Introducing ‘InConversation’



Cate MacGabhann introduces InConversation – a series of personal interviews with people working across the many aspects of the Irish filmmaking industry.

Last November, Danny Boyle gave a public interview as part of the Foyle Film Festival. It was a brilliant evening; Boyle was an expansive, lively and generous conversationalist. Speaking freely about his film and general life experience, he offered an invigorating sense of the man behind the work. Unfortunately, his interview wasn’t recorded and every so often since that night I’m forced to rummage through my mind for some throwaway nugget of wisdom he shared.

Boyle’s interview brought to mind the very many such conversations which occur, formally and informally, between people working across the many aspects of the filmmaking industry; skilled creators and practitioners whose experience and insight is as valuable as the films they make. There seemed to be a clear need to record those people, to collect those voices. ‘RISE Podcasts’ created by Aonghus Óg McAnally already existed as a fantastic resource for the theatre community. We wanted to compile something similar for the film community and therein lay the genesis for ‘InConversation‘; to create an audio database of interviews with filmmakers of all disciplines – encompassing those working in front of and behind the camera – that would be a lasting archive for the pleasure, learning and interest of film-lovers. Wanting to retain the free-flowing spontaneity of real conversation, we decided these podcasts should be unedited.

‘InConversation’ are Cate MacGabhann, David Gavigan and Caiman Agnew,who together share a love of film . David is an Arts Enthusiast with a degree in Film Studies, Caimin is a sound engineer and Cate works as an actress. ‘InConversation’ is a joint initiative between ourselves FilmBase and FilmIreland and has been made possible by the collected good sense and goodwill of Conor Murphy and Steven Galvin. Special thanks goes to Lochlann McKenna for his time, help and support, to Aonghus Óg, Graham Cantwell and Ali Doyle for their advice and to Patrick and all at the IFI for the use of the cinema screens. Most of all, we are indebted to our interviewees who have so generously given of their time, thoughts and experiences.

As an idea ‘InConversation’ is simple and we hope its simplicity encourages you to do the same; have a conversation and record it. Because even the most unremarked upon life is remarkable. We’re not making history but we hope we’re helping to record it, ever-present as it is in the detail and perspectives of the lives unfolding around us. We intend ranging beyond the film world to other areas of human inventiveness and endeavour – music, art, sport, politics – thereby creating a rich and varied database of conversations with all manner of people.

We’re hugely enjoying the making of these podcasts. We really hope you, similarly, enjoy listening to them.


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Episodes to date:

Lenny Abrahamson  (director)

Joseph Conlan (composer)

Pauline Cotter & Helen Wells  (Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival)

Tony Cranstoun (editor)

Paul Duane (writer, director and producer)

Nick Dunning (actor)

Mark Gaster & Brian O’Neill (directors)

Tom Hall (writer and director)

Grainne Humphries (Festival Director of the Audi International Film Festival)

Louise Kiely (casting director)

Michael Lavelle (writer, director and cinematographer)

Sunniva O’Flynn ( Head of Irish Film Programming at the IFI)

Aonghus Og McAnally (actor and Artistic Director of Rise Productions)

Shimmy Marcus (editor, producer and director)

Terry McMahon (writer and director)

Noel Quinn  (Sound recordist) 

Emer Reynolds (writer, director and editor)

Nick Ryan (producer, writer and director)

Ross Whitaker (writer, producer and documentary filmmaker)


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