InConversation: Tony Cranstoun

 

In this episode of InConversation, Mark Sheridan talks to editor Tony Cranstoun, an award-winning editor who has cut drama, comedy and documentary for cinema and television. His work has received ‘Best Editing’ recognition from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), The Royal Television Society (RTS) and the American Cinema Editors (A.C.E.). He is English by birth and resides in Ireland where he is married to filmmaker Emer Reynolds.
 

 
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InConversation: Noel Quinn

 

In this episode of InConversation, Mark Sheridan talks to Emmy-nominated sound recordist Noel Quinn, who has worked on sound for feature films, documentaries, and commercials in a number of countries worldwide, and has lectured extensively on film sound. His credits include Michael Collins, Reign of Fire and The Butcher Boy.

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

 

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InConversation with Michael Lavelle – Part II

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This episode of InConversation features the second part of our conversation with Michael Lavelle ISC. Michael is a graduate of the National Film School of Ireland and an award-winning writer, director and cinematographer. He won the World Cinematography Award for Documentary at Sundance 2010 for His and Hers, his debut feature documentary as a DOP. The Sundance jurors singled out the cinematography “for its Vermeer like qualities and formal restraint in conveying the power of ordinary emotional lives”.

He was also the DOP on the multi-award winning short film Undressing My Mother, which screened at Cannes, was highly commended at Sundance and went on to win the European Academy Award for Best Short Film in 2005.Patrick’s Day, his first dramatic feature as DOP, received its world premiere at SXSW2014. The film went on to win Best Feature at Galway Film Fleadh and Best Film at Woodstock Film Festival where Michael was also awarded the prestigious Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography. In granting the award Wexler, two-time Oscar award-winning DOP (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf) noted:”This award is based on what I consider true cinematography, not just on the traditional dexterity. He has that. Michael Lavelle’s work on Patrick’s Day shows a profound understanding of the story and his ability to employ DOP skills such as framing, lighting and camera movement is subtle in unselfconscious ways to subliminally involve the viewer…I give this award enthusiastically to an exceptional, talented filmmaker, Michael Lavelle.” – Haskell Wexler A.S.C.

In 2015, Michael was nominated for an IFTA for Best Cinematography for his work on the film. From the Dark, his second dramatic feature as DOP and producer, was selected in competition at Fantastic Fest 2014 and Siches 2015. He recently completed principal photography as cinematographer on The Truth Commissioner and the Little Grey Fergie feature trilogy. He has just completed principal photography his eighth feature film as a DOP, the urban crime drama Cardboard Gangsters and has worked as 2nd Unit Cinematographer on 6 additional features.

He has recently been invited to become a full member of the Irish Society of Cinematographers.

Michael also works extensively as a writer/director. He wrote and directed the highly acclaimed short film Out of the Blue, described as boasting “excellent performances, vivid production design and an economy of story-telling that mark the director as a talent to look out for in the future”. The film won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at Cork Film Festival, Best Short at London Independent Film Festival, Best Short Comedy at Toronto Independent Film Festival and the Golden Djed at Luxor Film Festival.

In 2011 he was nominated for the Berlinale Today Award for Mummy’s Little Helper, which he wrote and directed. In 2012, he wrote and directed the short film Cluck, which was nominated for an IFTA.

His debut feature screenplay 6 Hours won the Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild Award for Screenwriting at the National Film School where he did an MA in Screenwriting. The film is in development with Samson Films. Michael is attached to direct. In 2012 he attended the Binger Director’s Film Lab with the project. He was also selected for Guiding Lights, the UK film industry’s most prestigious mentoring program, and was mentored by Lone Scherfig (‘An Education’).

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InConversation with Michael Lavelle – Part I

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This episode of InConversation features Michael Lavelle ISC, a graduate of the National Film School of Ireland and an award-winning writer, director and cinematographer. He won the World Cinematography Award for Documentary at Sundance 2010 for His and Hers, his debut feature documentary as a DOP. The Sundance jurors singled out the cinematography “for its Vermeer like qualities and formal restraint in conveying the power of ordinary emotional lives”.

He was also the DOP on the multi-award winning short film Undressing My Mother, which screened at Cannes, was highly commended at Sundance and went on to win the European Academy Award for Best Short Film in 2005. Patrick’s Day, his first dramatic feature as DOP, received its world premiere at SXSW2014. The film went on to win Best Feature at Galway Film Fleadh and Best Film at Woodstock Film Festival where Michael was also awarded the prestigious Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography. In granting the award Wexler, two-time Oscar award-winning DOP (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf) noted:”This award is based on what I consider true cinematography, not just on the traditional dexterity. He has that. Michael Lavelle’s work on Patrick’s Day shows a profound understanding of the story and his ability to employ DOP skills such as framing, lighting and camera movement is subtle in unselfconscious ways to subliminally involve the viewer…I give this award enthusiastically to an exceptional, talented filmmaker, Michael Lavelle.” – Haskell Wexler A.S.C.

In 2015, Michael was nominated for an IFTA for Best Cinematography for his work on the film. From the Dark, his second dramatic feature as DOP and producer, was selected in competition at Fantastic Fest 2014 and Siches 2015. He recently completed principal photography as cinematographer on The Truth Commissioner and the Little Grey Fergie feature trilogy. He has just completed principal photography his eighth feature film as a DOP, the urban crime drama Cardboard Gangsters and has worked as 2nd Unit Cinematographer on 6 additional features.

He has recently been invited to become a full member of the Irish Society of Cinematographers.

Michael also works extensively as a writer/director. He wrote and directed the highly acclaimed short film Out of the Blue, described as boasting “excellent performances, vivid production design and an economy of story-telling that mark the director as a talent to look out for in the future”. The film won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at Cork Film Festival, Best Short at London Independent Film Festival, Best Short Comedy at Toronto Independent Film Festival and the Golden Djed at Luxor Film Festival.

In 2011 he was nominated for the Berlinale Today Award for Mummy’s Little Helper, which he wrote and directed. In 2012, he wrote and directed the short film Cluck, which was nominated for an IFTA.

His debut feature screenplay 6 Hours won the Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild Award for Screenwriting at the National Film School where he did an MA in Screenwriting. The film is in development with Samson Films. Michael is attached to direct. In 2012 he attended the Binger Director’s Film Lab with the project. He was also selected for Guiding Lights, the UK film industry’s most prestigious mentoring program, and was mentored by Lone Scherfig (‘An Education’).

To view samples of Michael’s work please visit:
www.michaellavelle.com

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Film Ireland Podcast: Episode 22

Film Ireland welcomes Sarah Cullen to the pod joining Richard Drumm to bring you film news, reviews and all round celluloid chit-chat.
Our podpeople preview the upcoming Ghostbusters, chat about Beyonce’s visual album Lemonade, and review Whisky, Tango, Foxtrot, Captain America: Civil War, Bad Neighbours 2, starring Alec Baldwin in a Zac Efron body suit, Green Room and Midnight Special.

 
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InConversation with Brian Deane

This episode of InConversation features writer/director/producer Brian Deane. Brian is from Cork and graduate holder of a BA in English & Philosophy and a MA in Film.

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The Actors’ Room: Susan Barrett

In this episode of The Actors’ Room, Lynn Larkin is joined by Susan Barrett.

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Risteard O’Domhnaill, director of Atlantic

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Podcast: Capital Irish Film Festival 2016, Washington, D.C.

Adam McPartlan was at the Capital Irish Film Festival 2016 and talked to some of the filmmakers.

 

Podcast Interview: Garret Daly, Director of Who is Dervla Murphy?

‘Who is Dervla Murphy?’ profiles Ireland’s most prolific travel writer, through rare and exclusive access to Dervla, her family and friends.

 

Podcast Interview: Ben Wheatley, Director of High Rise

Paul Farren talks to Ben Wheatley about his latest film ‘High Rise’, adapted from J.G. Ballard’s visionary novel

 

Women in Film & Television Ireland Podcast: In Conversation with Emer Reynolds & Lisa Mulcachy

Women in Film and Television Ireland’s first monthly members’ event (21st October 2015) featured award-winning Irish film editor Emer Reynolds and award-winning film and TV director Lisa Mulcahy in conversation.

 

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InConversation with Brian Deane

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This episode of InConversation features writer/director/producer Brian Deane. Brian is from Cork and graduate holder of a BA in English & Philosophy and a MA in Film.

He won his first short film award for his graduation film Without Words in Cannes in 2008 as part of Spike Lee’s International Film Festival and has been seen by 400,000 people on Youtube.

His first short film since college, Volkswagen Joe, has won awards in Rome, Boston, Dublin, Galway, Britain and Chicago in 2014 and also won the Best Short Drama award at the Celtic Media Awards.

His Web Series ‘CTRL’ has been nominated for Best Drama at the IAWTV awards in Las Vegas and at Raindance International Film Festival. His first Irish language film, Céad Ghrá, has screened in Galway, Cork, Dublin, San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland, Newport Beach, Rhode Island, Edmonton, Wichita, Washington and Seattle International Film Festival so far as well as winning best short in the GAZE Film Festival in Ireland.

His 2015 film Blight won Grand Prix European Short Film Winner at Fantasporto and his latest film, Foxglove, funded by RTÉ and Filmbase, is set to have its international premiere this year.

He is the founder of TW Films and a Berlinale Talent alumni 2016 and has just started work on his first feature film.

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InConversation with Tom Hall

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This episode of InConversation features Tom Hall. Tom is a Dublin-born writer and director, who, in 1995, co-founded High Hat Productions with fellow filmmmaker, John Carney, with whom he co-wrote and co-directed November Afternoon and co-directed Park. He was the writer, director and co-creator of Bachelors Walk, the IFTA award-winning comedy/drama series. In 2010, Tom wrote and directed Sensation, a film inspired by reports of a farmer’s home-run brothel. Tom has recently directed episodes of the TV series Trivia and Red Rock.

 

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InConversation with Ross Whitaker

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In this episode of InConversation, we speak to Ross Whitaker, writer, producer and documentary filmmaker.

Ross Whitaker’s first feature film, the self-funded Saviours (2008), was selected for theatrical release in Ireland and acclaimed as one of the “100 Best Irish Films of All Time” (Sunday Times).

Ross’ award-winning short documentaries include Bye Bye Now (2009) and Home Turf (2011) and he has been involved in many successful TV projects, including the the epic television documentary Blind Man Walking and the Prime Time political documentary The Bailout.

Most recently, Ross’ film Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story enjoyed a successful Irish release in 2014 and is being released in the UK.

Ross is currently working on his latest film – a year in the life of a seaside town, Lahinch, on Ireland’s wild Atlantic coast.

 

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InConversation with Aonghus Og McAnally

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In this episode of InConversation we speak with Aonghus Og McAnally, actor and Artistic Director of Rise Productions. This conversation was recorded a year ago. Since then Aonghus has toured nationally with a remount of The Games People Play, the second instalment of Rise’s ‘Dynasty and Destiny Trilogy’. Rise will premiere the final part of that trilogy- At the Ford- as part of this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival.

 

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In Conversation with Paul Duane

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This episode of In Conversation features writer, director and producer Paul Duane.

Paul’s directing credits include Barbaric Genius, Very Extremely Dangerous and Natan and he was named one of Variety magazine’s Ten Directors to Watch in 2013.

In 2008 Paul set up the production company Screenworks with Rob Cawley, which recently produced the successful RTÉ series Amber.

Paul also co-produced In a House That Ceased to Be, the story of Christina Noble, which was released in cinemas earlier this year and screened on RTÉ. The film won the George Morrison Feature Documentary IFTA Award.

 

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InConversation with Mark Gaster & Brian O’Neill

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This episode of InConversation features Mark Gaster (second from left) and Brian O’Neill (second from right), two of the three co-directors of How to be Happy (along with Michael Rob Costine pictured far left). The feature film is written by award winning writer/director, Conor Horgan (One Hundred Mornings) and stars Brian Gleeson, pictured far right. The development of the script was a collaborative effort between Conor and the students of the Filmbase/Staffordshire University MSc Digital Feature Film Production Course.

 

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InConversation with Grainne Humphries

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This episode of InConversation features Grainne Humphries, Festival Director of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival since 2007.

 

The 2015 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival takes place 19 – 29 March.

 

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InConversation: Roundtable Discussion at IFI

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In this recorded roundtable discussion at the IFIInConversation examines the Internet’s impact on the film industry and cinema, from sourcing new talent, building a personal creative profile, raising funds and attracting audiences.

A panel of industry workers – producer Marie Caffrey, casting director Thyrza Ging, MD of FilmBase Alan Fitzpatrick and IFI Public Relations Officer Patrick Stewart – discuss the challenges and opportunities that the Internet offers in their differing working lives.

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InConversation with Nick Ryan

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This episode of InConversation features Nick Ryan, a producer and writer/director, whose work includes the award-winning documentary The Summit. Nick is currently working on 6 Days of the Rising, based on the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.


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InConversation with Shimmy Marcus

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This episode of InConversation features writer, editor, producer and director Shimmy Marcus, whose work to date includes the feature films Headrush and Soulboy, alongside a number of short films, and documentaries.

 

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InConversation with Emer Reynolds

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This episode of InConversation features Emer Reynolds, writer, director and IFTA-winning film editor. Emer has won IFTAs for Timbuktu (2003), her work on the opening series of Channel 4’s groundbreaking Shameless (2004) and My Brothers (2011). Emer’s other feature credits include The Good Doctor, The Eclipse, The Actors, Small Engine Repair, and I Went Down. Most recently, Emer has worked on Terry McMahon’s Patrick’s Day and Aoife Kelleher’s One Million Dubliners.

Notable documentaries include The Asylum, Today is Better Than Two Tomorrows and We Went to War. Emer has written and directed four short films: Slumber, Man, The Widow’s Son and White, and directed the RTÉ drama 6 part-series Trouble in Paradise. Here Was Cuba was her documentary directorial debut.

 

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InConversation with Joseph Conlan

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This episode of InConversation features composer Joseph Conlan. His film scores range from dark psychological thrillers to romantic comedies, from conventional orchestral arrangements to electronic and more experimental instrumentation.

Among the notable film directors with whom Joseph has collaborated are Tobe Hooper (Toolbox Murders), John Badham (Obsessed), Gregg Champion (The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn) and Thomas Bezucha (Big Eden). His most significant television series are NCIS, Simon & Simon, Tour of Duty and The Equalizer. Joe has received Emmy nominations for Miracle Run (Mary-Louise Parker, Zack Efron) and Mortal Sins (Christopher Reeve) and won both the Undgerground Film Festival for Best Score for No Justice and the Rome International Film Festival for Best Song for Finding Home (Genevieve Bujold, Louise Fletcher). Joseph recently composed the score for Graham Cantwell’s The Callback Queen.

 

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InConversation with Pauline Cotter and Helen Wells

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This episode of InConversation features Pauline Cotter and Helen Wells of The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival (CFSFF), which takes place every year in the picturesque fishing village of Schull on the south-west coast of Ireland.  The festival screen short films from all over the world and invites industry professionals to share their knowledge with  visiting filmmakers.

Pauline was educated in Cork and for many years worked in finance with a leading banking institution. She went on to work in insurance covering many aspects of business. Pauline is the Festival Fundraiser and Hospitality Manager.

Helen worked for 17 years as Head of Private Client administration at London-based portfolio management company, Global Asset Management. She helped to set up the Film Festival in Schull with the other members of the Steering Committee in 2009. In September 2013, Helen became Festival Chairman.

 

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

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InConversation with Louise Kiely

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This episode of InConversation features Louise Kiely, one of Ireland’s leading casting directors. She graduated from University College Cork with a Degree in Law. Lousie then trained at The Gaiety School of Acting. She was an actor for a short period before setting up Louise Kiely Casting in 2005 and has since cast a number of up-and-coming Irish actors in successful films, including Jack Reynor in What Richard Did, the BBC series Quirke as well as the Irish casting on Ripper Street and The Sea.
 


 

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InConversation with Lenny Abrahamson

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This episode of InConversation features Lenny Abrahamson. His first feature Adam & Paul (2004) was launched at the Berlin International Film Festival, Telluride and Galway among many prestigious film festivals. Garage (2007) was awarded the CICAE Award upon its presentation at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. The film also won awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Script and Best Actor at the 2008 Irish Film and Television Awards. In the same year Abrahamson also directed Prosperity, four one-hour TV films for RTÉ.

What Richard Did (2012), his third feature, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was released to critical acclaim winning multiple awards in Ireland, best screenplay at the London Evening Standard awards, and best film at the Istanbul Film Festival.

Frank (2014) had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Abrahamson’s next project is the adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s hit novel Room.

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

 

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InConversation with Terry McMahon

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This episode of InConversation features writer/director Terry McMahon, who made his feature debut with the hugely controversial Charlie Casanova. Winner of ‘Best First Feature’ at The Galway Film Fleadh, nominated for four Irish Film and Television Awards, and picked up for distribution by Studio Canal, Charlie Casanova broke the mould for Irish independent film.

McMahon followed that up with Patrick’s Day, which had its world premiere at SXSW and his next feature, the scabrously black romantic comedy, Oliver Twisted is currently in development with The Irish Film Board and producer Tim Palmer.

Awarded Best Director at Melbourne Underground Film Festival and winner of the RKO Pictures Hartley-Merrill International Screenwriting Award in Cannes, the Tiernan MacBride Screenwriting Award and nominated for The Irish Screenwriters and Playwrights Guild Award, McMahon has also lectured on screenwriting and acting in Trinity College Dublin, IADT, UCD, The John Huston Film School and The Casa del Cinema in Rome.

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

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InConversation with Nick Dunning

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This episode of InConversation features Nick Dunning, an actor and writer who attended RADA, where he won the Ronson Prize for Most Promising Young Actor.  He is best known on screen for his role as Thomas Boleyn in The Tudors playing opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers, for which he won an IFTA award for Best Supporting Actor. He has also appeared in numerous popular British TV shows such as Waking the Dead, Kavanagh QC, Midsomer Murders and Quirke. His film work includes The Iron Lady (2011), Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008), Alexander (2004) and In America (2002).

 


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Introducing ‘InConversation’

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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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