Nick Moran attended an exclusive Jameson Cult Film Club screening of Guy Richie’s iconic crime comedy, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels at Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre on Monday 23rd March, as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. The actor participated in an in-depth Q&A about the movie with presenter Dave Fanning along with recreating the infamous poker game scene with look-alike actors, much to the delight of guests.
The interactive Jameson Cult Film Club screening is widely regarded as one of the most hotly anticipated events in the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival programme, and organisers did not disappoint. Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre was completely transformed into a series of sets from the movie including Timothy’s Boxing Gym and Eddy’s Apartment next to the gang hideout.
Iconic scenes such as Plank’s head going through the wall, Eddy leaving the boxing club after losing the card game and the end scene with Tom hanging over the bridge reaching for the antique guns were acted out by lookalike actors throughout the screening. During another live scene when Gloria opens fire with machine gun, the audience were treated to spectacular pyrotechnics display as ‘debris’ landed on their laps.
Commenting on the film’s cult status, Nick Moran said “I’m looking forward to my time at this year’s Jameson’s Dublin International Film Festival; it is an honour to represent this classic film.”
Following the screening, the party continued in true Jameson style with DJ Aidan Kelly on decks. Guests enjoying the Jameson Ginger and Limes at the venue included rugby player Mike McCarthy, international model Sam Homan, actors Adam Weafer, Carl Shaaban and Leigh Arnold along with presenters Dave Fanning and Lottie Ryan.
For the uninitiated, Jameson Cult Film Club is all about watching your favourite cult films at spectacular screenings, staged to transport you into the film’s universe. This is a free event for movie fans, check out www.jamesoncultfilmclub.ie for details of upcoming screenings and register your details for the chance to win free tickets.
DIR: Nick Moran • WRI: Kevin Lewis, Nick Moran • PRO: Judith Hunt • DOP: Peter Wignall • ED: Trevor Waite • DES: Russell De Rozario • CAST: Natascha McElhone, Ioan Gruffudd, Rupert Friend
The Kid is the film adaptation of the autobiography of the same name, which details the abusive upbringing (or lack thereof) of Kevin Lewis. It has been crudely slotted into the ‘misery memoir’ genre but this doesn’t do justice to this stranger than fiction tale of a truly inspiring man whose good nature triumphed over incredible adversity and ended a cycle of violent physical and mental abuse.
The Kid is directed by Nick Moran who is best known for his role as Eddy in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Moran was approached to direct the film following the success of his first feature, Telstar, which he also wrote. The strength of Moran’s reputation and that of the source material meant that The Kid was blessed with an exceptionally gifted ensemble cast. Kevin Lewis is played as boy, teenager and adult by newcomer William Finn Miller, Augustus Prew and Rupert Friend respectively. All three do Kevin’s tormented past justice through their sympathetic portrayals with Friend of particular note as the insecure and heart-wrenchingly gentle adult Kevin. Friend threw himself head first into the role going so far as to get boxing lessons from our very own former World Champion, Steve Collins. Of the supporting cast Kevin’s parents, played by Natascha McElhone and Con O’Neill, are especially memorable. McElhone immerses herself in the role and is almost completely unrecognisable as the physically and mentally hideous villain of Kevin’s memoir. O’Neill is remarkable as Kevin’s alcoholic father and turns in a real star role as he somehow manages to evoke the audience’s sympathy despite his character’s considerable flaws. O’Neill was wisely retained by Moran from the leading role of Telstar and deserves to be in many more high profile and highly demanding roles in the future.
Given the brutal childhood of Kevin Lewis, The Kid could easily have been filmed along the lines of The Passion of The Christ but Moran mercifully chooses to focus instead on the uplifting success of Kevin’s life. The film does go to the dark places which are unavoidable in telling this story but chooses not to linger there. As Moran himself states; violence is a currency in the film but Kevin chooses not to endorse it and the film respects his attitude. There are moments of violence but these are brief and almost entirely kept off screen and never glorified.
With The Kid Nick Moran has justified his initial plaudits and is fully deserving of inclusion within a very exciting troupe of young, brave directors coming out of the UK at present. While he is not planning on hanging up his acting gloves just yet, one can only hope he continues on as he has begun and maintains his championing of Con O’Neill.
Rated 16 (see IFCO website for details)
The Kid is released on 17th September 2010
The Kid – Official Website