A Very HAPPY New Year for MARK O’BRIEN

Posted: January 19, 2020

We've been huge fans of NL fella Mark O'Brien for a long LONG time!!!

And there's no question he's given us plenty to celebrate over the year's - between his talents as an actor, a director, a writer not to mention his phenomenal sense of humour and graciousness with his time. Indeed, it's fair to say with all the posts about and interviews with Mr.O'Brien here on SEA AND BE SCENE - we've hit "Super Fan" status.

Last year alone saw the release of his tour de force title performance as Terry Sawchuk in NL director, Adriana Maggs' feature GOALIE, his brilliant co-starring role as Jimmy Ryan in Showtime's CITY ON A HILL,

And his turn as the terrified groom in the ever so twisted dark comedy READY OR NOT.

Oh and we can't forget his performance in Noah Baumbach's oh so marvelous MARRIAGE STORY.

In fact MARRIAGE STORY is one of the reason's Mark's 2020 is off to a stellar start - as the Netflix original starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver about "a marriage breaking up and a family staying together" has been nominated for 6 Academy Awards! (It was nominated for 6 Golden Globes too - with Laura Dern taking home the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture).

Also making headlines this week - the US release of GOALIE (theatrical, DVD and digital) is now set for January 31st.  We couldn't be happy about this bit of news as this film's limited theatrical release here in Canada last spring didn't go far enough to ensuring GOALIE got the recognition it truly deserves.  MORE SPOTLIGHT PLEASE!!! Watch it for yourself and see.  We guarantee you won't be disappointed by Mr.O'Brien's gripping portrayal of the hockey legend not to mention the performance of Mrs.O'Brien - Georgina Reilly who plays Terry's wife Pat Sawchuk in the film.

Also worth noting ...and sneaking in under the cloak of film festival fodder in December - HAMMER.

Now if you listened to our podcast chat with Mark O'Brien (link) you may recall Mark saying it was one of the most incredible productions he'd ever been a part of - thanks in great part to the brilliant script from director NL's Christian Sparkes (no surprise there as we totally loved his first feature CAST NO SHADOW).

HAMMER was filmed in Newfoundland and co-stars the wonderful Will Patton.  We're still awaiting release details on this one but we'll be sure to keep you posted.

In what seemed like a bananas busy 2019 Mark also made time to co-star alongside Alicia Vikander  in Justin Chon's forthcoming drama BLUE BAYOU set for release in 2020.

Now if all that weren't enough - the happiest news heading into this New Year - came with the word that Mark O'Brien went to camera on his first feature film in early December.  A horror movie which he wrote and directed entitled THE RIGHTEOUS.  A film in which he also stars along side Henry Czerny, Mimi Kuzyk and NL's Kate Corbett

THE RIGHTEOUS was filmed in Newfoundland and tells the tale of "a burdened man feels the wrath of a vengeful God after he and his wife are visited by a mysterious stranger."  Now listed in post production - we'll keep you posted on release details when they are announced.

So yes - we sure can see it'll be a HAPPY NEW YEAR for ya MARK! Congratulations on EVERYTHING and cheers to all of it still to come.

We'll be sure to tell everyone "we knew you when" sir. sabs

Follow Mark O’Brien on Twitter @markobrienNL and on Instagram @markobrienforeal
GOALIE is available to stream/download on iTunes movies here


While you’re here check out these previously posted videos and features on Mark O’Brien – SEA AND BE SCENE...And HEARD podcast chat, GOALIE Released, Full Trailer for ARRIVAL, THE LAST TYCOON On HALT AND CATCH FIRE, ON-SET Season 6 Interview EXTENDED, A New Direction for DOYLE,  “Do You Know Doyle” Extreme Edition (video), SABStv REPUBLIC OF DOYLE S5 Premiere Party (video), HOME For the HolidaysSEX, THE RULES OF Reuniting & Rediscovering, SABStv Movie Makers Special, ON-SET Season 4 Interview EXTENDED, SABtv REPUBLIC OF DOYLE On-Set Special, “Better People” a Film by Mark O’Brien, Exclusive BEAT DOWN 4 x 4 Q&A Smackdown, Award Winning & Working ON???, Chat & Cheers 2012 (video)INsights IN 10 Redux (video)A LOVE STORY video w/ Georgina Reilly, AFF Spotlight on KATHY, #FFF Friday Favourite Four, Mark O’Brien on “Kathy”, Our 1st Interview Chat & Cheers (video), INsights IN 10 (video), “The Best Christmas Present I Ever Got”

DO YOU KNOW DOYLE Trivia Extreme Edition


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