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SUPERNATURAL: Nightmare logic

C6642C8B-3A09-4C49-98B3-990A54F7B133A few months ago I made the move from Belfast, Ireland to Vancouver B.C., and I’m really delighted that making that decision is starting to pay off. Recently I’ve been working on the legendary TV show Supernatural.

It’s a show close to my own heart as my Mum used to binge watch it while she was going through chemotherapy – so you can imagine she was excited as I was when I got the gig!

Nightmare Logic was written by Meredith Glynn & directed by Darren Grant. I’m playing Neil & I hope you’ll enjoy watching it as much as I did working on it!

Here’s a little promo to whet your appetite before it airs this Thursday.

 

 

 

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Shooting for Socrates is Here!

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This week sees the UK premiere of Shooting For Socrates at the Belfast Film Festival before it goes on general release on 12 June. It’s going to be an exciting night for me personally –  not only for the film – but, as a football fan, at the prospect of meeting some of the players who are portrayed in the movie and the fact that the actual World Cup trophy (I’m sure under heavy security) will be in attendance! Shooting for Socrates is a David vs Goliath story set in Belfast against the backdrop of the 1986 World Cup. Starring John Hannah (Four Weddings and a Funeral) as Billy Bingham, Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones) as Jackie Fullerton and Bronagh Gallagher (The Commitments), it tells the story of great days in

Northern Ireland’s football history through the eyes of players, fans and the media.

I play Spud, a die hard fan who, with his partner in crime Wigsy, try everything to follow their heroes to Mexico for the 86 World Cup finals. (Probably like most Northern Ireland fans at the moment who are working out how to get to France 2016). image

A rough cut of the film was shown to FIFA delegates last year and it’s a credit to the actors portraying the 86 Northern Ireland team and to David Campbell’s choreography that the delegates thought reconstructions of the 3 games Northern Ireland had were archive footage from the time! Hope to see some of you at the premiere – it’s going to be a great night!!! Tickets for the premiere on 24 April at 8pm can be bought from Belfast Film Festival. Shooting for Socrates goes on general release from 12 June.

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!

“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!

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…

“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.

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…!)

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!