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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