In the wake of the massive amount of hype surrounding the rise of crowd funding for independent films, it’s easy to forget that for every major Hollywood project that gets gobs of press because Zach Braff, Bret Easton Ellis or Spike Lee is affiliated with it, there are thousands of minor players grinding it out in the trenches of Facebook and other social media trying to make a dent in the collective conscience. While swamped in the minutiae of production, rehearsals, rewrites, scheduling and f... [Read more]
Co-Directors of the film Charlie Gorman's Wake Paul Pender and Katie Morris are triple threats in their own right with writing, acting and directing credits to their names. Pender is the chief engine behind the film. As the playwright of the theatrical version of the story, Paul has brought an amalgamation of characters from his long history as a touring musician and pub owner to life in this romantic comedy about friendship and redemption. As co-founder of the Shoestring Theatre Company, Kat... [Read more]
Shaun Donnelly came to the US from Armagh City in Northern Ireland and plays pub regular Johnny Devlin in the film Charlie Gorman's Wake. In the interview below, Shaun talks about the relationship between tough love and Irish humor.
Terry Remeika and Brian Beirne star as mother and son Mrs. Gorman and Ossie Gorman, the owners of Gorman’s pub in the theatrical and film versions of Charlie Gorman's Wake. Both actors cut their teeth in theatre performing in stage classics. In the interview below, Terry and Brian discuss their characters’ relationship as the widow and son of the original owner of Gorman’s Bar.
Actor Aaron McNicholl hails all the way from Dungannon, County Tyrone in Northern Ireland and emigrated to the US during The Troubles. In the film Charlie Gorman's Wake, Aaron plays a pub regular named Mick Morris who gets into a particular bit of troubles himself under the influence of impaired judgement. In the interview below Aaron talks about the unique nature of the work and the play on which it was based.
Charlie Starrs emigrated to the US over 40 years ago from Omagh, Ireland and founded the Gaelic Players to bring high-quality Irish theatre to the greater New Haven area. In Charlie Gorman’s Wake, Starrs plays Father Ward, a ball-breaking priest with a penchant for mischief. In this interview, Starrs talks about the legacy of Irish literature in the work of writer/director Paul Pender.
In both the play as well as the film version of Charlie Gorman’s Wake, Peter Lynch stars as the titular Charlie Gorman, a pub regular in the fictional Irish village of Ballycarraig who finds a home away from home in a pint of Guinness along with the other denizens of Gorman’s Bar. Peter himself comes all the way from the “People’s Republic of Cork” and began performing with the New Haven Gaelic Players in 1980. Check out Peter’s take on the character in the video below.