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In the vein of 'Man Bites Dog', S.P.L.I.T. a pitch black comedy, sees a film crew follow two Dublin Hitmen throughout two days, as they go through a list of targets and a day to day routine, that involves dealing with each others flaws as they endeavor to discuss modern social issues in both a hilarious and controversial fashion. This is The Office meets Leon, 2 Hitmen, 2 Days, 1 Camera Crew.

  • Robbie Walsh
  • Robbie Walsh
  • Nicci St George Smith
  • Robbie Walsh
    Key Cast
  • David Alexander Roach
    Key Cast
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    Drama, Comedy, crime, mocumentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
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Director Biography - Robbie Walsh


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Director Statement

To be as short as I can S.P.L.I.T. came about when I was at a complete loose end with acting and filmmaking in general. I’d no challenging auditions other than parts like 2nd guy on left and the odd commercial.

My 1st directorial feature film, Eden, had gone nowhere except some smaller festivals. I was almost flat broke and felt a little lost and disillusioned with the industry. I was frustrated and wanted to do something gritty, tough, different, something that got in peoples faces. A two-fingered salute to the extreme PC culture I felt was creeping into film and acting and trying to kill the artist’s reliance on instinct.

I had very little time to shoot and remembering the trouble with boom shots, dropped takes and improvised scenes in my previous films (and binge-watching The Office and Man Bites Dog during a bottle of JD), S.P.L.I.T. hit me. The idea of 2 Dublin inner city, no nonsense hitmen on camera discussing modern social issues whilst killing people for money just kept growing. I began to write.

I reached out and asked for favours from the best people I knew: Actors, Non-Actors, Crew, Martial Artists, MMA fighters, Musicians, Models. Many came on board, some didn’t, some wanted to help but were away or unavailable, some just not interested.

In the end I got Damien Dempsey and David Alexander, who runs SBG Tallaght. He then brought in MMA legends Cathal Pendred, Chris Fields and John Redmond on fight duties. Then Slaine Kelly, Jenny Dixon along with Dessie Byrne, Paddy Murphy, Johnny Elliott and Claire Mallone were willing to help out with appearances and then scene-stealing cameos from Philip McRory and Rob Quigley. Family and friends appeared as extras. Even my brothers paid for sandwiches when we filmed in my parent’s house – they now have an executive producer credit!

We got what money we could – close to nothing by film budgets, and what equipment we could get together and with Donnecha Coffey on camera and Kolm Mooney on sound we shot as much as we could in the time we had – 3 days – and after an extensive edit, thanks to TJ, and some music donated by Keywest, the film was ready to go.

There are a million stories from set that I could delve into… but maybe for another day! Now here we are, a few years later and, after a short festival run, a few awards, relentless encouragement and inspiration from friend’s and family, and advice to get up of my stool and not quit and nothing left in my pocket, I’ve dragged S.P.L.I.T. kicking and screaming into a limited national cinema release on October 12th.

Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand.