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#IrishFilm: Veteran star Brian Cox joins Irish short film Kubrick By Candlelight

Redmond Barry Films have announced that legendary actor of stage and screen, Brian Cox, has joined the cast of their short film, Kubrick By Candlelight, as The Narrator.

Kubrick By Candlelight is a light-hearted romantic comedy set behind the scenes of the filming in Ireland in 1973 of Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon.

Darragh O’Toole (South, Red Rock), Amy Hughes (Vikings), Phelim Drew (Angela’s Ashes, My Left Foot) join newcomers Mark Lawrence as Mark Thornton and Michael Thomas Nolan as Stanley Kubrick. Rounding out the cast is internet sensation, impressionist and comedian Al Foran as Mick Molloy.

Cox, an Emmy Award-winning star of films as diverse as Manhunter, Zodiac, Troy, Braveheart, X-Men, The Bourne Films, Adaptation and most recently Churchill, said of the film “it’s charming and original…and very funny”.

I am thrilled to have Brian join the cast as our Narrator. I’ve been a huge fan since I saw him as Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter and he’s been a presence in my favourite movies ever since. He brings amazing gravitas to the film and I couldn’t be happier.
David O’Reilly, Writer and Director

Kubrick By Candlelight shot over 4 days in December 2016, having secured the Film Offaly/Filmbase Bursary Award. The addition of Brian Cox to the cast comes as the film completes post production.

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Peadar Ó Riada plays his father Seán Ó Riada’s haunting love theme from Barry Lyndon “Mná na hÉireann” (Women of Ireland) on the soundtrack, joining a group of talented musicians including composer and performer Ewan Cowley (The High Kings, Celtic Women), Joe Csibi (former Musical Director of Riverdance) and Gavin Cowley (Glimmermen) who perform traditional Irish music influenced by Barry Lyndon as well as music from other Kubrick films.

1970’s Irish rock band Cromwell have kindly allowed the producers to use two of their tracks “Down on the Town” and “First Day” which they hope will add to the 70’s flavour.

To have Peadar, who is an incredible musician and composer in his own right, playing on his father’s track Women of Ireland is both exciting and very moving. It connects our own little film to Barry Lyndon, Kubrick and Irish musical history in such a strong and powerful way.

When Gavin Cowley discovered Cromwell and “Down on the Town” I fell in love with it instantly. It’s raw, smells of the 1970s in Ireland and is a cracking song. I tracked down Pat Brady (lead singer of Cromwell) in Australia and he very generously gave us permission to use the song as well as First Day. Both songs are perfect. This film is big, bold and ambitious and adding Brian, Peadar and Cromwell to the mix has lifted it way beyond my hopes.

This is a feel good film that I hope will lift people’s spirits during these strange and troubling times
David O’Reilly, Writer and Director

The Kubrick By Candlelight team now plan to enter the film in to film festivals in Ireland, the UK and worldwide. They also have a number of very special screenings and events planned for the coming months.

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