LIMERICK actors Zeb Moore and Shane Lennon are to appear in a new feature length film set in Dublin’s inner-city.
The low-budget indie flick, Harry, Hamlet and I, is a loose take on Shakespeare’s timeless play Hamlet - modernised and set in Dublin’s criminal underworld.
The film was shot over a number of months in Dublin and Wicklow and is the first feature film shot by Maidan Productions.
“Harry, Hamlet and I is loosely based on Hamlet, but set in Dublin’s inner-city,” explained writer and director Aidan Conron.
“The main protagonist, Harry, is the only son of a leader of a criminal gang. The story looks at the pressure on him to be a part of that whole system, and to fit in.
“He struggles to free himself from his ancestry, his past. He longs to escape, so much so that after a traumatic event he takes on a new persona, a personality - Hamlet,” he added.
Zeb Moore - originally from Dublin but living in Limerick for more than a decade - is well known on the local scene for star turns with Quarry Players, plus work with Impact, Teaspach and his own theatre company Magic Roundabout. He plays ‘Chuck’ in the movie, a representation of Claudius from the original piece.
“It was brilliant fun, I really enjoyed it,” said the Cratloe Road man. “My audition was about two minutes long. It was great fun to bring back the thick Dublin accent. It is also the first feature length I have shot in Dublin.”
The filmmakers hope the flick - also featuring fellow local actor Shane Lennon from the Shelbourne Road - will be ready for release in November and will be accepted into film festivals worldwide.
“They put a serious amount of time and effort into the film,” explained Zeb. “It was very cleverly done and was a lean operation that didn’t have much funding, but I think they have made something very impressive,” he added.
Director Conlon said the movie was “was motivated by the desire to deal with real life in present day Ireland”.
“It is a fascinating story, portrayed in a realistic fashion,” he explained.
“The story does not shy away or attempt to gloss over the hardship that real life presents,” he added.
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