Brown go from radio to books to plays to television and now to film. It just shows that I know a bandwagon when I see one.’

In the film Agnes Brown finds her livelihood under threat from a ruthless developer and she and her family embark on a campaign to save her stall, aided by a motley troop of blind trainee Ninjas (one of which I play), an alcoholic…

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Warp Films – 71

imageRecently I finished work on Warp Films’ new feature 71, directed by Yann Demange.

The 1971-set film follows a teenage British soldier who has to navigate the dangerous Belfast streets after he is accidentally left behind by his unit.

The original screenplay is written by the award-winning playwright Gregory Burke.

I was delighted to play a role in this highly anticipated feature film and look forward to seeing the final product when it’s released in the UK on 10 October 2014.

Watch the official trailer:

Or check out this clip from the film, released prior to the film’s showing at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year:

Respite At Christmas

ImageAfter a few test shoots with Focus Productions I was asked to play the role of Jim in their latest film Respite at Christmas.

All filmed locally, the film is set in the Ardennes forest during the Christmas of 1944. A widowed mother attempts to bring together two unlikely guests.

Filled with a great cast and crew – and with help from a war re-enactment society for authenticity – hopefully you’ll enjoy the final product  as much as we did making it!

There will be a free screening of Respite at Christmas this Saturday at 11am at the Odeon Cinema, Victoria Square, Belfast. Hope to see you all there.

Here’s a teaser of what’s in store for you!

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie

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Over the last month I’ve been working away on one of the funniest and most brilliant experiences I have ever had the pleasure of working on during my career. Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie was great.

When talking to the BBC website Brendan O’Carroll revealed his joy at filming the show in Dublin: ‘Following the international success of recent Irish films it’s delightful to be bringing Agnes Brown and family back to her rightful home at last. It’s amazing to see Mrs. Brown go from radio to books to plays to television and now to film. It just shows that I know a bandwagon when I see one.’

In the film Agnes Brown finds her livelihood under threat from a ruthless developer and she and her family embark on a campaign to save her stall, aided by a motley troop of blind trainee Ninjas (one of which I play), an alcoholic solicitor and a barrister with Tourettes syndrome.

It features all the familiar faces from the popular television show, with cameo roles from former Irish rugby international Shane Byrne and broadcaster Joe Duffy.

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie is set for release 27th of June 2014. Heres a trailer to keep you going until then!

On the Wall

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Early this year I teamed up again with the makers of 2p for another project On the Wall.

On The Wall tells the story of a female thief being followed through the streets of Belfast by a secret admirer. Only this admirer happens to have a secret of his own.

It’s entered into the Virgin Media Shorts competition.

The film is 2 minutes long – have a look and share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

http://www.virginmediashorts.co.uk/film/5130/on-the-wall#.UfZcrFOr-_V

Ripper Street…

Ripper-Street-BBC-AmericaIt’s not very often you get to work on a TV series you love but this week I did as I started work on Ripper Street.

Ripper Street is a BBC TV series set in Whitechapel in London’s East End in 1889, six months after the infamous Jack the Ripper murders. The series stars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg.

Keep an eye out for me in Season 2 in 2014!

PG Wodehouse, An Innocent Abroad?

ImageI got the opportunity to work on BBC4’s biopic drama Wodehouse in Exile.

Featuring an all-star cast including Tim Piggot-Smith as PG Wodehouse and Zoe Wanamaker, it tells the story of how the author PG Wodehouse came to face a charge of treason during the Second World War and how this quintessential Englishman, creator of Jeeves and Wooster, became an exile from his own country, never setting foot on English soil again.

The production was aired on BBC4 and was filmed entirely at various locations in Belfast and around the North.

 

To Lose Control – Page to Screen and Behind the Scenes

ImageFriday and Saturday will see the culmination of a lot of hard work from a bunch of very talented people.

To Lose Control will have launch screenings for cast, crew, friends and family. The amount of help and support that people and companies have given this project has been overwhelming and I would just like to say a big thank you for all of it!

As you’ve probably heard before the seeds were sown on this project around this time 2 years ago and 6 months ago, after a long week, we finished principal photography.

This for me is definitely one I’m very proud to be involved with: to collaborate with someone on such a personal project was an honour and I hope I’ve done the material justice.

Here’s a ‘Behind the Scenes’ video for a bit of an insight into the production:

The screenings will take place on Friday at 5.30pm sharp at Queen’s Film Theatre Belfast and  at the Moviehouse Dublin Road at 10.30am. If you would like to attend any of these they are both FREE, just email tolosecontrol@gmail.com and RSVP.

Hope to see you all there!

To Lose Control… Wrapped!

18 months ago I met director and Marty Stalker and we talked about his pet project To Lose Control. Last week all that talk came to fruition and we completed principal photography on the project.

Here’s the synopsis and trailer of the movie…

After nearly ten years of military service including operations in several war zones, a former elite soldier Chris Draper struggles to deal with P.T.S.D. after leaving the armed forces. He decides to find a cure and explores a once controversial treatment of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing before he loses control completely.

We started on Monday and the biggest task was to make a quarry outside Newcastle Co. Down look like a military compound in Afghanistan. We were very lucky to have Jim Sherrard as part of the team, as he did an awesome job recreating “JTAC Hill” (or Hamburger Hill as I liked to call it).

When the cameras rolled pyrotechnics just kept coming and with two large speakers blasting out war effects we definitely got a feel and taste of war. 

After Monday’s actual explosions the rest of the week was full of emotional ones, and they were probably the hardest to shoot. On various locations, and with a great supporting cast and crew, we made it to the therapy with Maggie Cronin, one of the stars from Terry George’s Oscar-winning film The Shore.

This has definitely been one the best experiences of my career and it should be a rollercoaster of a ride for the audience when it’s released. I just wanted to finish off by saying a big thank you to everyone involved – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Please follow the To Lose Control Facebook page and Twitter for more updates and behind the scenes videos.