Stalker, the new psychological thriller from writer-director Mark O'Connor, which stars King of the Travellers' John Connors and Love/Hate actors including Barry Keoghan and Peter Coonan, is to be released in Irish cinemas on Friday February 28.
The winner of the Underground Film Festival 2013 and runner-up at the Galway Film Fleadh 2012, Stalker tells the story of Oliver, a "volatile homeless man" who befriends a troubled youth called Tommy and decides to get even with the boy's drug dealer uncle.
Director O'Connor, whose credits include Between the Canals and King of the Travellers, said: "Stalker was born out of the political and social crisis in the country. I talked to John Connors about a guy I knew and that's where the character of Oliver was born."
O'Connor continued: "Myself and John sat down and wrote Stalker over a three-week period. John slept on the streets in character to prepare for the role and made a speech to 10,000 people at a political rally, which we used in the film."
He added: "There were several taboo subjects we wanted to explore, which rarely get addressed in Irish cinema, such as mental health, clerical abuse, homelessness etc. We hope Stalker gets people talking about these issues but also entertains. It's very exciting to finally get a chance to showcase Stalker to the Irish public in cinemas."