The absence of The Troubles in a new locally-produced feature is a refreshing change for Northern Ireland cinema, a Whitehead actor has said.
Derek Halligan stars in The Monday Club, which had its debut screening at the Movie House in Belfast last Thursday evening.
The veteran performer has a number of film, television and stage credits to his name, including Fifty Dead Men Walking, Divorcing Jack, and Hollyoaks.
The 75-minute film centres on Danny McGlinchey, played by Halligan, the last surviving member of a group of friends known as The Monday Club.
In the film, Danny spins a series of “yarns” about his deceased friends, interspersed with tales from the “characters” of modern-day Belfast.
“[One] thing I loved about The Monday Club was that there was no mention of The Troubles at all; when I first got the script, I flicked through waiting for the first mention of the IRA or the UVF,” he told the Times.
“We have such a wealth of talent here and there are so many great stories to tell, yet everything tends to concentrate on that period of conflict.
“Another thing I loved was the dialogue - anyone can write a script, but writing good dialogue is difficult.”
Derek’s scenes were filmed over three days at Millar’s Bar in Ballycarry - a location chosen for its old-fashioned feel, according to producer Corinne Heaney.
“We were overwhelmed by the support we got on Thursday night,” added Corinne, also from Whitehead. “[The film] was to be shown in a smaller screen but it sold out, so they moved us to a larger 250-seater which sold out as well.”