Issue 130 – Film Ireland – September/October 2009 – (The Galway Issue)

Cover Issue 130

Reviewing Antichrist
Rod Stoneman on how, with the sensation caused by Lars von Trier’s latest effort, some critics have shifted the emphasis onto the reviewer and off the reviewed. Read more here

Festival Tactics
When’s the right time to plan your festival strategy? Before you’ve even begun your film. Palm Springs Shortfest film curator and festival strategist Kathleen McInnis shares the secret to festival success. Read more here

Draft and Polish
Christopher Hampton, Academy Award®-winning screenwriter, playwright and director gave a screenwriting masterclass at the Galway Film Fleadh this year. At the event, which was sponsored by Northern Irish Screen, Martin Daniel, Professor of Screenwriting at the University of Southern California and international script expert, talked to Hampton about his approach to writing screenplays. Read more here

Think Tank
Irish DOP Robbie Ryan talks to Niamh Creely about Andrea Arnold’s second feature ‘Fish Tank’, which screened at Cannes and as the finale of the Galway Film Fleadh. Read more here

When Christian Met Charlotte
The screenwriter (Christian O’Reilly) & the sales agent (Charlotte Mickie). One dreams it up, the other tries to sell it – but they never usually meet; here’s what happens when they do. Screenwriter and script consultant Mary Kate O Flanagan reports. Read more here

360º Experience
Niamh Creely talks to Miriam Allen, the managing director of the Galway Film Fleadh, about how the festival does so much more than screen films. Read more here

Living at the Edge, Working at the Centre
Galway Film Centre manager Declan Gibbons talks to a cross-section of people about working in the film and television sector in the West of Ireland. Read more here

Galway Film Society Presents…
To celebrate the continued success of the Galway Film Society, Ireland’s longest running and largest film club, David O Mahony from access>CINEMA traces its history from humble beginnings to its current position as a champion of non-mainstream cinema in the West of Ireland. Read more here

DV Devotee
Veteran filmmaker Jon Jost on his love for digital video and why he’ll never go back to film. Read more here

The Audience of Wolves
Guest editor Felim Mac Dermott on truly earning that applause. Read more here

Life on the Margins
Ross Whitaker talks to Conor McDermottroe about his debut feature Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne. Read more here

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Issue 129 – Film Ireland – July/August 2009 (The Animation Issue)

The Animation Issue! Guest edited by Cathal Gaffney of Brown Bag Films

Put your 3D glasses on to look at the cover!

Film Ireland 129 Cover

Plan 3D from Outer Space
Don’t call it a gimmick. A new wave of animated features is using stereoscopic 3D to create sophisticated, fully immersive storytelling environments. Niall Kitson gives an in-depth report. Read more here

Toy Stories
Lee Griffin of equipment vendor Eurotek, gives Niall Kitson a practical industry viewpoint on the future of 3D. Read more here

Up, Up and Away
Film Ireland talks to Pete Docter, director and co-screenwriter of Disney•Pixar’s first 3D animation UP. Read more here

Animation Reality Check
Steve Woods finds out that new technology oiled by good ideas keep the wheels of the animation industry turning over. Read more here

Wide-Eyed Wonder
Aidan Hickey on how to write engaging animation for children. Read more here

We’ll Be Right Back After This Commercial Break
Traditional Irish advertising agencies and marketing departments have some facing up to the future to do. But the time is now, contends Nick McGivney. Read more here

State of the Animation Nation
Jamie Hannigan talks to producer and founder of Magma Films Ralph Christians. Read more here

Child’s Play
It may not be easy, but merchandising and licensing can make children’s entertainment big business. Alan Gregg tells us how. Read more here

Frameworks Works
Jennie McGinn on the continued success of the Irish Film Board’s animated shorts scheme. Read more here

Rigging It
Ever wondered what a ‘creature technical director’ gets up to on a daily basis? Greg Maguire of Industrial Light & Magic (the visual effects company founded by George Lucas) gives us a day in the life. Read more here

A Foot in the Door
Scott Townsend takes a look at how the right college course can offer a career path into the animation industry. Read more here

A Useful Website Guide for Animation
Richard Keane gives us the tour. Read the full article here

From Concept to Completion
Film Ireland asked the talented character designers and storyboard artists of The Station ( to outline the animation process from ‘concept to completion’. Read more here

TV, or not TV
Why TV ain’t what it used to be, by Neil Leyden. Read more here

Short Is Sweet, Feature Is Sweeter
Ross Whitaker talks to Ken Wardrop about his new documentary feature His and Hers. Read the full article here

A day in the working life of Dominic Lawrence, Sound Engineer.
It’s not all about the picture you know… Read the full article here


Issue 128 – Film Ireland – May/June 2009 (The Bargain Issue)

The Bargain Issue! Guest edited by Ken Wardrop and Andrew Freedman

Cover Issue 128

Yes, Minister
The Minister for Arts, sport and Tourism, Martin Cullen, sheds light on what the most recent budget means for the Irish Film industry. Sheena Sweeney interviews. Read more here

Shoots & Roots
Gavin Burke reports on the Catalyst Project, a scheme set up to nurture budding filmmakers. Read more here

How Do They Do It?
Liz Gill looks at the highly successful Danish film industry and wonders: could we learn a thing or two? Read more here

8 Is the Magic Number
8 features, 8 directors, 8 rules. Gavin Burke investigates the octically-obsessed Advance Party II. Read more here

Mind Games
If you want your movie seen, it’s not enough to target a specific audience: you have to play marketing mind games with them too, writes Niall Kitson. Read more here

Take a Chance
Always wanted to work in the film industry but were afraid to try? Tara Brady talks to a few brave souls who followed their hearts and filled their pockets. Kind of. Read more here

Friend or Foe
Adam Lacey asks whether Irish critics are doing Irish film any favours. Read more here

Extra, Extra, Read All About It
Adam Lacey explores the extraordinary world of the extra. Read more here

Waging Bull
Jamie Hannigan talks to SIPTU/Equity representative Des Courtney and Sean Stokes from Screen Producers Ireland. Read more here

Pets on Sets
Michael Freeman on the last great untapped income source. Read more here

You Won’t Be Able To Look Away
Ross Whitaker talks to Brendan Muldowney and Conor Barry about their low-budget feature Savage. Read more here


Issue 125 – November/December 2008 – (The Documentary Issue)

Film Ireland Issue 125

Nick Fraser on the current state of documentary filmmaking • Mint Productions on the Bertie documentary series • Pitching training event at the STF doc festival • Interview with documentary filmmaker Liz Mermin • Roundtable: The future of creative documentary • Pat Collins interview • Steve McQueen on Hunger • Gideon Koppel interview on Sleep Furiously • Loopline Film’s doc courses • A doctor for docs • Nino Troppiano on Chippers

Film Reviews: Kisses and Hunger
Books: Better Location Shooting Techniques for Video Production by Paul Martingell


Issue 124 – September/October 2008 – Guest edited by Michael Dwyer

Film Ireland 124Alan Parker’s handy tips on a career in film • Damien O’Donnell and short film form • John Boyne and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas • Michael Dwyer interviews Robert Redford • Donald Clarke interviews the organisers of Ireland’s three majors film festivals • Alan Moloney: The producer • The craft of film editing • Why are there so few female film critics? • George Morrison retrospective • John Carney editing his latest feature: Zonad

Film Reviews: 32A and Summer of the Flying Saucer • Books: Alternative Worlds in Hollywood Cinema by James Walters


Issue 123 – Film Ireland – July/August 2008 – Guest edited by Kevin Moriarty

Film Ireland Issue 124

The art and the origin of the studio • 50 years of Ardmore Studios • TV vs Big Screen • How can Irish film find an audience: Creativity • Robert Walpole on finding and distributing a quality film • AGM of the Federation of European Film Directors • Martin Duffy and the cameraman’s three-legged best friend • Ruppert Wyatt on The Escapist • Cannes Film Festival 2008 • Of Best Intentions: it couldn’t have been done without a studio

Film Reviews: Eden • Books: Lights, Camera, Dynamite: The Adventures of a Special Effects Director


Issue 122 – Film Ireland – May/June 2008 – Guest edited by Declan Recks

Film Ireland Issue 122Shimmy Marcus on self-distribution • Filmmakers and digital distribution • Ed Guiney and Audrey Sheils: Element Pictures’ distribution arm • Interview with Maretta Dillon and Neil Connolly about the new Light House • Thinking in 3D: Interview with Catherine Owens, co-director of U23D, and Tom Krueger, co-DOP of U23D • Declan Recks talks to Roddy Doyle, Pat McCabe and Eugene O’Brien about the art of adaptation • Making comic books into moving pictures • Vintage Irish movie posters • Supervisor sound editor Patrick Drummond remembers the digital revolution • Using the Genesis in Of Best Intentions

Film Reviews: Garage (DVD) • Books: Dark Carnival: The Cinema of Neil Jordan by Carole Zucker


Issue 121 – Film Ireland – Mar/Apr 2008 – Guest edited by Martina Niland

Film Ireland Issue 121Irish cinema relationship with Hollywood • Interview with Tony Safford • Lost in Translation: the doubled-edged sword of Hiberno-English • The Irish film industry: roundtable with John Carney, David Collins, Martina Niland, Mark O’Halloran and Kirsten Sheridan • Irish cinema’s evolution of the genre film • Eugene O’Brien remembers the Westerns • How the economics has shaped the perception of national and international cinema • Interview with Simon Perry, CEO of the BSÉ/IFB, as the Board reaches its 15th year • An Irish director working in Hollywood: Kirsten Sheridan

Film Reviews: In Bruges • Books: Film, Media and Popular Culture in Ireland by Martin McLoone