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It's a fair cop Gleeson can't say no to son in family film

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Published 15/01/2010 | 05:00

Brendan Gleeson with his son Brian in a scene from the movie 'Noreen'.
Brendan Gleeson with his son Brian in a scene from the movie 'Noreen'.

HARRY Potter took a back seat as film star Brendan Gleeson teamed up with his sons for a 'family' movie.

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'Noreen' is written and directed by Domhnall (26) -- Gleeson's eldest son -- and co-stars younger brother, Brian (21).

When Domhnall Gleeson asked his father to star in the low-budget film the actor read over the script first.

"Dad read it and really liked it. I didn't need to ask him to audition or anything. He's so good that he didn't need to."

The father and son took a break from filming 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' to spend four days in freezing snow and ice shooting the short film in Shannonbridge, Co Offaly.

Domhnall's debut as a director was a challenge with only €10,000 to make the magic happen. Domhnall, who plays Bill Weasley in the new Harry Potter movie, said it was "fantastic" to work alongside his father and brother on the project. "I'd have so much respect for my Dad and for Brian's work."

Brendan Gleeson is well-known for his role as Hogwarts professor Mad-Eye Moody.

"Being an actor in Harry Potter is a different experience. It's fantastic at the same time but there are so many extras and it's just so huge, you're not in control of anything. That's the nature of being an actor," said Domhnall.

His film is a story about two gardai who solve their own problems as they attempt to investigate a death. "One of the policemen has been working a long time (Brendan) and the other guy is just new (Brian).

"They're not related in the film. Brian is a talker, he's very sad and has broken up with his girlfriend. But my father isn't comfortable talking at all. They get out to a house down the country and find a dead body and things start to unravel.

"It's a comedy but it's sad and shocking in places," he added.

Working with family can have its drawbacks but Domhnall said his father "made it easy".

The actor also said that some money from the movie was donated to St Francis' Hospice in Raheny in Dublin.

'Noreen' is funded by Film Offaly in partnership with Filmbase. It will premiere in Tullamore Omniplex in the spring.

Irish Independent

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