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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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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!

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!

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!

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!

New Headshots by Brendan Harrington

As a professional performer your main headshot is vitally important. It must represent who you are. It is your first selling point to get you that audition. Think of your headshot as an investment in your career. If a casting professional is unaware of your work, it is the first thing they will see, and first impressions do count! With that in mind your photographer you choose is very important.

I had my new shots done with Brendan Harrington and they were well worth it. With over 25 years experience and an extremely competitive price I had over 300 pictures taken. The quality was so good I found it very hard to choose one!

Brendan’s rates are very competitive where you pay no more than £70 – that includes a studio or outdoor shoot. Packages, however, can be tailored to suit your needs.

You can contact Brendan on 07850001075  or email brendanharrington@btinternet.com

Check out Brendan’s website http://www.brendanharringtonphotography.com/ for more examples of his work.

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!

 

‘Of Mice and Men’ opening week sells out – now the tour continues!

By Alan Cohen

One week down of the tour of  ‘Of Mice and Men’ and fingers crossed the success of our sold out run at Theatre Severn Shrewsbury continues for the rest of the tour. This week the company travels to Ireland (I get to travel home!)  for a few dates in Belfast’s Theatre at the Mill, The Waterside Theatre Derry, The Riverside Theatre Coleraine and Annesley Hall   in Newcastle Co. Down.

Hope to see you all there!

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!