We have the brand new Sundance poster for the revenge thriller BAD DAY FOR THE CUT from Northern Ireland which debuts in the Midnight section on Jan. 22nd in Park City, UT.
Donal is a farmer who still lives at home in a little Irish village with his mother Florence. He works the fields during the day and drinks in the local pub at night. He seems content with a simple, quiet life. The only sense we get of his wish for something more is an old campervan, which he has lovingly restored. When Florence is killed in an apparent home invasion Donal sets off for Belfast in the little red van, looking for revenge. What he finds is a world of violence and brutality that he can’t understand and a secret about his mother that will shake him to his core.
When Brendan and I sat down to write Bad Day for the Cut we wanted to tell a story that would be authentic to where we grew up but also have the momentum of the best genre thrillers.
We came up with something we feel is a fresh take on the revenge thriller but also a deeply personal character study of what can happen to a man when blind loyalty overtakes everything else.
As it was my first feature, I wanted to be ambitious with this film. Even though it’s a low – budget indie movie we decided to aim for a big cast, a lot of locations, stunts, SFX and a million other things they tell you not to do in a film like this. It was hugely important to me that Donal’s journey have scope and we were able to achieve that through meticulous planning and working with the best crew that Northern Ireland has to offer.
We also knew we wanted to write something for Nigel O’Neill – an amazingly talented actor we have worked with before – so the character of Donal was born out of that desire. I felt that a middle – aged Irish bachelor farmer who still lives at home with his mother would be a unique protagonist for a thriller.
However, it was very important to me that it didn’t seem like we were looking down on Donal or the way he lived his life. There was a quiet satisfaction to this character that I hoped would connect with the audience and I knew Nigel was the perfect man to play that. I have a deep affection for Donal and I want the audience to feel the same way. He is the heart of the movie and once we had Nigel on board it was a simple process of surrounding him with the best ensemble of actors we could find.
Ultimately with Bad Day for the Cut I want to give the audience an authentic glimpse into a side of Northern Ireland not often seen on screen while at the same time taking them on intense, funny and visceral ride in the way only a thriller can do. To me, the very best genre filmmaking always echoes something from the real world and Bad Day for the Cut’s themes of loyalty, legacy and the past have never been more pertinent in the context of Northern Ireland, but its story of family and revenge is