Archive for the the broken Category

Watch Damian for free in “The Broken”

Posted in movies, the broken with tags , , on 21 March, 2012 by ambarussa

Missed “The Broken”? Here’s your chance to catch up:


Available as long as it lasts, so don’t wait too long.

Thanks to Binkie for the tip.


This and That

Posted in hatfields & mccoys, movies, the broken, tv with tags , , , , , on 29 January, 2012 by ambarussa

Catching up with a few loose ends here.

The Hatfields & McCoys

History Channel has not yet confirmed a date for this mini series. The documentary on the real Hatfields and McCoys which will come with the series has not been finished yet; the grape vine says that we can expect to see the two families feuding in the first half of 2012.

I’ve set up a page for Hatfields and McCoys on the website; not much content there yet, though.

Ultimate Force – “Killing of a one-eyed Bookie”

One of Damian’s earliest TV appearances is now available on HULU. It’s only available to people in the USA.

The Broken

Sky Movies Sci-fi & Horror HD is currently showing The Broken almost daily.


Damian O’Hare in “Grazia” magazine (sort of…) – and a freebie.

Posted in movies, potc, the broken with tags , , , , , , on 16 January, 2011 by ambarussa

I don’t know what year this was published and in which issue; the contributor sending me the scan didn’t know, either. From the text I’d say it was in 2006, but I could be wrong. It’s a multi-page interview with Jack Davenport (the quote in the title is by him), but as you can see, Damian’s in there as well.

In completely unrelated news:

I have one DVD of the horror/thriller movie “The Broken” to give away (for free, of course; no postage). If you’re interested, please drop me a line on

webgnome at

Please mention “Freebie” in the subject line.

First mailed, first served.

Aaaaand gone! The DVD goes to the UK, which has beaten Japan by only a few minutes. Japan will receive some consolation-chocolate, though. 🙂

“The Brøken”: DVD out in the UK, gallery online

Posted in movies, the broken, website with tags , , , on 6 June, 2009 by ambarussa

“The Brøken” is now available on DVD in the UK as well. Click here if you’d like to buy this movie on Amazon UK.

If you start watching, doze off five minutes into the movie, wake up in the middle for a moment, fall asleep again and then wake up for the last five minutes, you won’t miss much of the action and none of Damian’s scenes. I found “The Brøken” to be as entertaining, surprising and terrifying as London on a rainy morning in October. Which is pretty much the feeling of the movie right from the start. Personally, I’d rate it with 2 1/2 stars, but this is coming from somebody who thinks “Godzilla vs. Biollante” is great cinema and owns the “Eight Legged Freaks” DVD, so…

The screencaps of the movie are up on the website now:

“The Brøken” Gallery


Damian O'Hare as Anthony in The Brøken

Gallery updates and news from Allan the Herorat

Posted in fractured, herorat, revengers tragedy, salt meets wound, taking the flak, the broken, the countess, theatre, website with tags , , , , on 26 May, 2009 by ambarussa

I’m currently adding and switching the galleries, and while I’ve tripple-checked everything, it’s still possible that you might stumble over dead links. I hope everything will be fixed by next week. I noticed that links in the navigation bar are missing on some pages; I’ll correct those as soon as I’ll find the time.

The biggest addition is the new



where you can find pictures from some of the stage productions Damian O’Hare’s been in. Check out the one for “The Countess” – the scanner’s fixed and there are proper scans from the programme now.

Then there are new galleries for Taking the Flak, The Broken and promotional headshots, plus additional pictures in the Fractured gallery. Och, just have a look at it yerselves:


And now for something completely different…

Allan, the Herorat “adopted” by this website, sends his greetings from rainy Tanzania (they’re approaching winter now).  His training in REST (Remote Explosive Scent Tracing) is coming along very well. They continue to research the optimal and least optimal soil conditions, moisture content,  and various concentrations of TNT to see the perimeters if he and his colleagues can detect TNT. Looks like he finds it interesting to have different concentrations of TNT and different types of soil to work with every day!

Through the work with these samples, Allan and his colleagues provide important data to find the best working conditions for rat detection technology, and it will help to figure out in which weather conditions, locations and scenarios they are most effective.

Allan’s trainers John and Abdullah keep telling him that he’s becoming stronger and stronger at clearly indicating samples of dirt that contain TNT. Go, rat, go!


One of the trainers with Allan

If you’d like to support Herorats as well, or maybe even adopt one of the four-pawed heroes, please go here.

Usual disclaimer: “Hero Rats” is the charity of choice of the webgnome running the website, not of Damian O’Hare.

Reactions to “The Royal” news / Reviews for “The Brøken”

Posted in movies, the broken, the royal, tv with tags , , , , , on 31 January, 2009 by ambarussa

The news of the maybe-possibly-then-again-maybe-not-axing of “Heartbeat” and “The Royal” (still denied by ITV) didn’t go unnoticed. While ranging from “about time!” to “why do you have to cancel the last bit of lighthearted entertainment?”, comments all over the media were overwhelmingly negative, and ITV had to take a lot of flak for its rumoured future investment in reality TV rather than drama. One doesn’t have to like shows like Heartbeat, The Royal or The Bill to fear the TV monoculture this might announce. All quality aspects aside – for those working behind and in front of the camera, this could mean that their jobs are at risk. It could also mean loss of income for local businesses. And more reality shows will come at the cost of even fewer available jobs for actors.

Here are some links to comments; while the focus is on “Heartbeat” and “The Bill”, “The Royal” is mentioned as well, and the problems are the same for all shows.

Paul Mount’s World of Stuff: “ITV: Making a crisis out of its dramas…”
“(…) So let’s not rejoice at the passing of ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘The Royal’ because their going means more than just the killing-off of two rather twee dramas series – they’re emblematic of a greater, more insidious malaise which sits at the core of British broadcasting like a cancer. (…)”

Manchester Evening News (Ian Wylie): “The Heartbeat Fades”
“(…) Heartbeat and The Royal have been treated disgracefully in recent times. Ratings have gone down due to irregular scheduling on a Sunday evening. With the dramas being screened in short bursts, before inexplicable breaks in the series runs. It’s almost as if bosses have been plotting how to kill off two of British TV’s best loved shows. With a slow death the chosen option to avoid the full wrath of fans. (…)”

The Guardian (Gareth McLean): “Dark Days at Sun Hill”
“(…) Instead of investing in drama – nurturing writers, training and employing crew – ITV has lined the pockets of footballers. I’m not suggesting television should be run as a job creation scheme for producers, dolly grips and actors, but should a broadcaster such as ITV be feathering the nest of the likes of UEFA and the FA? (…)”

The Independent: Moors village in shock at loss of “Heartbeat”
“(…) Now a new fear is stalking this small community of honey-coloured cottages set high in the glorious heather landscape. A fear that the failure of Heartbeat to return to our screens could signal the death of the lucrative tourist trade that has grown up around the programme. (…)”

And now for something completely different… “The Brøken” is now in cinemas, and here are two (positive) reviews.

Review Radio Times

Review Shadows on the Wall

The Brøken: release dates for the UK and the USA, DVD pre-orders

Posted in the broken, tv with tags , , , , on 15 January, 2009 by ambarussa

Horror/psycho thriller “The Brøken” was/will be released

in the USA on 6 January, 2009

in the UK on 30 January, 2009

Please check your local theatres for details.

(Damian O’Hare and Lena Headey in “The Brøken”)

You can watch the trailer on the


(Japanese subtitles, video autostarts)


“The Brøken” is up for pre-order now on Amazon US;  31 March is given as release date. Click the picture below for more information:


And last but not least:


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