Sunday 22 April 2018

Love Hate's Killian skips Berlin movie premiere 'to pay the bills'

Love Hate's Killian Scott
Love Hate's Killian Scott
Love/Hate's Charlie Murphy
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

HIS movie took centre stage at the Berlinale International Film Festival, but actor Killian Scott was a no-show at the premiere because work and bills came first.

While "71" was shown to audiences at the prestigious industry event in Germany, Killian (28) remained back home in Dublin to work this week.

However, he took some time out to mingle with Love/Hate friends at the Jameson Film Festival.

Killian's new movie sees the UCD graduate reunited with Wexford native Charlie Murphy, who Irish viewers know as his Love/Hate girlfriend Siobhan.

A thriller set in Northern Ireland, "71" tells the story of a British soldier who is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot in Belfast in 1971 and must survive the night by himself.

"It did get a great reception at Berlinale, " Killian said. "Unfortunately, I couldn't go though because I had to focus on my job and pay the bills, but it did well."

The film also marks the feature directorial debut of BAFTA-winning television director Yann Demange.

Killian is currently filming his next project, The Traders, a dark thriller helmed by Peter Murphy and Rachel Moriarty and featuring Game of Thrones actor John Bradley. The Dubliner did manage to take time out from the set to walk the red carpet at the screening of Calvary in the the capital this week.

And he made the most of the chance to spend time with his former Love/Hate co-star, Aidan Gillen.


"Aidan and I didn't really work that much together on 'Love/Hate', it was only afterwards that we became friends, so it's always a pleasure to see him," he said.

Although he only has a minor role in John Martin McDonagh's dark comedy Calvary, Killian insisted he relished the opportunity to get to work alongside Aidan again, as well as Chris O'Dowd, Brendan Gleeson and Pat Shortt.

"It was a real privilege -- I don't know what I was doing there," he said. "I loved every second of it. I just got into costume, learnt John's lines and just showed up."

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