Saturday 22 October 2016

Filming Rising drama at gaol was spooky - Brian Gleeson


Brian Gleeson with his father Brendan and brother Domhnall.
Brian Gleeson with his father Brendan and brother Domhnall.

Brian Gleeson has said it was "spooky" shooting RTE's upcoming drama Rebellion at Kilmainham Gaol.

The series charts the lead-up to the 1916 Rising and has been filmed at locations across Dublin.

Brian plays a fictional character named Jimmy Mahon "who is a socialist and a member of the Irish Citizen Army".

"The action scenes were really tough - we shot at Kilmainham Gaol, which was quite spooky," he said.

As the series looks at some of the most pivotal moments in Irish history, Brian said he had to make sure he had all his facts right.

"I think reading was definitely required - we were all brushing-up off the old Leaving Cert history books," he said.

Other RTE dramas such as Love/Hate have been sold to other networks across the world, and Brian believes Rebellion will have great success abroad.

"I remember being in New York and Barry Keoghan was there and the barman in the pub recognised him from Love/Hate, which was incredible," he said. "That whole Irish-American connection is so strong, and I think this show has every chance of travelling.

"It'll be on screens in January, so it's getting in there nice and early and starting the dialogue leading up to the centenary."


Rebellion also features Charlie Murphy, Sarah Greene, Ruth Bradley and Kieran O'Reilly.

Filming wrapped last week, and Brian said he's looking forward to a well-earned break.

"We've been shooting this for 10 weeks, so it'll be nice to have a bit of time off," he said.

Brian's brother, Domhnall, is making headlines across the globe for his role in the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens.

Domhnall, who plays General Hux, has avoided spilling any secrets to his family.

"There's been stuff coming out, like the picture of him in costume, but he hasn't told me anything - for my own safety," said Brian.

The pair recently starred on stage in The Walworth Farce with their dad Brendan.

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