The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas

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It is with great delight  I announce today that, after many months of auditions back and forth to London, Garrett Phillips has been booked as Frank Sinatra in ‘The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas’. The show will be in the Westend from Wednesday 13th December - Saturday 3rd February. Garrett is in rehearsals in London for the last two weeks and is looking forward to singing his heart out as Frank Sinatra in the Haymarket Theatre, followed by a U.K tour to all the major UK venues over six months. The show comes to Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre (3rd -7th April), Garrett then goes on to the Waterfront Belfast (12-14th April) before the tour resumes in England again. We wish Garrett every success and look forward to seeing him in Dublin in the Spring!👌⭐🎼

Celebrating more than 15 years of standing ovations, The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas is back. Hits including pack favourites The Lady is a Tramp, Mr Bojangles, That’s Amore, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, What Kind of fool Am I, Volare, My Way, Candyman, Everybody Loves Somebody and many more. Produced by Flyingmusic the company behind Thriller, The Kite Runner and The Whitney Heuston Show, https://www.broadwayworld.com/…/Garrett-Phillips-Nigel-Case…

 

Philip Coffey on 'Into the Badlands'.

Into the Badlands is an American television series.  The series is set in a post-apocalyptic world approximately 500 years after a war that left civilisation in ruins.  The Badlands, somewhere in the former United States, is a feudal society which has developed to fill the power vacuum left by the war. Barons control land and monopolies over commodities like opium and fuel, trading amongst themselves to maintain the peace. Each baron is served by a massive workforce of slaves called "Cogs", as well as a prostitute class called "Dolls". A Baron maintains power through a force of "Clippers", highly trained and loyal warriors at the apex of the feudal society. Clippers are forbidden from marrying and having children lest their loyalties be divided.

Brendan Sheehan has played a role in 2016 and this week, Philip Coffey got a chance star in this futuristic world. I asked Phillip about his experience..

Q: Tell me about your first day on the 'Into the Badlands' set

A: I was collected at my hotel and whisked right through to the set where I was immediately shown to my trailer. It was very nicely laid out, my costume and call sheet in front of a well lit mirror.  They made to feel like a part of the family right away. Then it was on to hair and make up before been driven onto set with my co-star shortly after.

Q: How did it differ from other sets?

A: It was the size of the production. Everything was very professional but the sheer scale of the set up: trailers, sets, crew (50+), dressing rooms etc. were beyond anything I'd experienced previously.

Q: What training did you receive beforehand?

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A: I spent a day in Bray for wardrobe, hair and make up tests, but the highlight was being shown how to drive the truck my character would be using in the show - a huge 1972 Army truck! Anthony, an excellent stunt driver, was my guide, and we had a lot of fun in that truck! It helped me massively when it came to the shoot.

Q: Meet any famous actors?

A:  I was lucky enough to share a scene exclusively with a main character in the show, played by Sherman Augustus. He has been in a variety of US films and he was a fantastic guy and very welcoming, I was delighted to have just him and me working a scene! -Very cool.

Q: Your Director was Toa Fraser -  what was he like?

A: Toa Fraser was amazing - his CV is is impressive, directing no lesser than Peter O' Toole and Sam Neill in the past, so again, I felt really privileged to be working with him.  He was very calm and cool and got exactly what he wanted with not too much fuss!

Q: Best memory?

A: All of it. From start to finish a truly wonderful experience. Hope to go back soon!

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Festival Results!

Congratulations to Emmet Kelly he has just won Best Actor at the Richard Harris Film Festival and he is also the Newport Beach Award Winner ✨🎇🎉🎈Congrats also goes to Brendan Sheehan, his film 'The Observer Effect' won the best overall Short film section🎉🎈🎉

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October rolls on...

Brendan Sheehan is on a role, he is at the Kerry Film Festival where his Film ‘The Observer Effect’ is nominated in the Best Narrative category, it’s showing on Oct 21st and his portrayal of Bobby Ewing in ‘Bridget & Eamon got an airing this week!

Congrats to Ray Reilly, his film’s 'Billy the Kid' has been accepted to Cork Film Festival showing on November the 13th a trailer to share...    https://youtu.be/NEtn8T86je0

Also Congrats goes to Rob Mullins who has been booked for a role in ‘The Rhythm Section’ (feature film). Based on the novel by Mark Burnell, 'The Rhythm Section' is an action thriller starring Blake Lively, Director Reed Morano its shooting in Dublin, the U.K. and Spain

Good news for Jeanne O’Connor, Poppy Caraher & Declan Reynolds - ‘Maeve and the Moon’ is screening  at the Kerry Film Festival and the week after at http://richardharrisfilmfestival.com/

Congratulations to Jed Murray who has stepped back in time all this week, as Jed was booked on for a role on 'Vikings' series 6 

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October begins...

A few nice pieces of news today coming up... starting with 'Fragile' and John Colleary
https://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/irish-short-films-30004853/10778165/#_=_ if you missed it - take a few mins out today - you'll be glad you did! 

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Good News for Michael Mullen, ‘Blue Dawn’ Directed by Nadj Foley and produced by Blue Dawn Productions is premiering in this years Indie Cork Festival http://indiecork.com/ while another of Michael’s films, ‘Deirdre’ directed Jo Southwell was selected for British Urban Film Festival http://www.britishurbanfilmfestival.co.uk/ and Crystal Place Film Festival https://filmfreeway.com/festival/cpiff

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Also good news for Jed Murray, IndieCork Film Festival features 'I'm Talking to You and 'The Legend of Harry & Ambrose'.  Whilst a short film Jed did, ‘REMEMBER’ is part of Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival Saturday 7th October, Screening at 1.10pm at Cineworld (Dublin) and its also showing in INDIECORK Film Festival Friday 13th October, Screening at 4.30pm at Gate Cinema (Cork) and Kerry Film Festival http://www.kerryfilmfestival.com/ The festival runs from 21st to 24th Oct. (Killarney)

For Brendan Sheehan, Eoin O’Sullivan and Niall Brewster there is an nice write up on 'Fingal’s Finest' in which they all had a role https://scannain.com/interview/fingals-finest-interview/
Also ‘Observer’ (starring Brendan Sheehan) got a good another review and is up for best Irish narrative in Kerry Film Festival. 
http://filmireland.net/…/irish-short-film-review-the-obser…/

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Great news on the festival front also for Emmet Kelly and Anthony Moriarty. For Emmet, 'Lost Memories' has been selected to screen at http://richardharrisfilmfestival.com/. Whilst for both Emmet and Anthony, 'A Very Irish Family' is one to keep an eye on!

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... And finally, well done to Seven year old Heidi O’Mahony from Cork who was busy this week shooting two days for a very interesting on-line ad - more on that as soon as we get a copy to share!   Well done also to Claire O'Donovan who has also been busy this week making her first appearance in ‘Fair City’. Congratulations to Philip Coffey who was booked for ‘Badlands’ by http://www.amc.com/  and to Breid Morris, cast as Mrs Pugh in Festival Productions of 'Annie'  with Catherine Lynch - NCH opening on 27th Dec https://www.nch.ie/Online/default.asp

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Brand new BBC Three drama Overshadowed lands on the channel this autumn

We are super excited for Eva O'Connor that media and publicity for her forthcoming BBC Three show 'Overshadowed' has launched in Earnest

"I am thrilled that Overshadowed has been commissioned for BBC Three. It is such an important, modern story of our times, told in an exciting way by two young people"

Kay Mellor, Executive Producer, Rollem Pictures

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Based on Eva O’Connor’s award-winning play, Overshadowed tells the story of a young Irish vlogger called Imogene (Michelle Fox - Doctors) whose life spirals out of control when she meets the monster of anorexia personified.

Eva O’Connor and Hildegard Ryan say: “We are delighted to be working with Kay, her amazing team at Rollem Productions and BBC Three to bring this story, which is very close to our hearts, to life. We hope Overshadowed will be a fresh and innovative take on eating disorders and the way they can take over young people’s lives. We feel the YouTube style episodes are the perfect way to chart Imogene’s journey and capture the minds of young audiences.”

Starring a host of fresh new talent, this compelling, haunting and funny series has been written by Irish television newcomers Eva O’Connor and Hildegard Ryan.

Shot in an innovative new format, Overshadowed tells Imogene’s story through a series of vlogs. All eight episodes are told from Imo’s point of view, giving a unique documentary-style insight into teenage life and her increasingly fragile mental state.

Imo used to be sparkly, vivacious and outgoing. Recently however she’s becoming withdrawn, gaunt and obsessed with exercise. The reason? Her new “best friend” Anna (Eva O’Connor). She's casting a dark shadow over Imo’s life and won’t rest until Imo is a shadow of her former self.

“Overshadowed is an incredibly exciting piece that showcases BBC Three's ambition to support young talent telling stories that matter. This is an important subject told from a compelling and unflinchingly honest perspective by the brilliant Eva and Hildegard and, with the support and experience of the wonderful Kay Mellor and Sian Palfrey, this is going to be a very special piece for the BBC Three audience.”

Elizabeth Kilgarriff, Senior Commissioning Editor for BBC Drama

Mid-September and all is good!

Happy Friday... 😁 Here comes our Friday news.... starting with, GREAT NEWS for Peter Halpin and child actor Harris McNamara as its announced that ‘NARCAN’ a shot film shot in N.Y in 2015, directed by Peter McNamara has been selected by RTE and will screen on RTE 2 - Monday September 18th @ 12:45am It will also be available on RTE Player International. #narcan #film #television #IrishEyesAreSmiling #winning #LargestAudienceSoFar #NotHereToTakePart #MakeItHalpin

Super Exited for Eva O’Connor as Overshadowed media kicking off now, 👌😎http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/overshadowed

'Fragile'  

starring John Colleary, Directed by John Corcoran and Cast by Annette Walsh has been officially selected for the Kerry Film Festival!

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And on the tail of that came the news that it's has also been accepted in the KINOFILM FF in Manchester too! http://www.kerryfilmfestival.com/   Congratulations also goes to Emmet Kelly, the film he wrote and stars in ‘Lost Memories’ has also been selected to screen at The Kerry Film Festival.

Congratulations to Philip Coffey 'Topographia Hibernica' a Trilogy, Philip has a lead role in, directed by Liza Bolton (Room 12 Productions) has been officially selected for Cork Indie Festival 8-15 Oct! http://indiecork.com/

🎭Exciting times as the Fringe Festival kick off and wishing all the actors involved the very best…looking forward to seeing as many as I can, so to, Jed Murray in ‘Close to The Sun’ Smock Alley, Meg Healy in ‘How to be Angry’ Smock Alley, Aidan Moriarty and Daithi O’Donnell in ‘SLDS’ The Complex, Rua Barron 'Efficacy 84’ Smock Alley and last but not least Eva O’Connor in ‘The Friday Night Effect’ Smock Alley - break a leg! 🌟🎭🌟🎭🌟🎭🌟