Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

A brand new movie starring County Down-born comic and presenter Patrick Kielty had its world premiere in Belfast on Thursday.

The drama Ballywalter was shot on quite a lot of areas on the Ards Peninsula and in Belfast.

Kielty has acted on stage earlier than however that is his first feature-film position.

“Weirdly, I did not suppose it was actual. Whenever you get to my stage, you are not likely anticipating to be provided the lead in a film,” he instructed BBC Radio Ulster.

“It has been one of the superb adventures that I’ve had.”

Nevertheless, the comedian mentioned he was very a lot out of his consolation zone and was feeling very anxious forward of the premiere.

“I’ve by no means been extra nervous about something in my life,” Kielty mentioned.

“The concept of not being in management… the truth that I will be within the viewers, really watching this, not having the ability to do something about it – terrifying.”

Ballywalter, which additionally stars Dubliner Seána Kerslake, is directed by Prasanna Puwanarajah and is the opening movie of the 2022 Belfast Movie Pageant.

Places featured within the movie embrace Belfast’s Nice Victoria Avenue, the Sunflower Pub, the Ulster Sports activities Membership and the Empire Music Corridor on Botanic Avenue.

The Empire was the place Kielty started his stand-up comedy profession within the Nineteen Nineties.

Stand-up comedy additionally options within the plot of Ballywalter, which was shot in December 2020 and January 2021.

Can comedy heal?

Kielty performs Shane, who’s struggling after the breakdown of his marriage and tries to get his life again on observe by enrolling on a 12-week stand-up comedy course.

He lives on the primary road in Ballywalter on the Ards Peninsula, proper beside the Irish Sea, and should take a taxi to Belfast to go to the course each Friday.

“When comedy is at its greatest, it is a form of therapeutic,” the course tutor tells Shane and the opposite college students.

Shane’s taxi driver every week is cynical 20-something Eileen – performed by Kerslake – who’s disillusioned and uncertain of her future after returning to Belfast from London.

Story continues

Each live in quiet despair, however as Eileen and Shane share the weekly 25-mile journey between Ballywalter and Belfast they discover out extra about one another and their friendship develops.

“Effectively, [did you] make anybody giggle?” Eileen asks Shane on one early journey.

“Not but,” Shane replies.

On a later journey, Eileen questions Shane about why he has taken up comedy.

“I do not know,” he replies. “Problem, do one thing that scares you, dance like no-one’s watching you, etcetera – that is what the top medical doctors say.”

Talking to the BBC’s Good Morning Ulster programme, Kielty praised the “superb solid” and described his younger co-star as “good”.

“She by no means got here out of character the entire time, so the primary time that I heard Seána’s Dublin accent was at any time when we really wrapped, which was very, very weird,” he mentioned.

“She’s enjoying a lady from east Belfast who has hit on exhausting instances; strikes again from London and her life is falling aside.

“She finally ends up driving her boyfriend’s taxi and she or he finally ends up selecting up my character, Shane, who’s hiding out in Ballywalter – he is acquired a secret.

“And it is form of the story of two damaged folks which are hiding and, at any time when they’re thrown collectively on a collection of journeys, can they really perhaps assist put one another collectively once more?”

Kielty added that her character is far funnier than Shane the trainee stand-up comedian and admits his co-star “steals the present”.

“That is Seána Kerslake’s film and I’m simply pleased to be her wing man on this,” he mentioned.

Political world ‘letting Northern Eire down’

Kielty not too long ago instructed the US movie and TV web site Deadline that Shane and Eileen’s relationship mirrored lots about Northern Eire.

“There are such a lot of moments the place we have not been led and we have needed to lead ourselves,” he instructed Deadline.

“A variety of that’s on the coronary heart of the movie, which is about two folks on their very own who should do it for themselves, and whether or not they may also help themselves by means of it.

“In Northern Eire at the moment, persons are surviving due to their relationships and friendships,” he added.

“They’re making their very own future as a result of no-one’s really serving to them; no-one’s really main them and the political world is letting them down,” he mentioned.

“This can be a story of two folks that truly did not suppose they have been going to make it, and ended up discovering one another and realising that perhaps they might,” he added.

Though Kielty is greatest often called a comic and presenter, he has additionally made quite a lot of documentaries.

They embrace My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me, about his father’s homicide by loyalist paramilitaries in 1988 and the legacy of the Good Friday Settlement.

Ballywalter was written by the Belfast-born screenwriter Stacey Gregg whose earlier movie – the thriller Right here Alone – acquired spectacular critiques.

“For a very long time as a screenwriter, it was extremely exhausting to make materials about Northern Eire if it wasn’t explicitly in regards to the Troubles,” she mentioned,

“Now we’re lastly getting into a very thrilling interval the place persons are prepared to listen to extra of a range of voices.”

The movie marks Prasanna Puwanarajah’s directing debut.

He’s additionally a author and actor who has appeared in quite a lot of TV dramas and is about to play the previous BBC reporter Martin Bashir within the new Netflix collection of The Crown.

The premiere of Ballywalter takes place at Cineworld in Belfast on Thursday.

The Belfast Movie Pageant runs from 3 November to 12 November.

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