This short film was my first time working with Warrior Films. I'm happy to say that these guys remain friends of mine to this day. We shot it back in 2013.
I got the call from my agent to say I had an audition and that she would send on the script. I read it and thought it was a bit whacky and full of good fun.
I liked the idea of this Maths teacher being addicted to doing scratchcards. Having worked in the gambling industry part time for 5 years I could well believe it. Also, one little detail that I noticed was how he acted like a poker player as he would try to 'read' the scratchcards serial numbers and he would play with his €1 coins like a poker player would with his chips. Having played in hundreds of poker tournaments over the years I made sure to bring in a stack of €1 coins to the audition and brought my full array of coin/chip tricks. (I think this may have got me the part more than my reading but anyway...)
The short was shot over 2 or 3 nights in a working Petrol Garage on the outskirts of Dublin. It was directed by Philip Kelly. He co-wrote the script with Liam Ryan.
They assembled a great crew led by D.O.P JJ Rolfe.
They had a great cast with Conor Drum, who is on the comedy circuit in London, Ian Lloyd Anderson who is a well established theatre and TV actor currently working on the play 'Common' in the National Theatre in London and Sam Keeley who has appeared in big movies such as Ron Howard's 'In the Heart of the Sea' and recently in 'Anthropoid' alongside Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan.
All I remember doing is laughing my head off in between takes with these guys. A great bunch.
I remember insisting on wearing nerdy Y-Fronts inspired by Walter White from 'Breaking Bad'... (you'll see them, don't worry)
The film went on to several film festivals including TRIBECA. For one reason or another I never was free to get to see it in front of an audience, which was a pity but there ya go!
Enjoy the short film.
Hope you watched until the very end!