With Paddy Considine visiting Dublin for the Darklight Festival, Movies.ie presents ten fascinating facts about everyone’s favorite indie thesp.

Kicking off in Dublin today is this year’s Darklight Festival. Over the next four days, Dublin will
play host to an eclectic series of screenings, seminars, workshops and special
events, all with the aim of celebrating cutting-edge film, animation, art and technology.

 

As part of the festival, the team here at Movies.ie is also
very proud to bring you a special focus on award-winning British filmmaking
team ‘Warp Films’ at this year’s festival. The tribute to ‘Warp’ will feature a
workshop with acclaimed actor Paddy Considine, who will present a screening of
Shane Meadows’ ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’ and his own directorial debut ‘Dog
Altogether’. (clips below).

 

But what do you really know about the British born thesp
Paddy Considine? Movies.ie investigates.


1. As a teenager Considine studied a Performing Arts course at Burton College where he met with friend and director Shane Meadows.

 

2. Considine and Meadows formed a band called ‘She talks to angels’. Paddy AKA “Bam-Bam” was their drummer.

 

3. Paddy went studied photography at Brighton University where he earned a first class honors degree.

 

4. His first acting role was as the disturbed character Morell in ‘A Room for Romeo Brass’ (1999). Despite the films huge success at the Edinburgh film festival rumour has it that Paddy found himself at the local Job centre the Monday following its premiere.

 

5. Considine is intensely private with his personal life and is known for his apathetic stance towards celebrity and the ideals of Hollywood, once stating “If I ever become a celebrity, I’ll f*cking disappear and go and make shoes like Daniel Day Lewis.”


6. Both Toby Kebbell and Paddy Considine have played Rob Gretton, Joy Division’s band manager. Toby Kebbell in ‘Control’ (2007) and Paddy Considine in ’24 Hour Party People’ (2002).


7.His father died from cancer one week before filming began for ‘In America.’

 

8. Considine asserted his importance within the film world in his popular and widely recognised award winning role as Richard the revengeful brother in the applauded film ‘Dead man’s Shoes’ (2004) which he co-wrote with Shane Meadows.

 

9. His directorial debut ‘Dog Altogether’ is partially based on life of his father Joseph. The film went on to win a Silver Lion Award at the 2007 Venice Film Festival for Best Short Film, and a BIFA Award for Best British Short at the 2007 British International Film Awards.


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Between films Paddy has found time for involvement in popular music videos for the likes of UK indie-rock darlings; The Arctic Monkeys with ‘Leave before the lights come on’ (2006) for which he starred and wrote, and appearances in Coldplay’s ‘God put a smile upon your face’ (2003) and Moloko’s ‘Familiar feeling’ (2003) As well as a voice over on the TV advert for hit EA soccer computer game ‘FIFA 07’.


The Darklight festival, running June 26th -29th, will be held in Film Base, the Irish Film Institute and The Light House Cinema. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the IFI and The Light House. Seminar/workshop tickets can be purchased directly via Darklight on (01) 670 9017 or online at www.darklight.ie.