‘We raided the Penneys to get the costumes for our low-budget IRA movie – then we bring them back when we’re done’

A former windshield repairman from Dublin has made his film debut at the prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival in California.

Partly from replacing car windshields, Luke Hanlon eventually became the face of Autoglass TV commercials, and has now written, directed, and produced his own film in the background. scene The 1980s Dublin Troubles – financed entirely with his savings.

Hanlon (40) wrote and directed Troubles, a Dublin Story over 18 months, based on the story of two Dublin brothers on true accounts of the people involved.

The director first grew up in Santry in Dublin and began his career as a technician for Autoglass before taking on the role of the face of the TV commercial ‘Autoglass repair, replace Autoglass’ their.


The Troubles, a Dublin Story had its world premiere at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh

After that, Hanlon started making supporting films and discovered writing as a way to deal with depression.

“I have depression, and I just need to write. I drank too much when I left Autoglass, I was stupid. Writing saved my life,” he told Independent.ie.

“I have no job, no money. I was at a low level, and someone said, ‘you’re good at words. Why don’t you try writing something down? ‘ I always had the idea for this movie because I grew up in that world.

“I always find that when I watch IRA movies, they’ve been limed. They are either proud freedom fighters with these high morals or they are portrayed as terrorists. But to me, it’s just normal guys. These people work from nine to five.

“They are very, very ordinary. They are not moralistic freedom fighters, nor are they evil terrorists.”

Through the film, Hanlon said he wanted to draw a connection between seemingly nonviolent actions and the ultimate terrorist attacks — and how many participants “didn’t understand the meaning” of the IRA.


The Troubles, a Dublin Story sees Sophia Adli take on the role of Rosie

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“The film follows how a robbery in Dublin can lead to a bomb killing innocent children. They were so far away from it that a lot of them couldn’t see it. They’ll think, ‘We don’t do that. We’re just making money from this pub. he said.

“I was warned not to mention such things. It’s only 30 to 40 years old so it’s still very primitive. A lot of people don’t talk about this, but we should because it’s part of our history.”

The director emphasizes how fresh and recent these events are to the public and how many of the Troubles’ motivations and agents are still alive.

“They almost live on the same street. You can live next to someone whose kneecap is blown off by the guy on the other side of your house,” he said.

“I have spoken to people whose connections were killed by the IRA, who were criminals in Northern Ireland and then they were brought down to Dublin.


Director and screenwriter Luke Hanlon on set during the filming of The Troubles, A Dublin Story

“Everybody knows someone. It was just part of life back then. “

What started off as just a short 3-minute trailer, then quickly evolved into an ambitious 93-minute movie with hundreds of extras and even two armored tanks, all all financed by Hanlon’s own savings of 10,000 euros.

Official state-backed funding sources have denied him – a fact Hanlon says indicates they are not interested in the story.

“No one would listen to us. No one spoke to us even when we were done. They won’t even come into the room with us,” he said.

“They don’t care about stories like this. I don’t know why, but they really aren’t. “

Hanlon explained that they eventually met, but only after the film caught the eye at the Galway Film Fleadh premiere and was officially selected for the prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival in the US. The film also screened at the IndieCork Film Festival this week.

It stars relatively unknown actors Ray Malone, Adam Redmond, Wayne Byrne, William Delaney, Sarah Hayden and Sophia Adli, with Hanlon describing them all as “deeply trained, highly talented and motivated”.

Cinematography was done by Colm Mullen, while Oleg Rudowski and Jay Javeiri edited.


On set during the filming of The Troubles, a Dublin Story

Taken across Ireland, the project has no shortage of challenges and costs including a €6,000 proposed fee to use archival footage of Bobby Sands, the IRA member who died on a hunger strike.

“Instead, we shot an entire scene that essentially copied Belfast in 1981,” he said.

“We closed the entire street in Dundalk, we have two armored tanks, we have all the cars, all the weapons, all the soldiers and 100 other people. We shot that scene for 950€ and it’s one of the top scenes in the movie, it’s the second opening scene in the movie. “

Another example of the film’s savings comes in the form of costumes for all the bystanders and neighbors who volunteered in the scene.

“One trick with costumes is that we would go into a giant Penneys store and buy 1,000 euros worth of costumes. Then we get a tagged gun on Amazon for about €10, and when it’s done, we re-tag all the clothes and bring them back in,” said Hanlon.

“We’re getting all our money back, so we’ve saved money on costumes. That’s a good trick. “.

“We haggle, bargain, engage people and anyone to help us with props, cars, locations and 99pc everyone is happy to be involved with. The people of Ireland are amazing like that.”

Ultimately, Hanlon credits the knowledge gained during his time as a supplement to the film that helped him complete the film with limited budget and few resources.

“I think everyone can write. Everyone has a story to tell, and this is just my view of the world. This is not a right or wrong view. That’s just my perspective,” he said.

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