Friday 20 September 2019

Wexford actor to direct first film

Nic Furlong meets his 'hero' Al Pacino at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin last month.
Nic Furlong meets his 'hero' Al Pacino at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin last month.

David Tucker

WEXFORD actor Nic Furlong will soon be on the other side of the lens, directing his first film.

The film, 'The Nest', which he has written himself, is about a spate of armed robberies that take place in present time in a rural town in Ireland. It could be any town, but it is actually being filmed in its entirety in County Wexford.

'When we began scouting for locations we could not believe how much this beautiful county of ours had to offer,' said Nic, a native of Tagoat who grew up in Rosslare.

The film has some great actors attached to it so far. Among them are Brendan Sheehan, the brother of actor Robert Sheehan, 'Love/Hate's' Thomas Collins and local man Ronan P. Byrne who was recently awarded Best Actor at the RTE All Ireland Drama Awards this year for playing Mick Tracey in the Bunclody/Kilmyshal drama group Production of 'The Stolen Child'.

'We also have some other local talent attached to the project, with the possibility of me taking on one of the roles too,' said Nic, 'we will be holding auditions for actors in the IFA Centre in Enniscorthy at 12 noon on July 5 to cast the remaining roles. Anyone interested should email for slides of the script or can simply turn up on the day.

Nic said the He said the crew will include Michael Benson on camera. He said that as well playing his directorial debut, he was currently filming in a dark comedy 'LIFT' with actor Gerard McSorley (Braveheart, Father Ted, Veronica Guiren).

'I also recenty got to meet my hero Al Pacino. Al was giving a talk at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin last month and I was lucky enough to be on the VIP list and got to share a drink with the man after the show and talk about how he inspired me to become an actor and now also A director,' said Nic.

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'The Nest' will begin shooting in August.

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