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.
This film has exceeded all expectations with a successful film festival run and the director picking up a Royal Television Society award.
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).
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.
It’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 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 email@example.com and RSVP.
Hope to see you all there!
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).
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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!
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!
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