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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!

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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.

“2p” selected for The Arizona Film Festival 2012!

The old saying goes “If you look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves“…  you could apply this to the short film I worked on last year, 2p, as it has been selected by the The Arizona Film Festival this year.

From its small budget and a lot of heart from the cast and crew, 2p is certainly reaping its rewards.

Well done to everyone involved and a big thanks to producer Larry Cowan (Lamb Films) and Director Will Maloney for letting me play the role of Billy!

Keep an eye for 2p coming to festival near you soon!

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 –

“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.

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.

“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.

“Hitler on Trial”

Over the next week I begin work on the film Hitler on Trial starring Bill Paterson , Ed Stoppard and Ian Hart as Hiter

It will be directed by Justin Hardy and produced by Hardy Pictures for BBC2.

I’ll be playing the role of Helmut, a Nazi Spy in Hitler’s Brownshirt army and with Belfast doubling up as Berlin it’s going to be an exciting shoot!

Hardy Pictures is an award-winning independent production company specialising in red-blooded factual drama and documentaries.

Click here for Hardy Pictures Showreel.

“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 .