Aidan Gillen stars – as not-quite-himself – in a playful comedy about an actor struggling to keep things real after his divorce.
Dir Jamie Thraves
Prod Aidan Gillen, Stuart Douglas Harris, Jamie Thraves, Phil Bowman
Scr Jamie Thraves, Aidan Gillen
With Aidan Gillen, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Camille O’Sullivan
Prod Co Pick Up Films
Aidan Gillen stars in a playful comedy about an actor struggling to keep things real after his divorce. In Pickups, the well-known Irish actor Aidan Gillen plays a well-known Irish actor called Aidan. He’s not playing himself – or at least we hope not, given the murderous lengths to which the onscreen Aidan takes his method acting when playing a serial killer – but this spry, fleet-footed and very funny new film from director Jamie Thraves rings true throughout. Revolving around the fictional Aidan’s post-divorce life as he prepares for a new film role and tries to reconnect with his teenaged son, this is at once a free-wheeling comedy of ideas about the uneasy, constantly moving line between real life and make-believe that all actors must tread, and a poignant, delicate, unblinkingly observed study of a mid-life crisis.
These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:
- Jamie Thraves, Director; Aidan Gillen, Cast
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