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Small movies lose out to summer blockbusters, says Thrones star Liam

June 10, 2013



GAME Of Thones star Liam Cunningham has claimed that independent film-makers are finding it even harder to survive.

As the hit fantasy epic filmed in Northern Ireland gears up for its third series finale tonight, the Dublin-born actor said that although it was becoming cheaper to make indie films, actors, directors and screenwriters had to adapt to survive. "It''s cheaper to make indies now, but the problem is getting the last bit of funding or actually just getting the project seen," said the star, who appeared in Belfast record producer Terry Hooley's biopic Good Vibrations.

But the 52-year-old has not lost his love for independent films.

He will next appear in two small-budget movies, in one of which he will play a CIA agent.

Cunningham, who plays Davos Seaworth in Game Of Thrones, said that when it comes to ideal jobs, his preference is work that sees him as part of an ensemble cast -- something that HBO's Thrones series has capitalised on.

"It''s the most difficult thing, but if you pull it off, it''s a wonderful thing for an audience to watch," he said.

Fans of Game Of Thrones were left in shock after last week's episode when three characters were slain at a wedding. Tonight's series finale is much-anticipated.

Cunningham was speaking at the John Ford Ireland film symposium in Dublin yesterday.

He was joined by Belfast actors Stephen Rea and Martin McCann for a discussion panel on their craft, as well as on the work of legendary director Ford.

Also in attendance were special guests Patrick and Marisa Wayne, children of silver-screen icon John Wayne who collaborated with Ford on several films including The Quiet Man.

Originally published by BY LAURA BUTLER.

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