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Tile Films three part drama series ‘Wrecking The Rising’ currently filming
19 Nov 2015 : Seán Brosnan
Peter Coonan, Owen McDonnell & Seán T. Ó Meallaigh in ‘Wrecking the Rising’ at the GPO, Dublin
Tile Films are currently filming a three part drama series entitled ‘Wrecking The Rising’ for TG4 which will hit screens in April next year.

‘Éirí Amach Amú’ (Wrecking The Rising) follows the fortunes of three Dublin men who travel back in time to 1916, just as the Easter Rising is about to break out. Their first act on arrival is to accidentally kill Pádraig Pearse. Realizing they have inadvertently ruined the Rising before it has even begun; they must somehow concoct a plan to keep history on course. But these three modern day re-enactors and self-proclaimed Rising experts find that they are altering history at every turn. Soon they are battling not only for their own futures but the entire country’s future too. The ensemble cast includes Peter Coonan (‘Love/Hate’), Owen McDonnell (‘An Klondike’), Sean T. Ó Meallaigh (‘Charlie’), Jeanne O’Connor (‘Sineater’), Enda Oates (‘Moone Boy’ and recent IFTA winner for ‘Fair City’), Eva Jane Gaffney (‘What Richard Did’) and Olga Wehrly (‘Dark Touch’).

Produced by Tile Films, whose past productions include ‘Saving the Titanic’ and ‘A Terrible Beauty’, the series is currently filming in Dublin and Galway.

The drama is being directed by Ruán Magan and produced by Stephen Rooke (who is also Executive Producer) and Catherine Quinn.

Speaking to IFTN about the series, Stephen Rooke said: “The drama lets viewers witness the events of Easter 1916 from a unique 21st-century perspective. Through the eyes of the characters, we really get a sense of what it was like to live and die on the streets of Dublin in 1916.”

Director Ruán Magan said: “This clever premise gives us a chance to step into the boots of someone who experienced the Rising first-hand, and witness these events from a 21st-century perspective. It also allows us to the see the Rising’s leaders as living, breathing human beings, with doubts and issues of their own to confront.”

Writer James Phelan (‘Rásaí na Gaillimhe’) insists that he did not intend to be irreverent in devising the concept: “I wanted to breathe some life back into historical events that are increasingly set in stone. I don’t see the point of simply reiterating the events of Easter week. The point of any drama is to reinvigorate and reengage. Through a fantastical premise, we can strip the veneer off of the Rising and evoke an exciting seismic week where suddenly everything is up for grabs again.”

The project’s crew includes acclaimed editor Anna Maria O’Flanagan (‘A Date for Mad Mary’), production designer Padraig O’Neill (‘Adam and Paul’) and DOP Colm Whelan (winner for a 2015 IFTA for Best Cinematography on Tile Films’ ‘A Terrible Beauty’).

‘Éirí Amach Amú’ (‘Wrecking The Rising’) is funded by TG4, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Sound & Vision III Funding Scheme, and Section 481. The series will be broadcast on TG4 in April 2016.

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