2019 – The Year in Review

I thought I’d take a moment in the new year for a quick look at some of the highlights of 2019. It’s been a wonderful mix of family, friends and films. There is no way I could include everyone and everything from the previous year, but I appreciate each and every opportunity tossed my way. You all mean the world to me. I can’t wait to see what you all get up to in 2020.

2019 – The Year in Review

In Another Life

Some of the greatest rewards in acting are found among the journeys we actors are afforded into other times, other places, other personas. In April 2017, I strolled onto the breathtaking estate of Lissan House to take one such trip back in time via the set of In Another Life, a student film made by a a talented cast and crew of students from Queen’s University.

Today, I’m happy to share with you some of the behind the scenes photos, promotional still shots and the final film.

And now, on with the show! I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed being a part of it. A very special thanks goes out to Danielle Leslie, Daryl Shields, Andrew Shanks, Laura Cro, Rian West, Rachel Smylie, Paul Leslie, Alice Catterson, Clive Lindsay and Desmond Eastwood for all of their parts in the creation of this fabulous short film and for allowing me to be a part of it.

Fun with a “Model Citizen”

My staff (which currently consists of my personal assistant/partner, Amy) has been having a bit of fun with some of the behind the scenes photos from a project I’ve been working on with the fantastic team of Aaron and TJ at Drawn in Pen Productions. Here is a bit of the “Cannon Fodder” she likes to toss together in her spare time – miniatures of me pasted into some of the test scenes of “Model Citizen,” coming soon to a screen near you.

April Updates

April is shaping up to be a busy month with multiple projects already in the works. In addition to helping out some of our local students with a number of films, I’ll be working a bit more on a recent project for Drawn in Pen Productions. It’s under wraps for now, but I’ll tell you more about it when I can.

If you’re interested in learning a bit more about zero budget short films, take some time to visit the fine group of young people at RTS Futures NI for Zero Budget Filmmaking:  A How-to Guide on April 11 at 7 p.m. at QUB. I’ll be there, along with Thomas Scott and Steve Earley, giving a short seminar on production and etiquette when working with unpaid acting talent.

Also happening this month, several of the short films I’ve been in during previous months will be showing at the Belfast Film Festival. You can catch Her Very Own  (by Dominic Curran) in Shorts Competition Programme 2, at noon (QFT)

Later that day, you can watch two more short films I had the pleasure of taking a part in.  Both Violet (by Madeline Graham & Christopher Whiteside) and the award winning short The Invention (by Leo McGuigan) will be showing in Shorts Competition Programme 4 at 4:15 p.m. (QFT)

Finally, we’re down in the boglands for a duel to the death.  Be sure to see the short film Now Shoot a Fellowman (by Mark McNally) showing at Film Devour Short Film Festival 29 on April 15 at 7 p.m.

Other than that, I’m just busy filming and pursuing new projects.  I’ll update my page with more information soon.  Until then . . . keep making your magic happen.

SPOT – RTS NI Student Awards 2019

It was such a great pleasure to be a part of this fantastic film created and filmed by the students at QUB.  If it had just ended with the filming, I’d have been happy enough to have enjoyed the magic they put into it, but SPOT was so good that it won an RTS award in the category of Comedy and Entertainment this week too!

I can’t express just how much I admire these talented young people and what they have accomplished. I have no doubt that you will be hearing more of Hannah McEvoy, Patrick Magennis, Conor Patterson, Jenny Parkhill and Bethany Mackin in the future.

R.I.P. Spot.  Your memory will live on forever.