Podcast interviews with writer/director Conor McDermottroe and the team behind ‘Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne’
In part one Conor McDermottroe speaks to Film Ireland’s Scott Townsend about his debut feature as director ‘Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne’, which was released in cinemas on Friday September 10th 2010.
In part two Conor McDermottroe, producer Hermann Florin and some more of the crew answer questions from the Light House Cinema audience on Friday September 10th 2010.
As part of Film Ireland’s coverage of Still Films week at the IFI, director Maya Derrington and producer Nicky Gogan talk about the making of the documentary ‘Pyjama Girls’.
This Film Ireland podcast recorded on Friday July 23rd 2010 was chaired by the IFI’s Sunniva O’Flynn, with ‘Colony’ co-director Ross McDonnell and former Green Party leader and former Minister for Food and Horticulture Trevor Sargent on the panel. The screening of ‘Colony’ highlighted the important role bees play in agriculture and agribusiness worldwide and the problems faced due to Colony Collapse Disorder.
In this ‘Film Ireland’ podcast Charlene Lydon talks to writer/director Neasa Hardiman about her work on ‘The Tracey Beaker’ series, her recent project ‘This is going to take more than one night’ and her experiences of working across film, TV and theatre.
In this Film Ireland podcast documentary filmmaker Anna Rodgers of Crossing the Line films talks to director Ken Wardrop and producer Andrew Freedman of Venon Films. The event was recorded as part of the IFI’s Conversations with Irish Filmmakers series on Tuesday June 28th 2010 as their acclaimed feature documentary ‘His & Hers’ was playing in cinemas.
They reflect on their earlier short documentaries ‘Hen’, ‘Farewell Packets of Ten’, ‘Useless Dog’ and the multi award-winning ‘Undressing my Mother’. Ken and Andrew also answer questions from the audience revealing more about their experiences at Sundance, the industry response to ‘His & Hers’ and their approach to filmmaking.
This ‘Film Ireland’ podcast is a recording of the IFI’s Conversations with Irish Filmmakers series with writer/director Ivan Kavanagh and the cast of ‘The Fading Light’. Chaired by Manus McManus of the IFI Irish Film Archive and with contributions from the main cast made up of Patrick O’Donnell, Bibi Larrson, Karen Griffin, Emma Eliza Regan and Valene Kane.
‘The Fading Light’ won the Dublin Film Critic’s Circle Award for Best Irish Film and Patrick O’Donnell won Best Actor at 2010 JDIFF.
Short clips form Ivan’s earlier work and from The Fading Light are screened and discussed by the panel, and the audience are invited to join in and ask questions. Ivan talks about his background, his directing style built around improvisation and shooting in sequence, and his influences including documentary maker Peter Watkins and Ulrich Seidl.
access>CINEMA’s Dave O Mahony introduces the first of the IFI’s Conversations with Irish Filmmakers series with writer/director Margaret Corkery.
Margaret’s background in art and photography led to her early short films ‘Killing the Afternoon’ and ‘Joyride’, which were both screened and discussed at the event.
Her debut feature, the dark comedy ‘Eamon’, was produced as part of the Catalyst Project. Margaret discusses her experiences in writing and shooting the film, her influences, and the challenges faced in marketing a film and gaining entry into the major film festivals worldwide.
Filmmaker Niall McKay talks to artisan filmmaker DJ Bad Vegan, aka Brant Smith, about his upcoming off-beat, low-budget, sci-fi feature In-World War. The film was partly shot in Dublin and features model Vivienne Connolly.
Film Ireland talks to ‘Identities’ Director Vittoria Colanna and Producer Rachel Lysaght about how their initial research for a drama gradually morphed into the winner of both the best documentary at Gaze Film festival 2009 and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties Human Rights Film School award.
Director Duncan Jones speaks to Film Ireland’s Scott Townsend about his critically-acclaimed debut feature Moon which was released in Irish cinemas on Friday, 17th July 2009.
Duncan discusses how his background as a commercials director helped him to work within a limited budget while also managing to get Kevin Spacey and composer Clint Mansell to contribute.
He also reveals the influence that classic science fiction movies such as 2001 and Outland had on him while making this film.
This is part two of a two-part Film Ireland podcast with writer/director Conor McMahon, recorded three weeks after the world premiere of his ultra low-budget improvised horror film ‘The Disturbed’ at the 2009 Galway Film Fleadh.
Conor sheds some light on what does or does not happen to a filmmaker when a film is well received at a large film festival such as Galway, his meeting with sales agents, applying for completion funding, plus more about the movie now that the film has been seen by an audience.
The Disturbed will be screened in the IFI as part of The Horrorthon this October Bank Holiday weekend.
This is part one of a two part Film Ireland podcast with Writer/Director Conor McMahon recorded before the world premiere of his ultra low budget improvised horror film ‘The Disturbed’ at the 2009 Galway Film Fleadh.
We hear about what inspired him to make it and what writing process there is in an improvised movie shot in sequence. Conor also talks about the relationship with actors and director when their isn’t a script, what stage he was at in post production at the time and what hopes he had going into the festival.
Part 2 will shed some light on what does or does not happen to a filmmaker when a film is well received at a large film festival such as Galway plus a little more about the film now that people, including Film Ireland, have actually seen it.
Ross Whitaker talks to Niall McKay, director of narrative documentary ‘A Song for Dad’, which airs on RTÉ 1 on Tuesday 4th August at 10.20pm.
Alan Fitzpatrick, Managing Director of Filmbase, sits on the Filmbase/RTÉ short Film Awards panel, where twice a year 3 short scripts are chosen to receive funding of €10,000 each plus matching facilities from Filmbase. Ahead of the next application deadline of Friday 26th June, Alan gives an overview of the scheme, the application procedure, the process of whittling the applications down to a short list of 10 and some advice should you reach the short list interview stage.
Thyrza Ging talks to Film Ireland about her work as a casting director, giving practical advice on what makes a good actor’s headshot, CV and showreel and also what to expect in your first audition.