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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!

“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.

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 .

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

Meeting Nadia Tass…

As part of Belfast Film Festival I attended a masterclass with my good friend Peter Mullan, at which I met talented director Nadia Tass Read the rest of this entry

Watch Chris on Channel 4 tonight

Tune in to Channel 4 at 10.00pm (or at 11.00pm on Channel 4 + 1) tonight, 3 April, to catch Chris acting in Peter Mullan’s award-winning masterpiece The Magdalene Sisters. Its subject matter continues to resonate throughout Ireland today and is a gripping watch. Don’t miss it!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year and best wishes to everyone who supports the work of Chris Patrick-Simpson!

2010 proved to be a busy but successful year, with Chris performing in c21’s production of Simon Block’s ‘Not A Game For Boys’, swiftly followed by Dario Fo’s ‘Low Pay? Don’t Pay’ with Bruiser Theatre Company. Chris’ voice-over work also came to the screen via UTV’s ‘Fabulous Food Adventure’.

2011 is set to be equally busy with the long-awaited screening of ‘The Guards’, featuring Chris in a leading role alongside Steven Aldridge and Hollyoaks actor Emmett Scanlan. Keep your eyes glued to TV3 for the big arrival!

Discussions also continue for a new feature film – we can’t say too much about it just yet, but of course all news will appear here first for you all!

Final performances of ‘Low Pay? Don’t Pay!’

This is your last chance to catch Dario Fo’s Low Pay? Don’t Pay!, by Bruiser Productions. The show tours to Lisburn’s Island Arts Centre (tel 02892 509254) tonight (Friday 22 October) before finishing up tomorrow night (Saturday 23 October) in Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda (tel 00353 419875140).

Chris will be taking a short break after the tour so take this opportunity to see him on stage now! Additional information can be found on Bruiser’s website.

‘Low Pay? Don’t Pay!’ – the tour continues…

Bruiser Theatre’s ‘Low Pay? Don’t Pay!’ continues to delight audiences. After performances in the Belfast Waterfront, Wigtown Book Festival (Dumfries), Derry, Coleraine, Armagh and Enniskillen, this week the production will visit venues in Cork, Newbridge, Strabane, Omagh and Newcastle. Full details can be found on Bruiser’s website.

It certainly has been a hectic but enjoyable experience for Chris. He has thoroughly enjoyed working with the cast and crew at Bruiser, and to say he’s a ‘shadow of his former self’ is no understatement, as anyone who has seen him lately will attest!

Reviews have been posted on Culture Northern Ireland and the Irish Theatre Magazine. If you haven’t had the chance to catch the show yet, there’s still time – but don’t hesitate: book your tickets today!