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Fine Gael TD flying high after his latest film features on Aer Lingus in-flight movie list

The West Limerick TD plays the lead character in the Colour of Forgiveness.

Professional Headshot of Tom Neville
Professional Headshot of Tom Neville
Image: FG Deputy Tom Neville.

FINE GAEL TD Tom Neville, who also treads the boards as a part-time actor, is flying high as he confirmed, today, that his latest film has been sold as an in-flight movie on Aer Lingus flights.

The Irish made short-film, Colour of Forgiveness, sees Neville’s leading role character, Tom, spiral into a world of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, after his fiancé ditches him at the altar.

Polish director Dawid Gral, tells the story of how the lives of the loving couple, Tom and Maria, who is played by Christina McMahon, are forever changed on the fateful morning.

“It examines the fundamentals of a relationship that even with the best of intentions can often be doomed,” Neville offered.

Explaining the film, which has been nominated for two international movie awards, will now available to a wider international audience via the Aer Lingus flights, he said: “I was told by the director that the movie had been sold to Aer Lingus.”

“I’m really delighted for everyone involved in it.”

The West Limerick TD is engaged to marry Irish actress Jenny Dixon, of Fair City fame, and the real-life couple have also acted together in their first feature film Full Circle, produced and directed by Noel Brady.

unnamed (1) Screenshot taken on board an Aer Lingus flight showing Neville acting in the movie Colour of Forgiveness Source: FG Deputy Tom Neville.

unnamed (3) Promo poster for the movie Colour of Forgiveness

Despite the hectic schedule that comes with being a Dáil Deputy, Neville has clearly still found time to indulge his thespian talent.

As well as being a trained actor, he also a master’s degree in music, media and technology from the University of Limerick.

Neville (43) was also previously nominated for an award at the Richard Harris International Film Festival for his portrayal of heroin addict, Mark Renton, made famous by Ewan McGregor in the 1996 cult film Trainspotting.

Despite his experiences on the big screen, Neville said he isn’t letting it go to his head.

He is “very proud” that parts of his new film were shot in a pub in Killfinny, “not far from where I grew up” and previously owned by members of his extended family.

“I apply myself to acting in a completely organic way and I let the creativity flow…And, wherever it goes, it goes; so I’m delighted,” he added.

Neville admitted “acting is something that is part of me” but he said that politics is his “number one” priority.

However, the Deputy said he has spoken at mental health committees about “how important the Arts is for good mental health”.

Being able to marry his hobby with his “passion” for politics, has helped him cope with the normal stresses of life, he said.

I’m grateful for it…acting is something that will always be part of me, its part of who I am. It’s important for me.

For anyone who has difficulty expressing how they feel through words, “art can be a healing therapy”, he added.

“I studied a musical therapy module as part of my masters and the positive effects are unbelievable. Art is about community; it’s fluid and organic, and less rigid than politics; and that is to be welcomed and encouraged.”

Colour of Forgiveness is showing on Aer Lingus flights until the end of January 2019.

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