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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Love/Hate molls scrub up well for posh new movie

Susan Loughnane in Poison Pen movie
Susan Loughnane in Poison Pen movie

THEY dabble in heroin, prostitution and extra marital affairs in Love/Hate so actress Mary Murray admitted it was a "pleasant change" filming romantic comedy Poison Pen.

The Dubliner stars in the new movie alongside her gangland co-stars Aoibhinn McGinnity and Susan Loughnane and Mary told the Herald it was "a joy" to get to shoot scenes in lavish, upmarket establishments instead of the gritty locations they're used to in Stuart Carolan's RTE drama.

"The locations they found for it were amazing because we started in a beautiful Georgian House that was a mix of old and new and had a real sense of Yale about the place," Ballyfermot native Mary said.

"We kind of continued that way, into incredible restaurants and hotels, so everywhere we shot was exactly like it read in the script and sensationally beautiful - very different to Love/Hate."

Written by Artemis Fowl author and Laureate na nóg Eoin Colfer, Poison Pen was cast, shot and completed in six months.

The flick centres on a gossip magazine and high-brow professor PC Malloy, who is forced to work at the publication to make money.

FEiSTY

Mary, who plays brothel owner Janet in Love/Hate, said she couldn't wait to step out as a feisty agent.

"I play Dora, the confidante to Lochlann Mearain's character PC Malloy, and I'm basically the one who persuades him to pay the bills and take the job, like his fairy godmother," Mary said.

"We're all playing very different characters to our Love/Hate parts and that makes it interesting because you see us together in a completely different light.

"It was an opportunity to show what else we can do - and most of us are playing the parts with English accents too," she said.

Poison Pen will enjoy its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh today.

"It was great fun making it and the people involved were so organised, considering we only filmed it a few weeks ago," Mary said.

"But they were pulling out all the stops to get it into the festival programme and they didn't compromise."

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