Category Archives: Lead role

New Film – “To Lose Control”

After the success of Desecration last year, myself and Marty Stalker will be collaborating once again on a new film called To Lose Control.

It’s probably my most ambitious role to date, as I take on the character of Royal Marine Chris Draper, an Afghanistan and Iraq war veteran who is trying to cope with P.T.S.D (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

The film explores the once controversial therapy EMDR, (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) used for dealing with P.T.S.D, and how family and close friends all become affected by it.

Plans are to have cameras rolling this summer with some locations around Northern Ireland doubling for Afghanistan. Here’s a teaser trailer of what you can expect –

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“Desecration” Trailer

The indie film scene is buzzing here with The Shore winning an Oscar in the live action short category over the weekend, and now The C-Project has released the trailer for its third project Desecration.

Here’s a little about the movie…

‘On a dark remote road a car is stopped by at a military check point. Something isn’t right and the soldiers find themselves in a situation they could never understand with deadly consequences.’

I had an amazing experience on this film working with such a great crew and their attention to detail. This is definitely one to keep an eye out for at the festivals this year. For more updates please ‘Like’ the Desecration Facebook Page.

‘Coast’ – Nearly Here!

The new website for Coast has arrived! And just in time for a screening in early March with other innovative indie films as part of the C-Project.

The idea for Coast came from a simple conversation between Alan and Christopher on a day out along the coastal walks of Whitehead. Here’s what they had to say about it:

It was a privilege to be a part of this exciting project and to work such a great cast and crew.  I can’t wait to see the end product! Please like the Facebook Page for updates on Coast and check out the website www.coastmovie.co.uk for more info and teaser trailers. Here’s a taster of what you can see.

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…!)

“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!

“2p” has arrived!

“Some people say it’s the small things in life that count, and I believe that.”

Just one of the lines from 2p starring myself and Mary-Frances Doherty. The final cut has been entered into the Virgin Media shorts competition and it doesn’t disappoint.

Will Maloney has done an amazing job with the writing, directing and editing. I hope we get to work together again soon.

I would like to thank Will and Larry from Lamb Films for having me on board, it was a privilege to work on this project with such talented people as cinematographer Denis Maloney and everyone else on the production team.

It was a bit of a step into the unknown for me as this is probably the most lighthearted, fun role I’ve ever taken on – I hope you enjoy it and if you do, tell all your friends and pass it on!

As the phrase goes (well sort of) “View once! View often!”

Click here to view 2p.

First time horror for me… “Desecration”

After meeting Marty Stalker of Scattered Images film Productions about his venture “The C-Project” earlier this year, I have signed for his latest project “Desecration”.

Here’s a short synopsis of what’s in store –

Four soldiers are manning a military check point in the Northern Irish countryside. Their objective is to cordon off an area and to stop people from entering it. Unwillingly, the soldiers suddenly become involved in an ancient blood feud which leaves them fighting for their lives…

I’ll be taking on the role of Janty in the movie and from what I hear, I’m in for a rollercoaster of a ride!

It’s written by Alan McCracken and David Withers with Marty Stalker behind the camera. Filming will commence in September this year.

If you can’t wait until then, check out the teaser trailer for a taste of what’s to come.

I’m looking forward to getting started and working with such an exciting team!

“2p”… That’s a Wrap!

Me as Billy in 2p

I’ve been making a habit of getting up early at weekends and the weekend past was no exception – though 5:30am was nearly too early for me! But it was all worth it – I was filming new movie “2p” directed by Will Maloney, produced by Larry Cowan from Lamb Films and shot by experienced Director of Photography Denis Maloney.

With locations at Queen’s University, Clement’s Coffee Shop and finishing with a wrap party at Laverys, it was a flawless shoot with an excellent crew.

Keep an eye out for it in the Virgin Media Shorts competition.

 Check out some stills by Peter Marley .