Sunday 17 December 2017

Love/Hate's Ruth Bradley takes on lead role in new Irish movie 'Pursuit'

Actrees Ruth Bradley at the Skoda Dublin premiere of Irish car-chase movie, 'Pursuit' at the Imc Cinema ,Tallaght Dublin
Actrees Ruth Bradley at the Skoda Dublin premiere of Irish car-chase movie, 'Pursuit' at the Imc Cinema ,Tallaght Dublin

Elaine McCahill

Irish actress Ruth Bradley is doing it for the girls.

Ruth takes on the lead role in Irish film Pursuit, which is a modern telling of the classic Irish legend of Diarmuid and Grainne.

Ruth says she relished playing the role as Irish legends are filled with so many strong female characters.

"We have so many amazing stories and the women are always really strong in them," Ruth told the Herald at the movie's Irish premiere at the IMC in Tallaght last night.

"They are at the centre, they're not sitting in the background being nice girlfriends and wives, so of all the known legends to retell they should do the Irish ones. And I always loved Diarmuid and Grainne, it's a great story."


Ruth will also appear in RTE's 1916 drama Rebellion, which tells the story of The Rising from a female perspective.

"We're hearing voices we wouldn't have before," she said.

Bradley's Rebellion co-star Barry Ward also appears in Pursuit, playing her lover Diarmuid, while Liam Cunningham stars as the great warrior Fionn mac Cumhaill.

Game of Thrones star Liam said the movie "has a Love/Hate feel to it".

"It's all about Dublin gangs and drugs and we call Dublin 'Tara' in it," he said.

"It was a really fun film to make, the director Paul Mercier was the one who gave me my first break in acting and he's a fantastic writer. That's why I did it.

Actors David Pearse, Don Wycherley and Liam Cunningham at the Skoda Dublin premiere of Irish car-chase movie, 'Pursuit' at the Imc Cinema in Tallaght Dublin

Actors David Pearse, Don Wycherley and Liam Cunningham  at the Skoda  Dublin premiere of Irish car-chase movie, 'Pursuit' at the Imc Cinema in Tallaght Dublin

"Plus, it's nice to do a version of an old Irish legend and it's lovely to shoot in the West of Ireland."

While he filmed in the depths of the Wild Atlantic Way, his co-star Brendan Gleeson - who plays a mythical monster called Searbhan - got to film in the warmth of the Iberian peninsula.

"Brendan got all the glamour, he was out in Spain. I can't get out of this place, I'm always filming up North for Game of Thrones so I'm always working in the cold."

Speaking of the popular fantasy series, the East Wall native has just returned from opening a Game of Thrones exhibition at the Louvre in Paris.

"I'm back shooting the show on Monday and I love it, it's wonderful," he said.

"You're not going to be doing an exhibition at the Louvre unless it's appreciated as an artistic endeavour.

"The show gives me a bit of freedom in that I'm not always worrying about bills and I can work on projects that won't necessarily buy you a Ferrari, but are artistically rewarding.

"This was one of those films and the film I was promoting at the Venice Film Festival, The Childhood of a Leader, which I did with Robert Pattinson, was one as well," he added.

Tallaght native Ciaran O'Brien had the fun job of being behind the wheel of the Skoda cars in the film.

"I'd only driven a bit beforehand so it was a bit scary driving the getaway car," he said.

"Filming was funny because I'm supposed to be this rally car driver, but there were points where I'd be jumping in to the car and it would just cut out."

The film is set for release at a range of cinemas across the country from September 18, but director Mercier isn't sure how well it will translate abroad.

"It's really aimed towards an Irish audience at the moment, it's hard to know how it will travel," he said.

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