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25 Feb 2010 |

Iain Glen in The Guards
Post production has completed on Magma Productions’ ‘The Guards’. Adapted from Irish crime novelist Ken Bruen’s novel of the same name the film stars Iain Glen (Tara Road, Resident Evil), Ralph Brown (Withnail and I, Cold Blood), Tara Breathnach (The Tudors) and Nora Jane Noone (Savage, The Magdalene Sisters). Magma also recently secured rights to the full Jack Taylor series of novels.

‘The Guards’ is directed by Stuart Orme (Merlin)and produced by Ralph Christians (Niko and the way to the Stars) and Clodagh Freeman (Summer of the Flying Saucer). The script for the project was adapted from Bruen’s novel by Anne McCabe, Tom Collins (Kings, The Boys of St. Columb’s) and Ralph Christians. Other crew involved includes Director of Photography John Conroy (The Bourne Ultimatum) and Production Designer Derek Wallace (Triage).

The 90 minute drama began shooting during the Autumn of 2009 in Galway and post was completed this week in Screenscene in Dublin.

’The Guards’ tells the story of Jack Taylor, an ex-cop played by Iain Glen who drinks too much and operates in the city as a private eye. When he’s asked to find a distraught mother’s missing daughter, he uncovers the seedy underbelly of Galway. He’s drawn into more intrigue by Tara Breathnach’s character, the beautiful Anne, and his paratrooper friend Sutton, played by Ralph Brown. When an old friend of Jack’s dies under mysterious circumstances, everything he believes in begins to unravel making him question even those closest to him.

The feature length drama is the first episode in a series of Jack Taylor stories, co-financed by German broadcaster RTL, Richard Price TV Associates, UK, The Media Fund and Magma Productions. Magma recently secured rights for the full Jack Taylor series of novels.

Producer Clodagh Freeman tells IFTN that she believes that “the time is right to bring Ken Bruen’s intriguing Jack Taylor series, with such a huge worldwide following, to the Irish and international screen.”

‘The Guards’ will receive a televised release and the broadcast date is yet to be confirmed.

More at jacktaylorfilms.com/

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