Last week we were delighted to announce the short film, Hole, that I wrote and directed, will be making its World Premiere at the Manchester International Film Festival in March. The film stars James Cosmo (Braveheart, Trainspotting,Game of Thrones), Daniela Nardini (Sunshine on Leith, Bob Sargent), Stephen McCole (The Wee Man, Band of Brothers).

In the film James Cosmo plays a retired police detective who learns that the man who killed his wife is to be released from prison, so he hatches a plan to try and find her missing body and take vengeance on her killer.

My previous short film, One Night In Sutherland Hill, was a plot light horror film, so with Hole I decided to go in the other direction. I wanted to create a character focused crime thriller that told a compelling story within the confines of a short film. I wanted to make a film that drew on the Noir and Western genres, taking inspiration from the films I love the most and my ludicrously talented director of photography, Alan McLaughlin, helped me to get the look I was going for.

I knew from the start that the film would not work without a strong cast so I wrote it with James Cosmo in mind. Thankfully, as I don’t know who else could have played Cooper, he agreed to star in the film, which I was over the moon about. Having James on board meant that we could also attract actors of the calibre of Daniela Nardini and Stephen McCole in the other parts, which gave me the strong cast I’d hoped for. Their performances certainly didn’t disappoint.

I’m really proud of the film that we’ve made, with an absolutely fantastic crew, and can’t wait to send it out into the world at ManIFF and to see what audiences make of it.

Guest post by Mike Callaghan, Writer and Director of Hole.

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