Thursday 19 April 2018

Jack Reynor talks filming 'The Secret Scripture' at Bow Street opening

Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Filmmaker Jim Sheridan commended Vincent Browne's acting prowess at the launch of Bow Street Academy of Acting.

Browne makes a fleeting cameo in Sheridan's upcoming film 'The Secret Scripture' playing the part of a doctor.

"Vincent was causing trouble like he always does,' he told Independent.ie.

"I love him, I love the way he stands up and asks the hard questions and he brought a lot to the part."

Peter Coonan and Kelly Thornton at the opening of the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting, Smithfield. Picture:Arthur Carron
Peter Coonan and Kelly Thornton at the opening of the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting, Smithfield. Picture:Arthur Carron
Jay Duffy (son of Keith Duffy) at the opening of the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting, Smithfield. Picture:Arthur Carron
Maureen Hughes, casting director at the opening of the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting, Smithfield. Picture:Arthur Carron
Sam Keeley at the opening of the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting, Smithfield. Picture:Arthur Carron
Simon Fitzmaurice with wife Ruth (right) and Katherine Kennedy, film producer at the opening of the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting, Smithfield. Picture:Arthur Carron
Brian Gleeson and Kieran O'Reilly at the opening of the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting, Smithfield. Picture:Arthur Carron
Gabby Murphy and Barry Keoghan at the opening of the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting, Smithfield. Picture:Arthur Carron
Paul O'Connor, Maureen Hughes, Jim Sheridan and Shimmy Marcus at the opening of the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting, Smithfield. Picture:Arthur Carron
Paul O'Connor, Maureen Hughes, Jim Sheridan and Shimmy Marcus at the opening of the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting, Smithfield. Picture:Arthur Carron
Maureen Hughes and Jim Sheridan at the opening of the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting, Smithfield. Picture:Arthur Carron
John McColgan and Moya Doherty at the opening of the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting, Smithfield. Picture:Arthur Carron
Maureen Hughes and Jim Sheridan at the opening of the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting, Smithfield. Picture:Arthur Carron

Sheridan rushed from the set of the film adaptation of Sebastian Barry's 2008 novel for the launch of the innovative screen acting school.

"A school like this is well overdue," Sheridan said. "We have tremendous stage actors and this is a great training ground for the screen. I have 29 of the Bow Street students working on The Secret Scripture."

Bow Street is a continuation of The Factory; the well-known creative hub in Dublin's docklands which was forced to close following its eviction by NAMA.

But having "fought like hell", casting director Maureen Hughes along with filmmaker Shimmy Marcus and manager Paul O'Connor set up shop in the historic Bar Council of Ireland's former courthouse on Bow Street.

Maureen Hughes is one of the most renowned casting directors in the industry having worked on seminal dramas Love/ Hate and Charlie.

"It's an incredible night," Hughes said. "We have worked extremely hard so it is wonderful to see so many of our students and back here for the official launch."

RTE's head of drama Jane Gogan, Riverdance creator John McColgan, actor Brian Gleeson, former Love/ Hate star Peter Coonan and director John Carney were all in attendance.

Jack Reynor was one of the last guests to arrive. "I think it's an incredible hub for emerging talent and the teachers are incredible," he said.

Gerry Grennell is one of the acting coaches. Grennell has taught the crème de la crème of the Hollywood Hills including Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando and Tom Cruise.

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