‘Stalker’ Available on DVD

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Stalker, the Irish psychological thriller by director Mark O’Connor, is now available to buy on DVD.

The film stars John Connors (Love/Hate, King of the Travellers), who co-wrote the film with Mark O’Connor, as Oliver, a volatile homeless man who wanders the streets of Dublin at Christmas time. He forms an unlikely relationship with the disaffected young Tommy, played by Barry Keoghan (Between the Canals71), whose uncle Rudyard, played by Peter Coonan (Love/Hate, The Guarantee), is a local drug dealer.

The feature is O’Connor’s third after Between the Canals and King of the TravellersMusic for the film comes from singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey.

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‘Stalker’ Premiere

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The red carpet premiere of Mark O’ Connor’s award winning new Irish film Stalker, starring John Connors (King of The Travellers), Barry Keoghan (71, Stay) and Peter Coonan (Love/Hate) is taking place tomorrow Wednesday, 26th  February in Dundrum.

 

Tickets are still available here

 

There will be a Q & A with the cast afterwards.

 

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Mark O’Connor’s ‘Stalker’ Released in Cinemas

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Stalker, the third feature from writer-director Mark O’Connor (Between the Canals, King of the Travellers) has confirmed its Irish cinema release date for February 28th, opening in selected cinemas. Stalker won the Underground Film Festival 2013, won second prize at the Galway Film Festival 2012 and has been selected for three film festivals in North America.  The film stars John Connors (King of The Travellers), Barry Keoghan (Stay, Between the Canals, 71) and Peter Coonan (King of the Travellers, ‘Love/Hate’) with singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey providing music for the film.

 

The film is an Irish psychological thriller and follows Oliver Nolan, a volatile homeless man, who wanders the streets of Dublin City during the Christmas period. After an unusual encounter with an evangelist, Oliver believes he is sent on a mission from God to clean up society. When he saves a disaffected young boy named Tommy from some local bullies an unlikely friendship is formed. Oliver soon learns that Tommy’s mother is a heroin addict and his uncle Rudyard is a local drug dealer, and takes it upon himself to get even with Rudyard and his gang of roguish criminals for taking advantage of his only friend, Tommy.

Commenting on how he wanted to make something unconventional and experimental, Mark O´Connor, writer-director said “Stalker was born out of the political and social crisis in the country. I talked to John Connors about a guy I knew from Ranelagh and that´s where the character of Oliver was born. Myself and John sat down and wrote Stalker over a 3 week period. John slept on the streets in character to prepare for the role and made a speech to 10,000 people at a political rally which we used in the film. There were several taboo subjects we wanted to explore which rarely get addressed in Irish cinema such as mental health, clerical abuse, homelessness etc. We hope Stalker gets people talking about these issues but also entertains. It´s very exciting to finally get a chance to showcase Stalker to the Irish public in cinemas.”

Producer TJ O Grady Peyton commented, “It’s been a long time coming, but we’re delighted to see Stalker finally getting a release in the cinema. In a recent article James Hickey, head of the Irish Film Board, said how ‘we’re going through a golden age of Irish cinema at the moment’ and he’s right. There are so many creative and talented filmmakers making films of all sizes in Ireland at the moment. It’s vitally important for them to be seen on home soil in the cinema as the film industry is not only important for our economy, but our culture. Stalker was made on a shoestring budget with friends and passionate filmmakers and actors so to see it on the big screen is a dream come true. This is Mark’s third feature and we all believe it’s his best yet. Mark is a force to be reckoned with and has one of the most distinctive and unique voices in Irish cinema. Five of our lead actors have main parts in ‘Love/Hate’ and we’ve no doubt that people are going to love this film.”

 

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‘Stalker’ Premieres in February

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Mark O’ Connor’s latest feature, ‘Stalker’, is set to premiere in Irish cinemas on 26th February.

Stalker is a psychological thriller starring John Connors, Peter Coonan Barry Keoghan, The film explores the relationship that develops between an unstable homeless man, Oliver Nolan, and a young, abused boy, Tommy. which has frightening and devastating consequences. Tommy’s mother is an addict who owes money to Tommy’s Uncle Rudyard, an upper class drug dealer. When Oliver learns that Tommy is dealing drugs for Rudyard he begins to stalk Rudyard and his gang of criminals. Through flashbacks to Oliver’s childhood we learn how he became homeless and mentally ill. As Tommy’s mother’s drug habit increases Oliver finds himself having to rescue Tommy from his situation while also facing up to his past demons.

The film has won the Underground Film Festival, won second prize at the Galway Film Festival in 2012, and has been selected for film festivals in North America.

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‘Stalker’ to Screen at Capital Irish Film Festival

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Stalker, directed by Mark O’Connor and written with John Connors, will premiere in the US at this year’s Capital Irish Film Festival on 5th December 2013.

The film stars Barry Keoghan, Peter Coonan, and John Connors as Oliver Nolan, a volatile homeless man who wanders the streets of Dublin at Christmas time. After an unusual encounter with a priest, Oliver believes he is sent on a mission from God to clean up society. When he saves a disaffected young boy named Tommy from some local bullies an unlikely friendship is formed. Tommy’s mother is an addict and his uncle Rudyard a local drug dealer. Oliver takes it upon himself to get even with Rudyard and his gang of petty criminals for taking advantage of his only friend, Tommy.

 

The Capital Irish Film Festival takes place in Washington, D.C. 5 – 8 December, 2013.

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‘Stalker’ at the Killer Film Festival

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Mark O’Connor’s Stalker has just been selected to have its international premiere at the Killer Film Festival (25 – 26 October) in Boston.

 

O’Connor’s third feature stars John Connors as quiet homeless man Oliver Nolan who wanders the streets of Dublin and starts a friendship with a young disaffected teenager named Tommy (Barry Keoghan). Tommy’s mother is an addict who owes money to Tommy’s Uncle Rudyard (Peter Coonan), an upper class drug dealer. When Oliver learns that Tommy is dealing drugs for Rudyard he begins to stalk Rudyard and his gang of criminals. Through flashbacks to Oliver’s childhood we learn how he became homeless and mentally ill. As Tommy’s mother’s drug habit increases Oliver finds himself having to rescue Tommy from his situation while also facing up to his past demons

 

http://killerfilmfest.com/films

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‘Stalker’ wins Best Film at Underground Cinema Film Festival

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The 4th Underground Cinema Film Festival came to a close this weekend with the screening of the Irish fantasy film adventure The Shadows, directed by Colin Downey plus the festival party in Dun Laoghaire.

This year’s winners at the festival were:

Stalker, Mark O’Connor’s latest film, won Best Film, following on from being runner-up Best Feature Film at the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this year. O’Connor’s film has just secured a cinema release for the New Year.

Richard Wolstencroft’s documentary, The Last Days of Joe Blow, was awarded Best International Film.

Maurice O Carroll’s version of the classic Bryan MacMahon story Windows of Wonder won Best Short Film.

Hannah Finlay’s Éimear won Best Student Film for its study into the representations of women in Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ films.

And Best Music Video was awarded to Razorblades and Ashtrays (We The People), directed by Paul Lynch

Check out the trailer for Stalker below.

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