By David Hennessy
Open auditions are to be held for major roles in Jack Mulligan, the new short crime drama written and produced by Andy Nolan of The BibleCode Sundays and directed by award-winning Longford director Tom Begley.
Former boxer Steve Collins, armed robber turned best-selling author Noel “Razor” Smith, former bare knuckle champion boxer turned best-selling author James Quinn McDonagh and Birmingham-Irish boxer Matthew Macklin are already signed up to appear in the short drama.
Several parts are to be cast, including the lead role of Jack and that of his wife Louisa, who are both in the 25-35 age bracket.
Andy Nolan told The Irish World: “We’re certainly looking for a Jack Mulligan. Jack is a former criminal that comes back into his old West London neighbourhood to seek revenge on his former gang boss, Jimmy Callinan, who is played by Steve Collins so we’re looking for a Jack Mulligan who come on and take on Steve Collins!
“Jack Mulligan is definitely a hard character. He’s been away for ten years and he’s turned his back on that life of crime but there’s something that he can’t turn his back on for good. He needs to go back avenge a wrong. He needs to have charisma, he needs to have a presence.
“We’re also looking for his wife, Louisa and some supporting cast, gang members from different rival factions.
“Louisa, a former lawyer, wouldn’t be of the same make-up as Jack and some of his cronies. They were all lads on the wrong side of the track but Louisa, being a lawyer at the time, managed to pull Jack away from that life. She would very much like him not to return but he does.”
Jack Mulligan is the second film that Andy and Tom have collaborated on, with Tax City being their first. Steve Collins and Noel “Razor” Smith also starred in this one.
Andy continues: “This is an Irish story set in west London and I’d like that to come through with the characters. This is very much a North West London film set in the immigrant communities of Ladbroke Grove, Kilburn and that surrounding area.”
Jack Mulligan will be filmed in Ladbroke Grove, Kilburn, Notting Hill and other areas.
The first round of auditions is Friday May 22 3-9pm at London Bridge, 160 Tooley Street, London Bridge, SE1 2QH but there are further auditions to be held in the coming weeks.
Anyone interested should email their CVs and showreels to firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone with limited or no experience but interested is also encouraged to get in touch.
For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/JackMulliganMovie