Cavan actor writes and stars in "Anton"

Story by Tom Kelly

Wednesday, 8th October, 2008 12:05pm

A YOUNG Cavan actor is hitting the big screens this week in the Irish thriller "Anton". Anthony Fox originally from Quilca, Co. Cavan will play the lead role of Anton alongside one of Ireland"s finest actors Gerard McSorley who starred in well-known Irish films such as Michael Collins, In The Name of the Father, The Boxer and Veronica Guerin.

The Cavan actor has played a key role at all levels as Anthony wrote the film, will play the lead role and co-produced the movie. Anthony left Ireland in 1992 and went to London where he studied at the Lee Strasberg Studio. From there, he went on to New York where he worked with The Irish Repertory Theatre, most notably as The Young Oscar Wilde alongside Christopher Reeve in 'A Wilde Night on Broadway' and in 'Juno and the Paycock' alongside the great Irish actress Pauline Flanagan. His film and TV credits include The General (John Boorman) and The Bill (ITV).

The majority of the movie filmed in the county of Cavan, sees many Cavan people used as extras throughout.

Filming started two years ago on location in Cavan and will see many Cavan landmarks such as St. Phelims, the Park Hotel, and the house where Jonathan Swift wrote Gulliver"s Travels being the family home. In a interview, Gerard McSorley said how he was overwhelmed by the kindness and 'extraordinary' hospitality of the people of Cavan while filming and how Cavan was a beautiful place to film in. The cast also includes Ronan Wilmot and Laura Way who plays Maria"s character in the movie. Directed by Graham Cantwell, the movie has been described by The Sunday Times as 'an impressive debut with stirring performances'.

Anton is a gripping thriller inspired by the true events of the 1970s. After time spent at sea, Anton O"Neill played by fox, returns to find that 1970"s Ireland is a radically different place to the one he left behind. Northern Ireland is in flames and civil unrest has spilled south of the border to his beloved home in Co. Cavan. Blinded by hatred and misguided patriotism, Anton is led into an illicit world of violence and is forced to choose between his family and his country.

The viewers will see shocking battles and an explosive showdown in which Anton must risk everything to protect the woman he loves.

After garnering high acclaim in Cannes and the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this year, audiences will now get the chance to see this impressive thriller when it debuts cinema screens nationally this Friday.

Although Cavan people will get to see this slick and pacy thriller before the rest of the country as it will be open at Storm Cinemas Cavan tomorrow (Thursday) October 9.

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