InConversation Live Podcast: Diversity in the Irish Film Industry


Film Ireland‘s InConversation presents a live podcast recording at Filmbase on Monday, 3rd July 2017 at 6.30 pm. All are welcome. 

This live podcast will explore diversity in the Irish Film Community, with regards representation of various viewpoints and backgrounds. The discussion will focus on how our film industry, can extend working and training opportunities across the social spectrum, thus tackling the obstacles at grass roots level. The speakers include the actor/writer John Connors (Love/Hate, Cardboard Gangsters), actor/writer Amanda Doherty (Poppi + Gonzo), and writer Mary Duffin (All About Eva).

The event will be moderated by actor/writer Sam Lucas Smith (Imperfect Sky) and the audio will be recorded to be broadcast from the Film Ireland website.

InConversation is a series of personal interviews with people working across the many aspects of the Irish filmmaking industry.


John Connors is an actor, screen writer, filmmaker and activist from Coolock, North Dublin. He’s also a part of the travelling community. He studied in the Abbey School of Acting. His first role was in Mark O’Connor’s 2011 film King of the Travellers. His most notable acting role to date was playing Patrick Ward in the award-winning RTÉ crime drama Love/Hate, for which he received a 2014 IFTA nomination. He has worked in over 20 film, television and documentary productions. John can currently be seen in cinemas in Cardboard Gangsters, which he co-wrote with Mark O’Connor.


Amanda Doherty is an actor, artist, and activist from Derry City, Ireland. Reviewed as both “an actor of tremendous depth, subtlety, and animal physicality” and “one of Ireland’s foremost young actors”, Amanda trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London, and Lucid Body House, New York, before studying for an MA in Film at Queen’s University, Belfast. She has worked for stage and screen for several years.

Amanda is currently in development for her solo show ‘Hear Much//Say Little’; a project which she initially started work on while representing Ireland at the Biennial of Emerging Artists, Romania, which has since had a work-in-progress showing in Stockholm and is due to tour in early 2018.

Amanda’s previous solo work includes ‘Inheritance’; premiered in Derry City, ‘Inheritance’ examines and challenges inter-generational PTSD in post-conflict Northern Ireland. The work was a final nominee for the Digital Culture Award at the Digital Awards of Northern Ireland, a nominee for Backstage Magazine’s United Solo Audience Award in the U.S.A. and winner of the Festival Spirit Award at the Stockholm Fringe, 2015-proudly supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Culture Ireland, and the Irish Ambassador of Sweden.

Amanda has also recently completed post-production on her first film, Poppi + Gonzo, a neorealist short which challenges abortion laws in Ireland, highlighting specifically how working class and homeless women are affected by this issue.


Mary Duffin is a dramatist who is passionate about drama & story in all its forms. Her varied work ranges from street to stage to screen. In street theatre, Mary is an experienced director, performer, choreographer & event manager for both private companies and community projects.

On stage, Mary is an actor, writer, director and, most importantly, a Theatre Of The Oppressed & group-work expert. She has vast experience of issue-based theatre for social, community & personal development. Mary has taught in NUIM & designed and delivered a course for City of Galway VEC & NUIG.

For screen, Mary received first class honours in her MA in Scriptwriting from IADT and received the National Film School/ Irish Playwright’s & Screenwriter’s Guild Award for Screenwriting and is currently a board member of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland. She was nominated for the 2015 JDIFF Cine TALENT Award for co-writing the feature film All About Eva.

Mary was also one of the founding members of the Waking The Feminists movement and was part of the research team that produced the Gender Counts report that was launched just recently.

Sam Lucas Smith is a BA Hons graduate of the MMU School of Theatre. He went on to train under the mentorship of leading directors, including Kirsten Sheridan and Lance Daly as part of the Bow Street Screen Acting Programme and he recently graduated from Dublin’s IADT National Film School with an MA in Screenwriting. He has further experience in improvisation and comedy, having trained at the renowned Upright Citizen’s Brigade theatre in LA and the Soho Theatre comedy school in London.

Sam’s previous film and television credits include Vikings and numerous Irish and BBC drama productions. He was awarded Best Supporting Actor at the Sydney International Film Festival for his work as Abel in the Imperative Pictures feature Imperfect Sky and his upcoming work includes the Irish thriller feature film Killers Within and he will be seen as James in the Filmbase feature film Writing Home.


Film Ireland provides both practical and academic coverage of Irish filmmaking.

Filmbase is a not-for-profit resource centre for filmmakers supported by the Arts Council.




The Twin Freaks Festival


The Twin Freaks Festival, a one-day Lynchian inspired event set in the stunning Wicklow countryside (Ballyhook Hill, Grangecon), will take place on 12th August 2017.

A celebration of music, art, film and performance, contributors on the night will include Katie Kim, Paddy Kelleher, Cobra Truth, Brian Conniffe, with more to be announced.


Tickets on Sale now:

Earlybird price €26 (Limited)


No Budget present ‘Lift’ @ Filmbase

No Budget present a special screening of Lift, directed by Conor Armstrong Sanfey and written by Kealan Ryan. The screening will be shown at Filmbase in Dublin and followed up by a discussion with the filmmakers.

There will also be door prizes, and the proceeds from the event will go towards supporting independent filmmaking in Ireland.



John Ford Biographer Joseph McBride to Talk at Huston School of Film & Digital Media

Huston School of Film and Digital Media (NUI Galway)  welcome Joseph McBride, author of the award-winning biography Searching for John Ford (2001) for a public lecture at the school entitled  “John Ford, Irish-American Poet and Comedian”. McBride’s talk will take place on June 15th at 7pm is free and open to all and will make extensive use of clips from Ford’s Irish films including the Galway-shot Rising of the Moon.

“If there is any single thing that explains either of us,” John Ford once said to Eugene OʼNeill, “itʼs that weʼre Irish.” Their worlds intersected in 1940, when Ford directed his film version of OʼNeillʼs tetralogy of one-act sea plays, The Long Voyage Home. John Ford, aka John Feeney (1894-1973), the American-born son of Irish immigrants, was a man of many varied and often conflicting moods, themes, and obsessions. Although Ford usually is identified with the Western genre, in which he made such masterpieces asStagecoach and The Searchers, his vast body of work encompasses a wide range of subject matter. Perhaps closest to his heart were his films about his beloved Ireland.

For McBride, “Ford’s humor is one of his strongest and most characteristic attributes. Being both a “poet” and a “comedian” is essential to Ford’s tragicomic (and very Irish) view of the world and to the anarchic, subversive streak that coexists with his lifelong reverence for tradition.


Dublin Dance Festival screens The Ferryman

Dublin Dance Festival is presenting The Ferryman as part of the festival’s 2017 programme, with a screening at Project Arts Centre Sunday 28th May.

The film, from director Gilles Delmas and choreographer/performer Damien Jalet,  is a cinematic and choreographic exploration of the animistic roots of rituals, dance and sculpture, narrated by performance artist Marina Abramović.

Through the journey of a half-deer, half-hunter character, the film is a metaphoric and visceral six-step ascent of a mountain, considered here a place of birth and death. Filmed in the stunning landscapes of Bali, Japan and Scotland, as well as the Louvre Museum, the ancestral and complex relationship between humanity and nature is portrayed through a series of striking ceremonies, contemporary dance performances and words. Between documentary and fiction, Gilles Delmas’ fascinating film is choreographed by Damien Jalet and hauntingly scored by composer Ryuchi Sakamoto.

Screening Details:

Project Arts Centre, Space Upstairs

4pm Sunday 28th May

€10 full price / €8 conc.

For further information on this screening:

Booking:| Tel: + 353 1 673 0660

Dublin Dance Festival Box Office@ Festival House, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Opening hours for phone lines & Box Office: Mon-Fri: 10.30am-6.30pm | Sat: 11am-6.30pm | Sun 12noon-3pm. Closed 7th& 14th May.


For further information about the Dublin Dance Festival: | Tel: +353 1 679 86 58

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Dustin Hoffman Retrospective @ IFI


Dustin Hoffman’s breakthrough hit, The Graduate, returns to screens on Friday, June 23rd, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of its 1967 release. Mike Nichols’s now-iconic film centres on a young college graduate who is seduced by an older woman, and then falls in love with her daughter. Nine other films will be screened over a two-week period showcasing the best performances from Hoffman’s illustrious career.

John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy kicks off the season on June 10th. Famously the only X-rated film to win the Oscar for Best Picture, Hoffman plays ‘Ratso’ Rizzo, a small-time New York conman who falls in with hustler Joe Buck (Jon Voight). Seven years later, Hoffman re-teamed with Schlesinger for the Marathon Manwhich screens the following Saturday, June 17th.

On June 15th, Hoffman delivers an electrifying performance as comedian Lenny Bruce in Bob Fosse’s Lenny. Bruce, the stand-up comedian whose focus on social satire, was the forerunner of controversial greats such as George Carlin and Bill Hicks; Hoffman received his third Oscar nomination for his performance.

Two titles in the season will be shown on 35mm prints. Papillon, one of cinema’s great prison films, screens on Sunday, June 18th. Co-starring Steve McQueen, the film focusses on two prisoners who form an alliance of convenience before eventually becoming friends. Also showing in 35mm will be Ulu Grosbard’s 1978 film, Straight Time. Based on a novel by Edward Bunker, the film sees Hoffman play Max Dembo, an ex-con trying to make it in the outside world.

Alan J Pakula’s Oscar-winning All the President’s Men returns on Thursday, June 22nd. Journalists Carl Bernstein (Hoffman) and Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) of the Washington Post work together on what initially appears to be a minor story of little import, a break-in at Washington’s Watergate Hotel in 1972. Their investigation led to the eventual downfall of the Nixon administration.

In Tootsie, directed by Sydney Pollack, Hoffman plays Michael Dorsey, an actor struggling more because of his difficult reputation than lack of talent. Desperate for work, he poses as ‘Dorothy Michaels’ in an audition for a daytime soap opera. Featuring a wondering comic turn from Hoffman, Jessica Lange won an Oscar for her role as actress Julie Nichols. The film screens on Saturday, June 24th.

Hoffman’s two Oscar-winning performances will also be shown during the season, both on Sunday, June 25th. Hoffman received his first golden statuette for his performance as workaholic Ted Kramer in Robert Benson’s Kramer Vs. Kramer. When his wife, Joanna (Meryl Streep), walks out, Kramer is forced to take care of his young son alone. In Rain Man,Hoffman plays autistic savant Raymond Babbitt, the older brother of Charlie (Tom Cruise); Charlie searches out his long-lost sibling, when he learns that Raymond is the major beneficiary of their father’s estate. The film went on to win four Oscars, including Best Picture.

Tickets for these screenings are available now at or by calling the IFI Box Office on 01 – 6793477.



JUNE 15th (18.30) LENNY

JUNE 17th (20.30) MARATHON MAN

JUNE 18th (14.00) PAPILLON



JUNE 24th (18.00) TOOTSIE


JUNE 25th (18.10) RAIN MAN


“95 Decibels” Film In Dublin Highlights Parent Choices For Deaf Children


Sound Advice is hosting a screening of the US-produced 95 Decibels short film (2013) on June 10th at 11am at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin, to explore the emotional obstacles parents face with an unexpected diagnosis of deafness for their child. In the film, the young (hearing) parents Erica and Dylan, struggle over what path to take for their deaf daughter, Sophia, whose hearing issues are detected at 18 months old.

The 95 Decibels film (27:30) features actor Goran Visnijc from NBC’s ERand is based on a true story in the United States to educate on the early detection of hearing issues in infants while seeking to improve acceptance of cochlear implants as a digital hearing technology.

The teaching in this film perfectly complements Sound Advice’s approach:

  1. Digital hearing aids and cochlear implants in the first year of life give babies who are deaf or hard of hearing the best possible sound to access spoken language.

  2. Guidance from audiologists, ENT surgeons and speech-language teachers is vital as babies and their families learn to use spoken language in a hearing world.

  3. Auditory-verbal (hearing-speech) therapy optimises infant outcomes with early detection, family involvement and top-quality hearing devices or technology.

Dublin was the first overseas city to screen 95 Decibels in January 2014and we are delighted to host a repeat screening and Q&A with the film directors, visiting from the US.

” The 95 Decibels film directly fits Sound Advice’s message of early detection for babies with severe to profound deafness in Ireland, who can learn to listen and talk with infant hearing-devices and parent-led spoken language interactions”, says Caroline Carswell, founder of Sound Advice. ” While the HSE’s national newborn hearing test initiative in 2011 and – since 2014 – bilateral cochlear implants for children – are massive steps forward, what parents in Ireland really need, is sustained coaching in the listening-and-talking approach as their infants grow. This film-screening and dialogue with the film directors and some current deaf teens from Ireland, aim to explore how that outcome can be achieved. “

The Listening and Talking Approach

Since 2007, Sound Advice highlighted the listening-and-talking approach for deaf infants in Ireland, with founder Caroline Carswell (and team members) benefiting from this family-centred spoken-language development as very young children. Their self-taught speech therapist practised Auditory-Verbal Therapy (AVT) in Ireland in the 1950s on a semi-private basis at Dublin’s Harcourt Street Hospital, but was not replaced on retirement in the 1990s.

A key theme of 95 Decibels is the Listening and Talking approach for deaf children – also known as Auditory-Verbal Therapy (AVT). The 95 Decibels team finds much success in the AVT approach, which maximises the use of a child’s hearing for learning. AVT promotes infant detection of hearing issues, one-on-one speech therapy and digital hearing-device management. With guidance, coaching and modelling, parents are the primary enablers of their child’s spoken language progress and ultimately gain belief that their child can access multiple academic, social, and occupational choices in their life.

For more details about the event, please visit:


Annual Showcase for Higher Diploma in Television and Digital Media Production Students

Standing l to r Neil O Hallacháin, Allister O hUiginn, Fiona Ní Ghriofa, Sarah McAodha, Niall O Cionnáith and Donal O Nualláin. Kneeling l to r Ryan O Dubhair, Cóilin O Dufaigh and Cian O hAlluráin.


The students of the Higher Diploma in Television and Digital Media Production based in Nemeton TV in Gaeltacht na nDéise held their annual showcase in Dungarvan’s SGC Cinema on the 18th of May. This year the original work of ten students was celebrated amongst friends, family and those who star in the films. 
“It was a wonderful showcasing of the creativity and imaginations of the next generation of television producers, directors and editors” said Course Director Moira Sweeney.  Nemeton TV CEO Irial Mac Mhurchú praised the consistent high quality of the films in his opening speech: “Each year we are delighted to see the graduates of the course find work with us in Nemeton TV and in production companies and television stations all over the country”.  Eibhlín de Paor of Údáras na Gaeltachta who back the course, spoke of the “vital role the course filled in preparing students with the skills needed to enter a competitive industry”.  


This year’s films offer a fascinating and wide range of stories. An Lá a Thit an Condor, directed by Nial Kenny and co-edited with Allister Higgens, is an evocative blend of reconstruction and archive, with the filmmaker’s grandfather recalling the day eight German pilots landed in Nenagh during WW2.   Turas an Dreóilín is a warm observational documentary in which the filmmaker Donie Nolan captures the unique tradition of the Carrigkerry Wren Boys in his native West Limerick over Christmas 2016.  In Is Cuimhin Liom, filmmaker Sarah McCoy gives us an intimate and surprisingly humorous portrait of Gerald Linehan as he and his family come to terms with his Alzheimers. 
In B’Fhearr Liom na Sléibhte, the filmmaker and musician Nuala Daltan explores the hidden musical tradition and history of her native South Carlow and Blackstairs Mountain Range.  Seachtain i Saol Beirt Pholatóir is a quirky observational documentary in which filmmakers Neil Hallahan and Cóilín Duffy contrast the busy lives of a Senator and a T.D. from Cork  over the course of a week. In Ó Lads go Fir, filmmaker and hurler Cian O Halloran traces the lead up to the Waterford Under 21 Hurling team’s 2016 All Ireland win, which ended 24 years of heartache.  And finally, in An tAthair Ó Fiannachta, director Fiona Griffin and editor Ryan O’Dwyer give us a touching portrait of the much loved Irish language scholar Padraig Ó Fiannachta of Dingle who died in 2016. The film features friends such as Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh. 

Post Apocalypse Burlesque Table Quiz @ Filmbase


R3D host a launch night and fundraising event of their first feature Circus and Burlesque theatrical show:

Immerse yourself in an evening of dystopian dress up and trivia. Your knowledge of  imminent destruction will be put to the test and you will be duly rewarded with a selection of burlesque performances throughout the night.
But why?
You’ll have to assemble your team to find out.

4 Fiends per table.
Table sign up ends @7:45pm on the night.

6 Rounds,
2 Sets of performances,
A HELLIONS amount of fun.

To be confirmed.

Friday, May 12th
Filmbase, Cruved Street, Templebar
Doors: 7pm.
Apocalypse begins: 8pm.
€10 per head.

Register your team of 4 on the night or email:

Please note that you do not need to participate in the table quiz to indulge in the night and discover our exciting news.
Teams of less than 4 are also allowed but you may be asked to share a table.


IFI Spotlight


IFI Spotlight takes place this Friday, 7th April. Now in its fifth year, Spotlight is the IFI’s annual look at the Irish film and media industry, reviewing the past year and considering current trends in production, distribution and consumption of new work.

As always, the day is split into two parts; this year’s morning session will look back at 2016, and will also feature an interesting and topical panel on copyright infringement and intellectual piracy.

For the afternoon session, there is a panel looking at the response to measures introduced by the Irish Film Board in relation to gender equality in the sector. There are also two events devoted to advertising, the main panel of which will be facilitated by Tania Banotti of IAPI and will consider the main ways in which the advertising industry contributes to the culture and economy of film, TV and animation in Ireland.

Entrance to either of the morning or afternoon sessions costs €5 each, with an all-day ticket available for €8.

Full day tickets are available for purchase here. Morning session only tickets are available for purchase here. Afternoon session only tickets are available for purchase here.


10.30                           Welcome Professor Margaret Kelleher

10.40                           2016 in Review

Dr Roddy Flynn of DCU and Dr Tony Tracy of NUIG will review the film and television output of 2016 considering the impact of 1916 Centenary programming on TV, feature and short film production, discussing fresh new work in film and TV drama, and noting the continuing rise in popularity of Irish theatrical documentaries.

11.45                            Panel: Copyright Infringement, Intellectual Piracy, and the Film and TV industry.             

This panel, presented in association with the Irish Industry Trust for IP Awareness, will consider the increasing threat of piracy to the film and home entertainment industry in Ireland. It will outline the work of the Trust in educating consumers on legitimate sources of content and promoting the value of copyright and creativity. The session will be facilitated by the Trust’s Communications Director, Alison Crinion, who will be joined by Liz Bales, CEO Industry Trust for IP Awareness and British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE); David Burke, General Manager of Universal Pictures Ireland; Karen O’Malley, Head of Home Entertainment at Element Pictures; Garry Walsh Writer and Producer at SnackBox Films.

12.45                               Lunch


14.00                              A Catch-Up on Gender Equity

Annie Doona (returning Chair of Irish Film Board / Bord Scannán na hÉireann) will provide an update on the response to measures introduced by the IFB/BSÉ to achieve gender equity in particular funding areas within an agreed timeframe. Stephanie Comey will update on BAI activity in identifying gendered anomalies in funding provision, while Sunniva O’Flynn of IFI will report on representation of women directors across IFI programme. Session will be moderated by Rachel Lysaght of Women in Film and Television, Ireland.

14.40   Ad Break

Kasandra O’Connell, Head of the IFI Irish Film Archive, will introduce a selection of vintage Irish ads from collections restored by IFI Irish Film Archive in a major project supported by the BAI.

14.50   Panel: Ad Libs

This panel will go behind the scenes of the advertising world to consider the many ways in which the advertising industry contributes significantly to the culture and economy of film, TV and animation in Ireland. The panel will celebrate the talent of Irish ad-makers; explore the influence of advertising on Irish filmmaking aesthetics, budgets, pitching and economy of storytelling; and will look at women in advertising – their roles and their representation. Facilitator Tania Banotti of the Institute of Advertising Practitioners in Ireland will be joined by:  first AD/director Liz Gill; producer Andrew Freedman (Antidote / Venom); executive producer, Max Brady (Pull the Trigger); animation director, Gavin Kelly (Piranha Bar); and copywriter/director Conor Ferguson.

15.40    In the Pipeline

Generating a great deal of interest when it was introduced last year, this strand invites filmmakers to discuss forthcoming features. Cartoon Saloon (Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells) will whet our appetites for their new feature- length animation The Breadwinner about a young girl in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Pat Collins will give us a foretaste of his new feature drama Song of Granite, a biopic of sean-nós singer Joe Heaney.

16.20  Wrap-Up

Round up of the day facilitated by Professor Margaret Kelleher.



Czech New Wave @ IFI


The IFI, in association with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Ireland, present ‘Intimate Lighting’, a season of films from the Czech New Wave. Featuring the work of cinematic masters such as Jiří Menzel, Jan Němec, Miloš Forman, Ivan Passer and Karel Vachek, this new season represents a rare opportunity to see these highly influential films on the big screen. The IFI is also delighted to welcome Professor Jaromír Šofr, cinematographer on Menzel’s Closely Observed Trains, for a Q&A and Masterclass.

The films presented in this season were produced during a period of political liberalisation in Czechoslovakia during the 1960s, a time of flourishing artistic creativity which allowed a group of astute young writers and directors to produce a wealth of highly imaginative, politically engaged cinema. The filmmakers featured in this season, most of whom were students of the Prague film school, FAMU, smuggled damning critiques of the government into their state-funded films and hence many were indefinitely shelved or banned outright. A number of filmmakers left the country after the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968.

Kicking off the festival on Saturday 8th at 14.00 is a double-bill featuring Moravian Hellas, a documentary on the Strážnice Folklore Festival directed by Karel Vachek, and Jan Němec’s Diamonds of the Night, in which two unnamed teenage boys flee a German train taking them to a concentration camp. Němec’s second film of the season, A Report on the Party and the Guests, centres on a summer party rudely interrupted by a strange authority figure, and screens on Saturday 22nd.

Miloš Forman’s highly amusing, semi-improvised The Loves of a Blonde screens on Sunday 9th at 14.00, while his Oscar-nominated classic, The Firemen’s Ball, will show on April 29th. When a grand ball is arranged by a small town’s fire brigade in honour of their oldest serving member, the self-serving institute descends into farcical dysfunction.

Intimate Lighting, the festival‘s title film, will be presented on Wednesday 12th at 18.30. A beautifully observed drama of the everyday, that sees Petr, a musician, and his girlfriend, Stepa, travel from Prague to a provincial town where he is due to give a concert. This was the only film directed by Ivan Passer in Czechoslovakia.

Nobody Will Laugh, directed by Hynek Bočan and inspired by a Milan Kundera short story, tells the story of Karel Klíma, a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts who gets himself into trouble when he loses a paper written by an aspiring but hopeless student. The film screens on Wednesday 19th at 18.30.

Director Evald Schorm’s 1969 film, The Seventh Day, the Eighth Night, will show on Wednesday 26th at 18.15. When the stationmaster of an unremarkable Czech village disappears, a group of travelling actors arrive to perform a passion play, which is enough to spark an outbreak of collective paranoia amongst the villagers who begin to question the identity of these alleged actors.

Winner of the 1968 Best Foreign Language Oscar, Closely Observed Trains screens on Sunday 23rd at 20.00. The film that brought the Czech New Wave movement international acclaim tells the story of Miloš, an unambitious 22-year-old signalman in German-occupied Czechoslovakia. His encounters with a variety of characters bring the naive young man into contact with the tragedy of the war. The film’s cinematographer, Professor Jaromir Šofr, will attend this screening and participate in a Q&A.

The following evening, Professor Jaromír Šofr will conduct a Masterclass in the IFI. The focus of the discussion will be Professor Šofr’s work as a cinematographer in 1960s. The Masterclass will provide audiences with information on the conditions for filmmakers in the 1960s Czechoslovakia and provide contextualisation for the films presented throughout the season.

Closing the season on Sunday, April 30th at 14.00 is Juraj Herz’s The Cremator. Made hastily during the Prague Spring of 1968, Herz’s nightmarish tale centres on a fanatically zealous cremator who believes he is releasing the souls of the dead for reincarnation. The screening of The Cremator will be introduced by noted costume and set designer, Joe Vaněk.

‘Intimate Lighting’ is presented in association with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Ireland. For more information about the festival and to buy tickets, please visit

A multi-event pass, 5 films for €45, is available by phone or in person from the IFI Box Office – 01 679 3477.

For interview requests and images, please contact Michelle McDonagh ( at the IFI Press Office on 01 679 5744.


SAT APR 8th (14.00): Moravian Hellas (Moravská Hellas) and Diamonds of The Night (Démanty noci)

SUN APR 9th (14.00): The Loves of a Blonde (Lásky jedné plavovlásky)

WED APR 12th (18.30): Intimate Lighting (Intimní osvětlení)

WED APR 19th (18.30): Nobody Will Laugh (Nikdo se nebude smát)

SAT APR 22nd (14.00): A Report on The Party and The Guests (O slavnosti a hostech)

SUN APR 23rd (20.00): Closely Observed Trains (Ostře sledované vlaky)

MON APR 24th (18.30): Public master-class with Prof. Jaromír Šofr

WED APR 26th (18.15): The Seventh Day, the Eighth Night (Den sedmý, osmá noc)

SAT APR 29th (14.00): The Firemen’s Ball (Hoří, má panenko)

SUN APR 30th (14.00): The Cremator (Spalovač mrtvol)


Sound of Silents @ IFI


Sound of Silents returns to the Irish Film Institute on Saturday, April 8th with a programme of colourful, rarely-screened silent films from the IFI Irish Film Archive dating from 1914 to 1955. The films will be accompanied with live improvised scores from Bottlenote Music.

Presented in association with MusicTown 2017, this year’s programme has a distinct German flavour and includes a German newsreel purportedly filmed during the Irish Rising of 1914; the first transatlantic flight by Irish and German pilots (1928); portraits of German-born artists Irina Brady (1943) and Imogen Stuart (1955); and scenes from the Aran Islands in the 1940s by ethnographer Heinrich Becker.

The music, curated by Shane Latimer of Bottlenote, will feature performances by Seán MacErlaine and Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh, who will be joined by musicians from the Ruhr area of Germany, saxophonists Julius Gabriel and Florian Walter, and electronic artist Achim Zepezauer.

Commenting on this year’s programme, Sunniva O’Flynn, Head of Irish Film Programming at the IFI, said “This year’s collaboration with Bottlenote and their German counterparts has created an exciting new framework for exploring the collections. We have found unusual echoes of German presence in Ireland woven throughout the amateur and professional collections. We look forward to hearing what musical response the films might trigger from our international band. ”

Now in its third year, MusicTown will run from 7 – 17 April, celebrating the rich musical heritage and contemporary artistic lifeblood of Dublin City. For full programme details, please visit

This programme is supported by MusicTown 2017, Goethe Institut Irland, and Jazz Offensive Essen.

Tickets for From the Vaults: The Sound of Silents on April 8th at 14.00 and 20.30 are available from the IFI on 01 6793477 or at

For more information and images, please contact Stephen Boylan at the IFI Press Office ( or 01 679 5744.

The IFI acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council.


National Youth Film School Goes Residential


Young Irish Film Makers have been running the  National Youth Film School since 2002 to train young filmmakers in all aspects of film making.  This year in partnership with The National Film School at IADT in Dun Laoghaire and with funding from the Irish Film Board they are bringing youth film training to a new level with a 10-day residential film camp.

A Residential Film Camp will accommodate young filmmakers from all over Ireland to immerse them in the world of film making with practical training workshops, intensive shooting days and long hours in the edit suite.  Script to Screen Training and mentorship through every step of the film making process; Facilitating the students to actively learn the skills and job roles involved in preproduction, the shoot and finally edit workflow. Portfolio Workshops will be hosted at The National Film School in IADT for students who are preparing to apply for college to study film, television or broadcast media.  This unique workshop gives students the tools they need to present their work in a portfolio format.

This is a unique opportunity for any young person (16-19yrs) planning a career or college placement in Film or Television.  Interactive workshops in all aspects of filmmaking – from writing to lighting, production to editing – all with experts in the field, coupled with the experience of working on a professional film crew is not to be missed.  The final films will premiere in front of an industry audience in the autumn to showcase the young talent.

Over the years, the National Youth Film School has attracted young people from all over Ireland, Europe and even the USA for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to work at a professional level on a broadcast quality film production.  Many young people have used their work with YIFM as a portfolio piece and gone on to attend film schools such as The National Film School at IADT in Dun Laoghaire.

Industry backing for NYFS comes from Screen Training Ireland, the Screen Directors Guild, Screen Producers Ireland and Filmbase.  Screenwriters working with the film school in the past have included Will Collins (Song of the Sea), Ailbhe Keogan (Run & Jump), Colin Thornton (Date for Mad Mary) and Hugh O’Conor to name a few.

Young Irish Film Makers have been producing films with young people all over Ireland since 1991 and boasts past members such as Oscar nominated Tomm Moore (Writer/Director of ‘Song of the Sea’), Luke Harris (3D animator at Brown Bag) and John Morton (Creative Director of Devious Theatre Company).

The National Youth Film School has limited capacity, so watch this space or log on to and industry sites for updates.


Torrey Pines @ IFI

The IFI presents a cine-concert event on Monday, March 27th at 20.30 featuring the début film from award-winning filmmaker, musician and visual artist Clyde Petersen, Torrey Pines – an autobiographical stop-motion animation which touches on issues of mental health and gender identity.
The film recounts the time when 12-year-old Clyde, uncomfortable in the body in which he was born, was brought on a road trip across America by his schizophrenic mother, who had done so without the knowledge of Clyde’s father, who then reported the child kidnapped. Subtle and moving, it’s also laced with humour, best exemplified by a scene in which the two attend a Whitney Houston concert.
The event will be hosted by the Irish Film Institute and will begin with a short set from Dublin band Pillow Queens. Live accompaniment to the film will be provided by members of Your Heart Breaks, Clyde Petersen’s musical collective. Tickets €10.



New Horizons Calls for Urgent Introduction of Gender Quotas in Film Industry


With Compliments. Photographed at New Horizons: Women in the Irish Film and Television Industry, an event taking place in MIC. The event looked at the under representation of women in the Irish film and television industries were . Photograph Liam Burke Press 22

L:R: Jane Gogan – (Head of Drama RTE), Oonagh Kearney (Director) and Orla O’Connor (Director National Women’s Council of Ireland). Photograph: Liam Burke Press 22



Now is the time to introduce practical and concrete action on gender quotas in the Irish film and television industries.  That was the resounding message being conveyed at New Horizons: Women in the Irish Film and Television Industries; which took place in Mary Immaculate College, on 3 March 2017.


Last year’s hugely successful inaugural event, entitled Women in the Irish Film Industry: Moving from the Margins to the Centre, addressed the current under-representation of women in the Irish film industry. This year’s event asked the question – so what has happened since?


Contributors to the event to the event included Celine Craig Deputy CEO Broadcasting Authority of Ireland; who as part of a panel looking at Gender & Organisation talked about the strategic themes of the new BAI strategy in promotion of diversity and plurality. According to Celine “a key deliverable in this regard concerns the development, implementation and review of an action plan that supports increased representation of the diversity of Irish society in the broadcast media with a particular focus on gender diversity and the Irish language”.


Alan Esslemont, Director General of TG4, spoke of TG4’s deliberate success in always finding a way to portray women in strong positions “Having spent the last decade in Scotland with BBC ALBA, I am very aware of the influence of Nicola Sturgeon on gender balance within company boards. Perhaps because of that influence it was important for me to achieve gender balance in our senior management team. TG4 has had strong female leaders for the last 20 years and in our editorial and business affairs team of around a dozen people, there is only one male. Portrayal of women is also important for TG4 and in areas of news, presentation, drama, music and women’s sport TG4 has been both innovative and impactful. ”


Rebecca O’Flanagan, Producer with Treasure Entertainment spoke of how “The industry is facing a time of both challenge and opportunity in relation to the gender issue:  I choose to see it as an exciting opportunity to reshape the industry and bring exciting, fresh and important new voices to the screen”.


James Hickey, CEO of the Irish Film Board, reiterated the IFB’s commitment to their Gender Equality Six Point Plan, to have a 50/50 gender funding policy successfully implemented within three years. However, now one year in to a three year plan, with very little change having been witnessed former Chair of the IFB, Dr Annie Doona, spoke of the need for more radical and urgent action in order to implement change; a sentiment that was unanimously shared from the floor as speaker after speaker spoke of the need for the introduction of specific gender quotas in the Irish film and television industries, as without them change would not be possible.



Key note speaker at the event was Melissa Silverstein, US writer and director. According to Melissa, who is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, there is a systematic bias against women working in the film industry in that studios stick with what they believe will work; films directed by women receive smaller budgets, subsequently their films receive smaller cinema releases which means that female driven films are seen on about one third of screens in comparison to male driven films and so generate smaller box office receipts.


Melissa stated that despite the fact that women make 80% of all consumer decisions, and will over the next decade control two thirds of consumer wealth, women still continue to be completely under-represented in the film industry. Only 5 of the top 100 US films in 2016 were directed by women, 11 were written by women, with less than one fifth were produced by women.


She continued to explain that smaller budgets and lack of trust in female directors contribute to the narrative about women in the industry in that lack of trust from the studios means less opportunities for women; lack of opportunities for women results in less trust from the studios.

So how do we change the narrative?  According to Melissa we do so three fold: 1) Industry interventions – equal distribution of funding, quotas, equal pay; 2) Creative interventions – don’t stereotype the women in your script, ensure equal quote of women in crowd scenes etc and 3) Consumer interventions – go and see movies directed by women and about women, seek out female writers, don’t stand for sexist conversations about women in films.


Other speakers at the event included Caroline Norbury MBE, founding CEO of Creative England; an organisation that invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and business in film, TV, games and digital media; Professor Anna Wahl of KTH Stockholm, a renowned expert on gendered organisational cultures and combating unconscious bias; Jane Gogan, Head of Drama, RTE; Orla O Connor,  Director National Women’s Council of Ireland and Leslie McKimm, Project Manager Irish Film Board and founding member of Women in Film & TV Ireland.


Bringing the event to a close Dr Susan Liddy, Lecturer in Media Studies, MIC and event organiser said “The loss of women’s voices and women’s vision impoverishes us as a culture; it narrows our storytelling and squanders our potential.   It’s imperative, for the sake of the industry, that we seek out and encourage and foster female talent.

We have made a start on the road to gender equality. But it is only the beginning. It is vital that we don’t lose momentum because the price of not succeeding is just too great. Those organisations who have not yet begun the process of change need to start. And those who have lead the way need to do more. And to do it more quickly. Rhetoric will not create change, we need action and commitment and we need it now”.












Live Reading of ‘Indiana Jones And The Saucermen From Mars’


On Tuesday, March 21st at 7pm in The Grand Social, Storybreakers will be performing a Live Reading of the original, unproduced Indiana Jones 4 script: Indiana Jones And The Saucermen From Mars.


Written in 1995 by Jeb Stuart, this Indiana Jones story takes the famed archaeologist down a completely different path than we all know of. Created a full 13 years before The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull emerged, this Indie adventure was eventually shelved due to scheduling and creative conflicts and the script was buried deep in the temples of Hollywood… Until now!


Join Storybreakers, alongside some of Dublin’s best and brightest actors, as find out on March 21st if Lucas & Spielberg had it right the first time.
Book your seat now on Eventbrite (The last Storybreakers Live Reading Event event sold out in 5 days, so book your place now).


* This is a non-profit event. All proceeds will be donated to charity.

Irish Film Season @ Danish Film Institute


An Irish Film Season will take place at the Danish Film Institute from 2 – 15 March, Sing Street and A Date for Mad Mary, will be screened as well as 4 documentaries, Atlantic, Queen of Ireland, Mattress Men and One Million Dubliners.

Directors Conor Horgan and Risteard Ó’Domhnaill will both travel to Denmark and participate in Q&A sessions with the large audiences that are expected.

You can find more information at this link,,


‘Tomato Red’ @ IFI + Q&A with Director Juanita Wilson

Following its sold-out premiere screening at this year’s Audi Dublin International Film Festival, Tomato Red opens at The Irish Film Institute on Friday, March 3rd. Director Juanita Wilson will attend the opening night screening at 20.15, which will then be followed by a Q&A.

Oscar-nominated Irish director Juanita Wilson’s (As If I’m Not There) second feature is an adaptation of Daniel Woodrell’s 1998 ‘country noir’ novel. Woodrell’s work has previously been brought to the big screen by Ang Lee with Ride with the Devil (1999) and Debra Granik with Winter’s Bone (2010).

Paroled from prison, Sammy (Jake Weary) tries to put a new life together in the Ozarks. He falls in with Jamalee Merridew (Julia Garner, Grandma), who wants nothing more than to escape her family, particularly her mother Bev (Anna Friel), and the unavoidable reputation of the Merridew name in order to make it in Hollywood. Despite his initial doubts, Sammy comes to share her dreams of a better future before tragedy befalls the Merridews, and a terrible choice must be made.

Tickets for the screening of Tomato Red + Q&A are now on sale from and the IFI Box Office – 01-6793477.


‘A Page of Madness’ at Trinity College Dublin

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The School of Creative Arts at Trinity College Dublin and the Japanese Embassy present a special screening of the great silent classic of Japanese film, A Page of Madness,  with a new score by Matthew Nolan, Seán Mac Erlaine, and Clive Bell.


Date of event:  March 16th

Tickets – €14 / 10 conc. Available from  

 A rare screening of arguably the most important Asian film from the silent era in the beautiful surroundings of the Chapel at Trinity College Dublin. This presentation will be accompanied by a new score produced by acclaimed Irish musicians and composers Matthew Nolan and Seán Mac Erlaine in collaboration with London based shakuhachi (Japanese flute) master, Clive Bell.

March 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan.

A Page of Madness (1926) or Kurutta Ippeiji is a silent film by Japanese film director Kinugasa Teinosuke. It was lost for fifty years until being rediscovered by Kinugasa in a shed in 1971.
Every generation has turned out a handful of directors whose work has broken the mould to go far beyond the standards set by their contemporaries. One of the first of these was Teinosuke Kinugasa, who all the way back in the 1920s was busily familiarising himself with developments in European cinema and became the first director in Japan to realise his ambition of treating cinema as a distinct art form in its own right, divorced from the commercial concerns of the new mass-audience medium.

Based on a treatment by the later 1968 Nobel Prize winning novelist Yasunari Kawabata, A Page of Madness seems a far cry from the standard theatrically derived Kabuki adaptations produced at the time. It’s a simple story story of a retired sailor who has taken a job as a janitor in an asylum to look after his insane wife; however a synopsis of the plot can’t begin to explain the power of the film, nor the audacity of its cinematic vision.






Science on Screen Information Day

What: Science on Screen Information Day
When: Friday March 10th 2017
Time: 11am – 1.30pm
Where: CÚRAM, Centre for Research in Medical Devices, Biomedical Sciences Building, Newcastle Rd, NUI Galway


Galway Film Centre and CÚRAM, Centre for Research in Medical Devices,have announced the return of Science on Screen, a funding strand for creative documentaries set in the world of science. The Science on Screen project will 100% fund one 26 minute film with a budget of €35,000.

The film will be based around an area of research currently underway in CÚRAM and this research will be presented at an information session on Friday March 10th in NUI Galway. Following presentations, there will also be a short networking session where filmmakers and scientists get to meet informally and begin the journey telling stories through science.

In 2016, the Science on Screen scheme, supported by the Science Foundation of Ireland (SFI) Discover Call, enabled the production of two films, Feats of Modest Valour, a touching portrait of three individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and the scientists who are developing a new medical device, which could potentially halt or even cure the disease; and Mending Legends, which looks at the devastating effects of tendon injury on sports people and the team of scientists who are working to form the world’s first 3D cell assembled tendon prototype. (Film trailers below).

The information session for the 2017 Science on Screen Fund will take place from 11am to 1.30pm in CÚRAM, at the Biomedical Sciences Building at NUI Galway. As well as pitches from the scientists and information on how to apply for the scheme, it will also include a panel with speakers from RTÉ, TG4, the Galway Film Fleadh and the SFI discussing avenues of distribution open to these films.

Interested filmmakers are invited to register for this event via Eventbrite.


Warner Bros. Creative Talent Supports ADIFF Industry Event with Oscar-winner Alexandra Byrne & Oscar Nomineee Consolata Boyle




Warner Bros. Creative Talent has announced its support of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival Costume Designer’s Masterclass with Oscar-winner Alexandra Byrne.  Taking place at The Hugh Lane Gallery on Saturday 18th February from 1pm, the event will be hosted by fellow Costume Designer and 2016 Oscar-nominee for Florence Foster Jenkins, Consolata Boyle.


The masterclass is a further example of Warner Bros.’ continued support for industry professtionals and trainees through Warner Bros. Creative Talent.  This follows the recently announced scholarship for Miriam Devitt, an MA Screenwriting student at Dublin’s Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT).


Grainne Humphreys, Festival Director of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival, said “It is a great pleasure to welcome the outstanding talent that is Alexandra Byrne to this year’s festival to share her wealth of industry experience as one of the leading practitioners in her field. I am thrilled to welcome her to Ireland for the festival and I am sure that the masterclass will no doubt be one of the highlights of this year’s festival.”


From the upcoming Jungle Book to Hamlet, 300: Rise of an Empire, Elizabeth, Thor and Guardians Of The Galaxy, Alexandra Byrne boasts an impressively diverse career as one of the leading experts in her field. After three previous Oscar nominations (HamletElizabeth and Finding Neverland), Byrne took home the Academy Award in 2007 for her work on Elizabeth: The Golden Age, to add to her BAFTA for Persuasion.




New Horizons: Women in the Irish Film and Television Industries


This day-long event will monitor what’s been happening for women in the Irish film and television industry over the last year.  And what needs to happen in 2017 to bring about the change we need for an equal industry. This year Limerick is calling again! The 2017 colloquium is a national and international conversation. We’re still finalizing the line-up but most of the speakers are now confirmed:

  • Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO Creative England
  • Professor Anna Wahl of KTH Stockholm, a renowned expert on gendered organisational cultures and combating unconscious bias. Professor Wahl has worked closely with many organisations including the Swedish Film Institute.
  • Melissa Silverstein who is a writer, campaigner and blogger. Founder of Women and Hollywood and Artistic Director and co-founder of the Athena Film Festival.

Two Irish panels will look at gender and organisations and finding and nurturing female talent. Confirmed speakers for those panels include:

  • James Hickey – CEO Irish Film Board
  • Leslie McKimm –  Project Manager Irish Film Board
  • Alan Esslemont – Director TG4
  • Jane Gogan – Head of Drama, RTE
  • Celine Craig – Deputy CEO Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
  • Orla O Connor – Director National Women’s Council of Ireland
  • Lesley McKimm – Project Manager Irish Film Board
  • Siobhán Farrell  –Eclipse Pictures – Film Distributors
  • Rebecca O’Flanagan – Producer
  • Screen Training Ireland

Like last year there will be a diverse audience – writers, producers, directors, film festival programmers, educators, to name just a few.  There will be representatives from organisations like the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, the Irish Film Board, Screen Training Ireland, Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, Screen Producers Ireland, Writers Guild of Ireland, Equality Action Committee, Women in Film and Television.

Lunch, tea, coffee, wine reception, good company and great debate in a fun and informal atmosphere.

There is an early bird rate of €15 if you book online before Wednesday 1st March, click into our Registration Page;  €10 for students with valid ID or €25 at the registration desk. This is going to be a great day! 

If you have any questions email:

Waiting to hear from you!  

Best Wishes , Susan




Award-Winning Irish Film Sanctuary Goes On Tour

one of the most ambitious, innovative and deeply moving Irish films of recent times” Film Ireland
 “Sanctuary is an utter joy of a movie” Galway Advertiser

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival brings one of the most original, freshest and funniest Irish romantic comedies of recent years, Len Collin’s Sanctuary to the Light House Cinema as part of the main festival and, in collaboration with access>CINEMA, to three regional venues, on a special tour which has been supported by the Arts Council Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme.

Len Collin’s Sanctuary is a big screen adaptation of a hit play from Blue Teapot Theatre Company, Performing Arts School & Outreach programme for people with intellectual disabilities at the forefront of arts & disability in Ireland. The film premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2016 where it won the Best First Irish Feature Award.

Larry and Sophie are in love. They bribe the feckless Tom to book them into a hotel for an afternoon tryst and look forward to getting to know each other, like countless couples before them. But Larry and Sophie aren’t any couple; they both have intellectual disabilities and Tom is their care worker. By attempting to be intimate, they aren’t just breaking the rules – they’re breaking the law.

Commenting on the shifting legal situation Inclusion Ireland Campaigns & Policy Lead Sarah Lennon said “Sanctuary brings light to the uncertain legal landscape for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to have intimate relationships. The timing of the Festival Tour with ADIFF and access>CINEMA will coincide with a law reform in the guise of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015 which is expected in the next week and will create improved legal certainty about who can and cannot have intimate, sexual relationships. There remains a lot to do and it is important that artists like Len Collin and Blue Teapot continue their advocacy.”     

Audi Dublin International Film Festival Screening
Sat 18th February | 20:30 | Light House Cinema
Smithfield Square, Dublin 7
Booking / information: 01 687 7974

Tour Schedule
Mon 20th February | 20:00 | Pavilion Theatre
Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Booking / information: 01 231 2929

Tue 21st February | 20:00 |Droichead Arts Centre
Stockwell Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Booking / information: 041 98 33946

Wed 22nd February | 20:00 |Riverbank Arts Centre
Main Street, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
Booking / information: 045 448327


‘Lost in France’ Special Screening and Live Event


A special screening and unique live event of Niall McCann’s acclaimed documentary Lost in France will take place on Tuesday 21st February in a number of Irish cinemas including the Irish Film Institute, Movies@Dundrum, Movies@Swords, The Gate Cork with other venues to be announced.

The film charts the rise of Scotland’s indie music scene in the 1990s led by iconic Glasgow label Chemikal Underground, the Delgados, Bis, Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand, Arab Strap and other seminal musicians and bands.  Following the screening, audiences will be able to experience the magic live as Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), RM Hubbert and Emma Pollock and Paul Savage (The Delgados) reunite for a once-in-a-lifetime performance.

The film and performance will be screened live to cinemas across Ireland and the UK and tickets are on sale now.  Watch the Lost in France trailer here:

Lost in France will open on general release in Ireland on 3rd March by Wildcard Distribution.  Special guests including, Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), Emma Pollock (ex-The Delgados, Chemikal Underground Records) and RM Hubbert (Chemikal Underground Records), and director Niall McCann will attend select screenings on the opening weekend.

There are a series of gigs around Ireland will accompany the film’s release including Emma Pollock & RM Hubbert LIVE:

Friday March 3rd – The Workman’s Club, Dublin

Saturday March 4th – Connolly’s of Leap, Cork

Sunday March 5th – Roisin Dubh, Galway


PLASTIK 2017 Programme Launch + Hilary Lloyd Woodall Exhibition 

Woodall, 2017 © Hilary Lloyd, courtesy Hilary Lloyd, London

PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image collaborates with Temple Bar Gallery + Studios to present ‘Woodall’, an exhibition of recent work by Hilary Lloyd. The exhibition takes place as part of PLASTIK 2017, and will run from 11 February – 01 April 2017.

The PLASTIK 2017 PROGRAMME LAUNCH takes place at 5.00pm on Friday 10 February at the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Atrium.

Following this event, a special preview of the Hilary Lloyd exhibition ‘Woodall’ will take place on from 6 to 8pm in Temple Bar Gallery. Both events are open to the public.

For further information on the Hilary Lloyd exhibition, please see the Temple Bar Gallery + Studio website.


For Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Lloyd has constructed a multi-part installation in which film and sculptural elements are interwoven. Central to this installation is a group of new film works in which Lloyd continues to probe the architecture and ambiences of particular places. She integrates sounds and images in ways that challenge typical viewing conventions – sliding from interpretable scenes into ‘abstract’ formulations of colour, shape and light. Through a strategy of juxtaposition, Lloyd shifts between detachment and intimacy, abstraction and reality – offsetting psychedelic backdrops with casual observations of urban life. The films are integrated into a sculptural installation which includes printed fabric hangings, echoing and reframing the videos’ contents. Throughout the installation, the repetition of shapes and motifs provides a rhythmic quality to the work, connecting real-life visions with constructs of digital technology. Lloyd’s film works have a salient beauty and visual restraint, continually informed by an awareness of the mechanisms through which they are displayed.

Hilary Lloyd Lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Blaffer Art Museum, Houston (2016); Robot, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2015); Balfour, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2015); Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2012); Artists Space, New York (2011); Raven Row, London (2010). Lloyd was nominated for the 2011 Turner Prize and received The Bryan Robertson Trust Award in 2016. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Dorich House Museum, Kingston University, UK; Focal Point, Southend- on-Sea, UK; Greene Naftali, NY, USA and 356 S. Mission Road, L.A, USA.


PLASTIK is a unique platform for the engagement and appreciation of artists’ moving image in Ireland, and is curated by Jenny Brady, Daniel Fitzpatrick and Sibyl Montague.


Duncan Campbell’s ‘The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy’ @ IFI



The Irish Film Institute, in association with The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), presents a screening of Turner Prize-winning director Duncan Campbell’s The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy on Monday, February 27th at 6.30 p.m. This screening is part of the IFI’s monthly ‘Irish Focus’ strand and will be followed by a discussion with Campbell and Sarah Glennie, director of IMMA.

The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy is filmed in and around the Kerry village of Dún Chaoin and integrates newly-scripted material shot with actors and footage from The Village (1968), a film which Campbell encountered during research at the IFI Irish Film Archive. This new film is set against a fictional visit by two American anthropologists to Dún Chaoin, mirroring the premise of the earlier documentary, and re-imagining sequences such as turf cutting, rabbit hunting and gatherings in the local pub. Campbell considers the misconceptions that frame the relationship between the filmmakers and their subjects, societal shifts, and misrepresentations of rural Ireland.

The Village will also screen at the IFI on Tuesday, February 28th at 6.30 p.m. as part of the ‘From The Vaults’ monthly strand. The film examines how modernisation has affected the inhabitants of the remote village of Dún Chaoin in Co Kerry. It shows their connection with the nearby Blasket Islands and their relationship with visitors who come to observe them.

Tickets for the screening of The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy and The Village are now on sale from and the IFI Box Office – 01-6793477.



Info Session on Short Film Funding Opportunities




Filmbase’s next #GetIntoFilm information evening will take place at Filmbase on Monday 13th February on short film funding opportunities for filmmakers in Ireland.

Filmbase are hosting an information evening on funding opportunities for short filmmakers in Ireland. There are a significant number of short film schemes and funds available to filmmakers in Ireland in 2017 supporting a range of live action, animation, documentary and experimental film projects.

These opportunities include those from Filmbase, broadcasters, Film Commissions and regional Arts Offices, the Arts Council and the Irish Film Board. The information session will be an opportunity to outline the aims and objectives of funds which are available this year and to highlight the key requirements of each one.

Other funds will also be covered in the session.

The Information session takes place at Filmbase on Monday 13th February from 19:00 – 20:30. Places are limited and must be reserved in advance. Filmmakers can register their interest in attending by emailing


Looking for funding?  Want to submit your work to festivals? Keep an eye on upcoming deadlines here.



Recent Transmissions: Strange Attractor (live sound) / Experimental Film Society @ St. Peter’s Church, Cork


Recent Transmissions: Strange Attractor (live sound) / Experimental Film Society (undead images) 6-8pm, Saturday February 25th St. Peter’s Church, North Main St., Cork.

A durational, improvised live performance by Strange Attractor will take place in a space activated and transfigured by multiple projections of Experimental Film Society moving imagery. The filmmakers envision life on earth as if picked up by alien cameras and minds, and transmitted back across the universe – where Strange Attractor are ready and waiting to tune in and respond. The ensuing communion between “the finest experimental improv in the country at present” (Bernard Clarke, RTÉ Lyric FM) and “the most active, prolific and intrepid group of experimental filmmakers working in Ireland today” (aemi: artists and experimental moving image) promises to generate an unworldly intensity.

Strange Attractor is a multi-dimensional, collaborative venture that experiments with sound, movement, technology, combined media, text and found objects. Members Anthony KellyDanny McCarthyIrene MurphyMick O’Shea, David Stalling and invited guest performer cellist Eimear Reidy.



Screening & Discussion of ‘Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present’ documentary in IMMA


The Artist/Analyst Is Present: At the Interface between Creative Arts Practice and Clinical Psychoanalytic Practice’. A screening and discussion of ‘Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present’.

Speakers include Grainne Casey (psychologist/ child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapist), Dr Noreen Giffney (psychoanalytic psychotherapist/ lecturer in counselling at Ulster University), Jacinta Lynch (artist/ director of Broadstone Studios), Lisa Moran (curator in the Irish Museum of Modern Art) and Dr Katherine Waugh (philosopher/ art critic/ film maker).

Saturday 4 February 2017 at 12.30 pm-3.15 pm, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).

Further details:

As part of the 8th Irish Psychoanalytic Film Festival


Niall McCann’s ‘Lost in France’ @ IFI


The IFI presents a special screening of Niall McCann’s latest documentary, Lost in France, which chronicles a 2008 pilgrimage to France of a number of Scottish bands signed to the independent Chemikal Underground record label. The screening will be followed by a satellite broadcast from the band’s performance.

Chemikal Underground has been Scotland’s premier indie label since its establishment in the 1990s. The label has released work by a diverse range of fondly-remembered groups such as Bis, Magoo, and Urusei Yatsura, although the label’s greatest successes came from Arab Strap, Mogwai, and label-founders The Delgados.

In the label’s early years, a selection of its bands, including Alex Kapranos’s pre-Franz Ferdinand outfit, travelled to perform in Mauron, a small town in Brittany. Seven years later, the musicians retraced their steps. The resulting documentary provides the opportunity to make comparisons between the thriving Scottish DIY music scene of 20 years ago and the difficulties faced by new acts today, given the increasingly mainstream-focused music press and radio.

The cast’s reminiscences are engaging and often extremely funny, and, as one would imagine, the live footage and soundtrack are exceptional.

The screening will be followed by a live satellite performance by Alex Kapranos, Stuart Braithwaite, R.M. Hubbert, Emma Pollock, and Paul Savage. 

Tickets for this screening and live broadcast are available now at or by calling the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477.