Pursuit was shot in Galway and Connemara and Spain. All-star ensemble includes Ruth Bradley (Love/Hate, Humans), Brendan Gleeson, Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), Barry Ward (Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall) and Owen Roe (Penny Dreadful, Vikings)
Dublin, Ireland (13 September 2015) — Ireland has seen a wave of crime film and television in the post-Tiger era. But writer-director Paul Mercier went back into the past for his new entry into the genre – way back – to the story of Diarmuid and Gráinne.
In Mercier’s 21st century update, Gráinne is the daughter of a Dublin crime boss and rather than become the wife of her father’s middle-aged lieutenant Fionn, she flees with his bodyguard Diarmuid.
Rising star Ruth Bradley was instantly drawn to the chance to play the iconic Irish character of Gráinne, as she told the Herald: ”We have so many amazing stories and the women are always really strong in them. They are at the centre, they’re not sitting in the background being nice girlfriends and wives.”
Paul Mercier’s award winning Passion Machine Company was at the forefront of the Irish theatre scene, so top actors were keen to be part of this film project. They include Barry Ward (Jimmy’s Hall) who plays Diarmuid.
Liam Cunningham, who plays Fionn, and who worked on ‘Pursuit’ during time off from playing Davos on ‘Game of Thrones’, said to independent.ie: “It has a Love/Hate feel to it. Paul’s a fantastic writer. It’s nice to do a version of an old Irish legend.”
And three time IFTA winner and Emmy Winner Brendan Gleeson plays the character Searbhán, the hated villain the young couple meet on their escapade.
‘Pursuit’ will open in all IMC cinemas on the 18th of September at the following locations nationwide (additional engagements being negotiated):
Dublin – Dun Laoghaire
Dublin – Santry
Dublin – Savoy
Dublin – Screen
Dublin – Tallaght
Limerick Show Time Cinema Jetland Ennis Road.