THE HIT PRODUCER; INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR AND STAR OF NEW IRISH MOVIE

October 14, 2015

It may have picked up 8 awards at IndieFEST, but no-budget Irish thriller ‘The Hit Producer’ is just being released in one Dublin cinema. Paul Byrne talks to director Kevin de la Isla O’Neill and star Michelle Doherty about their shot in the dark.

Shot around Dublin over weekends on a crowd-funded budget of just €18,000, there’s plenty to admire about ‘The Hit Producer’, a black comedy thriller that’s part ‘The Player’, part ‘Nikita’, and quite a chunk of ‘Love/Hate’.Not that writer Niall Queenan and director Kevin de la Isla O’Neill (half-Irish/half-Mexican, hence the perfumed name) would have been all that aware of the RTÉ Dublin gangsta TV hit when they first started out creating ‘The Hit Producer’. For each of them, and for most of their cast and crew, this was a shot in the dark, a first-time feature built out of a lust for film, a plethora of favours, and some 18-hour shooting days.

Charting the mildly ridiculous adventures of a struggling Dublin film producer (Michelle Doherty) who is forced to go trigger-happy deep into Dublin’s underground after a financing deal goes bizarrely bloody, ‘The Hit Producer’ picked up a staggering 8 awards at the IndieFEST Film Awards in California last September – including Feature Film, Directing,

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