16 January 2006
Breakfast With Gavin
The band's long-time friend and all-round creative hub Gavin Friday stars in the new Neil Jordan film 'Breakfast on Pluto'. Just opened in Europe, here's most of what you need to know.
Set in the 1970's, Breakfast on Pluto follows the exploits of Patrick 'Kitten' Braden (Cillian Murphy), abandoned as a baby in his small Irish hometown and growing up as an outsider in the face of convention and religious instruction. Arriving in seventies London in search of the mother who abandoned him, he meets a mad biker (Liam Cunningham ), a lonesome rock singer (Gavin) and Bertie The Magician (Stephen Rea).
The influential US critic Roger Ebert evidently loved it: 'The enchanting and hopeful "Breakfast on Pluto," adapted by Jordan from a novel by Patrick McCabe, has a hero who is a little mad and a little saintly. Many saints insist on living in their own way regardless of what the world thinks. Some climb trees or pray in caves. Some work among the poor. Some, like Kitten, insist on optimism in the face of absolutely everything. In his case, it could be sainthood, could be denial, could be insanity. Whatever it is, Kitten so stubbornly insists on it that motorcycle gangs, London cops and IRA killers all realize that they can kill him, but they can't change him....'
Watch the Breakfast on Pluto trailer here
Find out about the story, cast and director here
Gavin also co-ordinated the music on the film and on Irish radio last week he discussed it in detail. Listen in here