Peter Mullan new star of Dragnet
by Annika Pham
The current shooting in Ireland of Dragnet, a German/UK/Irish co-production directed by Steven Hudson was for a moment in serious danger of being in jeopardy when the lead actor Robert Carlyle left the set after the sudden death of his father earlier this month. But the project was 'saved' by the quick agreement of Peter Mullan to replace his fellow countryman.
The star of On a Clear Day has therefore joined Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot) and Martin Compston in the story of struggling fishermen who take up the more profitable trade of smuggling illegal immigrants. Also part of the crew are DoP Peter Robertson (Song For a Raggy Boy), production designer John Hand (Pure Mule) costume designer Carole K.Millar (Ae Fond Kiss) and German editor Andrea Mertens.
The first feature film by Hudson who came under the spotlight when his short film Goodbye won the Best European Short Film Award in Venice 2004, will shoot for another three weeks in Ireland and will then move to Cologne, Germany for two weeks.
Dragnet is majority co-produced by Ariel Films (55%) in Germany with Makar Productionsin the UK (25%) and Samson Films in Ireland (20%), with support from Filmstiftung NRW, FFA, Scottish Screen , the Irish Film Board, BBC Films, ZDF/Arte, Eurimages and ScionUK. International sales are handled by the Australian Beyond Films.
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