Film students left reeling as Nidge pops in for chat
A GROUP of film students got an unexpected masterclass when the director and star of hit show 'Love/Hate' dropped by unannounced.
David Caffrey and Tom Vaughan Lawlor popped in to the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) Film & Documentary students to give the lowdown on everything from working on a budget to getting into character.
Celine Curtin, lecturer in Production, Broadcasting & Film Studies at GMIT said the visit was very spur of the moment but left a lasting impression on students.
"David and I are old friends and he was in Galway for the Film Centre Seminar. He asked if he could speak to the students, and I was delighted," she explained. The timing for the event was perfect, as on the same day, student Joey Colfer gave a presentation on 'Love/Hate' to the class.
"We usually have a Q&A after the presentations but I gave them a coffee break and got David. He came back in and said he'd be taking the Q&A.
"The students couldn't believe it. He stayed for an hour answering questions," said Ms Curtin.
While students were delighted with the unexpected advice, their day was about to get even better.
Excited by the energy in the class, David Caffrey phoned 'Love/ Hate' star Tom Vaughan Lawlor who jumped at the chance of speaking to the group.
"They nearly collapsed when he walked in," added Ms Curtin. The students spent an hour and a half in total grilling the director and star. "Tom is a man so dissimilar to his character Nidge that it is an immediate reflection of the depth of his acting skills," she said. He too, advised students about approaches and strategies in directing actors in order to achieve the best performance and deliver the story.
"The students have to direct their own shorts but none of them asked Tom to star in it – which I thought was stupid. I'd have asked."
The GMIT lecturer said she was already working on another surprise guest.