Podcast: Women in Film and Television Ireland @ Galway Film Fleadh

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‘A Stronger Voice for Women’ Panel Discussion

‘A Stronger Voice for Women’ event in association with the Galway Film Fleadh features a dynamic panel discussion on creating a stronger voice for women in Film and Television when writing, casting and auditioning.

Panelists included international and Irish talent: screenwriter Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You), casting supremo Louise Kiely (Ella Enchanted, Sing Street), screenwriter, playwright and actor Stefanie Preissner, whose six-part comedy-drama series, Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope was recently shot in Dublin and actor Seána Kerslake, who stars in upcoming feature A Date for Mad Mary.

Seána Kerslake

Actor Seána Kerslake who participated in WFT Irelands’ A Stronger Voice For Women at the Galway Film Fleadh, talks to us about her background, process and recent roles.

Seána most recently filmed the lead role of Aisling in the forthcoming RTÉ drama series Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope directed by Cathy Brady and written by Stefanie Preissner. Other projects due for release this year include Darren Thornton’s forthcoming feature film, A Date for Mad Mary in which she plays the lead. Seána trained with the Screen Acting Programme at The Factory in Dublin (now Bow Street Academy), and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music & English from NUI Maynooth.

Louise Kiely

Listen here to our interview with leading casting director Louise Kiely following her contribution to WFT Ireland’s ‘A Stronger Voice For Women’ at the Galway Film Fleadh. She gives great insights into the casting process and advice for aspiring actors.

Louise and her team cast film, television and commercials. Recent credits include Sing Street (Dir: John Carney for Cosmo Films), A Dark Song (Dir: Liam Gavin for Samson Films), A Date for Mad Mary (Dir: Darren Thornton for Element Pictures Distribution), Handsome Devil (Dir: John Butler for Treasure Entertainment) and Redwater (BBC One and Element Pictures Distribution).


A Stronger Voice for Women took place on Saturday, 9th July 2016 as part of the Galway Film Fleadh


Women in Film and Television Ireland

“Women in Film and Television International is a voluntary foundation promoting greater representation of women on screen and behind the camera, with a membership of over thirteen thousand professionals worldwide.

Women in Film and Television Ireland is a branch of Women in Film and Television International. The Irish branch is a voluntary body run by film and TV professionals of international standing. Our committee members represent the creative, business and technical divisions of the Irish audiovisual sector. We are all internationally credited and the recipients of industry-recognized awards. Our intention in creating this organization is to ensure that the film and television industry functions as a meritocratic, sustainable and successful force into the future.”




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