Category Archives: Actor

Brendan Gunn: An Unsung Hero of the Irish Film Industry

Brendan Gunn holds an MA and a PhD in linguistics. He began working as a Dialogue and Dialect Coach in 1986 after leaving the University of Ulster where he was a Lecturer in Linguistics. Over the last 25 years Brendan has worked with an illustrious number of actors including Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Aidan Quinn, Cate Blanchett, Jim Sturgess, Heather Graham, Rupert Grint, Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Natalie Portman, Daniel Day Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell, and Stephen Rea.

I first worked with Brendan way back in 1997 on the film The Boxer. Since then our paths have crossed a few times on various projects including Fifty Dead Men Walking.

Brendan offers a wide range of coaching, from actors preparing and working on a role to corporate and workshop services. Brendan also offers vocal coaching sessions via Skype.

In 2011 Brendan helped me with the Berlin accent for a few auditions which led to me getting two jobs: feature film Good Vibrations and TV drama The Man Who Crossed Hitler.

I couldn’t recommend Brendan highly enough, the attention to detail and the relaxed atmosphere of his sessions really helped me nail two roles last year.

For more information about Brendan and what services he has to offer check out his website www.brendangunn.co.uk

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New Headshots by Brendan Harrington

As a professional performer your main headshot is vitally important. It must represent who you are. It is your first selling point to get you that audition. Think of your headshot as an investment in your career. If a casting professional is unaware of your work, it is the first thing they will see, and first impressions do count! With that in mind your photographer you choose is very important.

I had my new shots done with Brendan Harrington and they were well worth it. With over 25 years experience and an extremely competitive price I had over 300 pictures taken. The quality was so good I found it very hard to choose one!

Brendan’s rates are very competitive where you pay no more than £70 – that includes a studio or outdoor shoot. Packages, however, can be tailored to suit your needs.

You can contact Brendan on 07850001075  or email brendanharrington@btinternet.com

Check out Brendan’s website http://www.brendanharringtonphotography.com/ for more examples of his work.

Desecration: hot, even in the cold!

It was freezing cold in Belvoir Park at the weekend but that didn’t stop the C-Project trucking on with its latest project DesecrationI played the role of Johnny with an amazing cast and crew.

With the temperatures in the minus figures it didn’t dampen our spirits (the cast were kept warm doing special forces manoeuvres with an on-set Military Advisor) and the attention to detail and special effects, mixed with a great story, make for something very special when the finished product comes to the screen next year!

Desecration is set on a dark remote road where a car is stopped at a military checkpoint. Something isn’t right and the soldiers find themselves in an impossible situation.

Well done to everyone involved, it was a pleasure working with you all!

To get updates on how things are progressing please ‘like’ the Desecration Facebook page.

Images used courtesy of Kathleen McCreesh Photography and Ricky McQuillan.

Villain or Hero in The Titanic Inquiry?

After finishing a successful theatre tour of Of Mice and Men I will be back in front of the camera this week in a new TV drama called The Titanic Inquiry, an intense courtroom drama based on the actual transcripts of the official British Government Inquiry into the Californian Incident in Westminster later that same year. This production is being produced by The Hole in The Wall Gang, in Belfast for BBC NI.

I will be playing the role of Ernest Gill, an assistant engineer on the SS Californian – a ship that was in the vicinity of the Titanic when it sank.

A small newspaper in New England, the Daily Item, printed a shocking story claiming that the Californian had refused aid to Titanic. The source for the story was the ship’s carpenter, James McGregor, who stated that his ship had been close enough to see Titanic’s lights and distress rockets. By sheer coincidence, on the same day, the Boston American printed a story sourced by the Californian’s assistant engineer, Ernest Gill, which essentially told the same story.

With a star studded cast it’s due to hit the screens next year for the anniversary of the stricken vessel. It will definitely be one to look out for (even if I do say so myself…!)

‘2p’ hits the ‘Big Screen’ with the BBC and Shorts International!

Fantastic news today regarding 2p, as it is confirmed that not only will the film be shown on all 25 of the BBC’s Big Screens, but that it has also been signed up for a five-year distribution deal with Shorts International.

Shorts International is the world’s leading short movie entertainment company. With a catalogue of over 3,000 short movies, the company has represented Oscar winners and nominees, festival favourites and revered classics.

This is amazing recognition for the work of Larry Cowan at Lamb Films and Will Maloney, the director.

You can visit the BBC site for details on the locations of the 25 screens, and keep your eyes peeled for 2p‘s appearance on a big screen near you very shortly!

 

I’m picking up “Good Vibrations”…

“In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king….”

Last Friday saw the wrap of the film Good Vibrations, starring Richard Dormer in the starring role as Terri Hooley, Jodie Whittaker and Adrian Dunbar,  to name to a few. I was lucky enough to pick up the role of  ‘Wolfgang Zorrer’, a German journalist who is searching for ‘The Godfather of Belfast punk’ in the movie.

Good Vibrations is a chronicle of Terri Hooley’s life and the his iconic record shop, both of which were instrumental in developing Belfast’s punk-rock scene.

Good luck to the directors Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn, and the production team with edit.

To keep up-to-date with news about how it’s all going please ‘like’ the Good Vibrations film Facebook page.

Keep an eye out for it next year at a cinema near you!

‘Of Mice and Men’ opening week sells out – now the tour continues!

By Alan Cohen

One week down of the tour of  ‘Of Mice and Men’ and fingers crossed the success of our sold out run at Theatre Severn Shrewsbury continues for the rest of the tour. This week the company travels to Ireland (I get to travel home!)  for a few dates in Belfast’s Theatre at the Mill, The Waterside Theatre Derry, The Riverside Theatre Coleraine and Annesley Hall   in Newcastle Co. Down.

Hope to see you all there!

Treading the boards in “Of Mice and Men” with Stageworks Theatre

Of Mice and MenSo far 2011 has been a busy year, film-wise, for me. After having just finished up on Coast, I’m delighted to be heading back on to the stage, to take on the role of ‘Curley’ in Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck’s classic, Of Mice and Men. The run, which includes a UK tour, is being directed by the experienced former National Theatre director Alan Cohen.

Of Mice and Men is a novella, first published in 1937. Set against the harsh background of the Great Depression, it tells the story of George and Lennie, two friends with the dream of owning a farm and living off the fat of the land. Lennie, however,  is a gentle giant who doesn’t realise his own strength and George feels the burden of looking after him. The pair soon discover the flip-side of their American Dream when a tragic turn of events, centred around Curley and his wife, threatens to destroy George and Lennie’s friendship, leaving George with an impossible choice…

Steinbeck’s hugely popular and compelling story has been performed on the stage a number of times and I am delighted to be taking on a role in this production. The tour includes dates in Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, Buxton Opera House, The Harlow Playhouse and the Forum Studio Theatre, Chester.

The production will also travel to Northern Ireland, with dates in the Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey, Riverside Theatre, Coleraine, Waterside Theatre, Derry, Down Arts Centre and Ardhowen Theatre. Please check local listings for further details.

PS. If that wasn’t enough I’ll be popping back to Northern Ireland to film a role in Good Vibrations, the story of Terri Hooley, the ‘Godfather of Belfast’s punk scene’. There’s no rest for the wicked!

“The Man Who Crossed Hitler” to air this Sunday…

This Sunday (21 August BBC2 @9pm) sees the airing of a new one-off drama I filmed early this year, The Man Who Crossed Hitler, a remarkable factual drama based on a true story, starring Ian Hart,  (Hitler) Ed Stoppard (Hans Litten) and Bill Paterson.

In the summer of 1931, with Germany on the brink of economic collapse, and the city of Berlin turning into a paramilitary war-zone, audacious young prosecutor Hans Litten (Stoppard) chose to summon a star witness to a trial of Nazi thugs.

In spite of the risk to his own safety and against the advice of those who love him, Litten forced rising political star Adolf Hitler (Hart) to make a sensational appearance in the witness stand of Berlin’s central criminal court.

Litten aimed to expose the true character of Hitler and his politics to the German public, to reveal his hypocrisy and his violent ambitions, and in doing so, halt the electoral success of the Nazi Party.

In a humiliating and hostile cross-examination, Hitler was forced to account for his political beliefs, his contempt for the law and his desire to destroy German democracy.

For a brief moment, Hitler’s political future was genuinely in the balance. Hitler survived the ordeal, but it was a close encounter which he never forgave, and for which Litten paid a heavy price.

The beautiful “Coast”…

Next week the cameras roll on new drama Coast. It’s the first of six episodes and is the brainchild of Northern Ireland’s answer to the Coen Brothers, Alan Stewart and Chris McClenaghan.

Here’s a bit about it:

“The idea for Coast came from a simple conversation between Alan and Christopher on a day out along the coastal walks of Whitehead. As it often does with these two, the conversation soon turned to film as they realised the possibilities of the scenery they were passing through on their walk.

The entire idea was directly inspired by the unique coastline landscape of Co. Antrim. Due to their working relationship and how in tune they are with each other’s way of thinking, Alan and Chris had created the bulk of the story for a pilot episode, and the bones of an over arching plot for a six episode season of ‘Coast’, all before they returned from their walk.”

I’ll be taking on the role of Chris who, with a group of office workers, decides to get out of Belfast city and head for the north coast of Ireland. Upon spending the day at a deserted beach they return to find their car stolen. Alone and without communication, they are faced with a long walk back across the coast or a longer walk back through the deserted country roads to the nearest town. Things only get worse for the group when they discover they are being stalked…

Chris McClenaghan and Alan Stewart will be co-directing and Marty Stalker will be director of photography.

To find out more, ‘like’ the Coast Facebook page and/or join @coastmovie on twitter.

This is going be one to look out for!