Claddagh fundraiser for London Irish crime film

Jack poster

David Hennessy talks to Tom Begley, director of forthcoming short crime drama, Jack Mulligan

The Claddagh Ring in Hendon is the venue for an upcoming fundraiser for the short crime drama, Jack Mulligan on Saturday June 20. Written by Andy Nolan of The BibleCode Sundays and directed by award-winning Longford director, Jack Mulligan tells the story of a former criminal who returns to his old stamping ground to exact some revenge. Set to appear are former world middleweight boxing champion Steve Collins and best selling author Noel ‘Razor’ Smith, who will both be there on the night. Also among the cast are current boxer Matthew Macklin, former bare knuckle boxing champion James Quinn McDonagh and London Mayor Boris Johnson who is set to appear as himself.

Andy Nolan and Tom Begley previously collaborated on the short film, Tax City that also starred Collins and Smith.

There is £5,000 in place for the film through private investment and crowd-funding. The fundraiser is expected to raise £3-4,000 but with the costs of paying and feeding the cast and crew totalling almost £2,000 a day, the director Tom Begley appeals to any potential investors.

Tom told The Irish World: “It would be great if we could get a bit of money from somewhere. It just allows us to make this without having to cut too many corners.

“There’s a nice story here. A girl gets a building and she ends up in a wheelchair so there is a back story to it.

“That’s my genre, I like digging deep and just getting visual ideas, I can see it all. I spent the whole afternoon, evening and night with the DOP (director of photography) last night and we came up with some brilliant ideas that are achievable. Obviously, it would be nice to have cranes and planes but we have to work within the remit that we have.”

taxcity17The company recently issued an open casting call to any actors who wanted to audition for parts in the film, including the lead role of Jack.

Tom continues: “We’ve been auditioning there for the last couple of weeks. We’ve had loads of applications through yourselves, hundreds of people applied. I know in my mind’s eye now who I’m after, who I want in these parts so we’ll get them together in a couple of weeks, do a bit of a workshop, see how the dynamic works out and then make the final decision from there.

“The hardest thing is a lot of people have come in and they’ve been good people as well and it just makes it really hard to choose but I’d rather have it this way than the other way, thanks to the paper for putting it out there. It certainly has thrown up a problem for us in one sense, we’re spoiled for choice.”

Among the items to be auctioned on the night are a Republic of Ireland shirt signed by Robbie Keane, boxing gloves signed by Matthew Macklin and signed Shane MacGowan prints.

Shooting will take place August 10-24.

The Jack Mulligan fundraiser takes place at the Claddagh Ring. Entry is £10. Doors open at 8.30pm.

You can donate directly to the film’s budget by going to


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