Sunday 25 March 2018

The Diary: 'Love/Hate' cast reunited for Galway gig

Rom-com: Aoibhinn McGinnity and Lochlann O Mearain in Poison Pen
Rom-com: Aoibhinn McGinnity and Lochlann O Mearain in Poison Pen

Kirsty Blake Knox and Bairbre Power

Gunmen's molls, drug mules, a brothel madam and a toothless gangster – sounds like the guest list for an interesting dinner party.

In fact, they're just some of the fascinating characters who'll be popping up at this year's Galway Film Fleadh.

But before all those artsy film buffs get their knickers in a twist, let me explain that pretty much the entire cast of Love/Hate are down to attend the cinephile festival.

Peter Coonan, aka Fran-the-Man, will take a break from rehearsals of Caroline Downey's production of Borstal Boy to attend the world premiere of urban flick Get Up and Go, along with his pal Killian Scott.

Susan Loughnane (Debbie), who is in the middle of penning her first novel, shares the silver screen with Love/Hate's Aoibhinn McGinnity (Trish), Mary Murray (Janet) and Aaron Heffernan (Detective Gavin) in rom-com Poison Pen.

"It's set in a gossip magazine," McGinnity explained as she wandered about Dublin's boardwalk. "She's a cover girl and I'm the editor-in-chief.

"It's funny but smart funny."

Written by Artemis Fowl author and Laureate na nóg Eoin Colfer, the film was cast, shot and in the can in six months – a pretty impressive coup.

Lochlann ó Mearain plays the lead role of PC Malloy – and was delivered the script while he waited for his wife Vicky to deliver their fourth baby.

"There was a lot going on that week, it was pretty hectic," he laughed. ó Mearain, who starred in the flop comedy The O'Briens, is heading over to Scotland this week to film period drama Outlander with Irish model-turned-actress Catriona Balfe.

But it's Once director John Carney who will kick-start proceedings with his highly anticipated musical film starring Keira Knightley and Adam Levine, Begin Again.

"We do have some very big names coming in," festival spokesperson William Fitzgerald said. "But this is more about the movies than the red carpet, razzmatazz stars and sparkle."

Don't be such a wet blanket, Wills. We live for the stars, we dream of the sparkle.

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