Creator of Love/Hate, Stuart Carolan has defended the violent scenes in the drama and doesn't understand the uproar surrounding attacks on animals on the show.
The writer who is yet to decide on a sixth series, rubbished the furore surrounding the killing of a cat at the beginning of series 4, insisting that there were cold blooded murders in previous episodes, that went unnoticed in the aftermath of the show and that moments like these were included for a legitimate reason.
“Violent scenes are taken very seriously, but with the cat thing I don’t understand what all the fuss was about. Truthfully, last year, that cat thing did my head in,” said Carolan.
“Darren had died so we had to start in a dark place and we had to show these two young characters that nobody knew anything about, and it was just to show that one of them is completely unhinged, killing an animal.
“Each time we talk about something there’s a reason for it, these things don’t happen in isolation, we have a big team deciding,” the award winning writer explained.
Speaking at the DIT Film Festival, Carolan couldn’t comprehend how the outrage was over a cat and not the number of Love/Hate characters who’s murders were brushed aside ruthlessly by the hit drama’s gangsters.
“One character, Micah, who Fran shoots dead, ends up in a dump and you can see his tattoo and that was that and another character, Luke, in the same sequence, beats a swan to death and all the uproar was about the swan getting beat to death,” said Carolan.
Carolan also explains that the use of John Connors, who plays Patrick the pipe-bomb maker, as a traveller was irrelevant and that they only decided to bring that into play when John’s role enhanced. However, he insisted that travellers playing the part of travellers in the show was a no-brainer.
“We wouldn’t have done it in any other way. I suppose people perceived him as a traveller, but he didn’t have to be a traveller in it, but the role he plays is a settled traveller, so he goes to England and goes back to the campsite and once we’re there we want to make it as authentic as we can,” Carolan explained.
“We used his site and he was involved in the process of getting travellers as extras and letting us use the site, so John Connors played a major role in that whole process,” he said.
One of the most dramatic scenes in series five, was Nidge being attacked by travellers in the first episode, which was filmed in front of hundreds, with director David Caffrey explaining the difficulty in keeping things quiet.
“The scene where Nidge is leaving Janet’s house and is being chased by the travellers, we actually had hundreds of people watching that and it was in the press the next day, so those things we have to just take on the chin, but the most important thing was that we kept the final scene secret,” said Caffrey.