Category Archives: Film

Fractured City…

Fractured City is to be screened at the QFT  as part of a charity event, http://www.geraldinesjourney.com, this Saturday at 2pm. I worked on this last year with an amazing cast that included film industry stalwarts like Gerard McSorley & Martin McCann.

I met director Sean Murray after seeing his first short film ‘Coco’. After sharing stories of heading out to places like The Arena and Kelly’s in our youth I was delighted to be offered the role of Sean, uncle of the main protagonist, Paul (played by Ciaran Court).

‘Fractured City’ charts the story of two friends, Paul and Seamy, growing up in Belfast during a period of political turmoil. Belfast in the 1990s could have been mistaken for any other city but the legacy of war ensured otherwise. The new dance culture was kicking in and the raves were doing something that no one had seen before – getting people together. But the drugs that came with it were always going to be a problem. Some groups were selling them, and some were killing you for selling them. After attending a nightclub, the lives of both men change forever after an unfortunate encounter with a leading paramilitary.image

This film has exceeded all expectations with a successful film festival run and the director picking up a Royal Television Society award.

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A Star Studded High-Rise

imageAs the first images were released for Ben Wheatleys’ screen adaptation of the JJ Ballard novel High-Rise I thought I’d share a bit about my time working on it.

It was probably the most star studded job I’ve ever worked on. I was so glad my wardrobe fitting was before I actually shot something, as I’ll be honest, it was a bit of shock to get introduced to Elisabeth Moss (Peggy from Mad Men).

Set in 1975, High-Rise documents the shocking breakdown of class and social structures within a brand-new high-tech London apartment building. It stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller & Luke Evans to name a few.

It was a great experience all round – watching Ben Wheatley working with all these top top stars was one of the best masterclasses I’ve had since leaving drama school!

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!

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:

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!

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… 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.

SOS: The Titanic Inquiry

Next week sees the airing of SOS: The Titanic Inquiry. It will be broadcast on BBC 1 on 16 April at 9.00pm and on RTE 2 on 17 April at 7.00pm.

Produced by Hole In The Wall Gang Ltd for BBC Northern Ireland, this courtroom drama tells the story of the official British inquiry into the sinking of the Titanic and its efforts to ascertain whether the SS Californian ship was in close enough proximity to the doomed vessel to help save some of the 1,517 passengers and crew who lost their lives.

It was shot over five days in the Masonic Hall Belfast and  features the talents of Paul McGann (Withnail and I) as well as local actors Stuart Graham (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Owen McDonnell (Single Handed).

I will be playing the role of Ernest Gill, an assistant engineer on the SS Californian.

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.

It’s something different for this Titanic season as it looks at what happened to the stricken vessel from the vantage point of the courtroom. Keep an eye out for it…

2012 Showreel

New showreel for 2012! It includes some of what I was up to last year thanks to Marty Stalker at Scattered Images.

There is some exclusive footage from movies that will be out later in the year, including Desecration and Coast.

https://chrispatricksimpson.com/gallery/