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This Fall…

imageEarly this year I had the pleasure of working on the final season of one of the most exciting TV shows to be produced here, The FallI play the role of Michael Ritchie opposite Jamie Dornan, Gillian Anderson and Krister Henriksson.

It’s due out later this year, I can’t say too much more other than it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

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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.

 

V SIGN

Anyone following me on Twitter may have read some bizarre tweets towards the end of March – ‘Another day chasing aliens in Carrickfergus’, for instance. No, I hadn’t gone mad, but in fact was filming a BBC sci-fi sitcom pilot called V SIGN.

V SIGN  follows a group of human survivors fighting off the universe’s most incompetent alien invasion force. I’m playing the role of Neil, one of the hapless group fending off the aliens.

The pilot was filmed in Northern Ireland by production companies Retort and Green Inc. It was written by Steve Turner (Tracy Beaker) and directed by Ed Tracy (Fonejacker, Facejacker).

It was awesome week of filming with a great cast and crew. Fingers crossed we get to do more 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…

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!

 

A Weekend with Elliot Grove from the Raindance Film Festival

At 9.00am on a Saturday the last thing most people would be doing is volunteering for a two day workshop at the BBC. But myself and around 150 others from Belfast’s film industry were doing just that very thing this weekend.

Elliot Grove from the Raindance Film Festival was in Belfast to give a workshop on ‘Making the Low Budget Feature’.

Although I’m normally on the other side of the camera I thought this would be an opportunity to meet directors and producers (basically people who could give me a JOB!) and I wasn’t disappointed…

Elliot pitched the two days perfectly. We were left inspired and full of energy for our next projects (all “at various stages of development”…)

I would just like to say thank you to Sarah Stack at the BBC and Ursula Devine at NI Screen for organising the event, and to Elliot for a great two days.

To all who were there, stay in touch: #lotono

Chris