Nick McLean

The legendary cinematographer Nick McLean is currently in Ireland for a series of events honouring his work.  We were fortunate enough to have Nick join us to chat with Paul Farren about his illustrious career. Nick is joined by film historian Wayne Byrne, who co-authored a book with Nick which details McLean’s life and work on some of the biggest films and television shows of the past fifty years.

Nick takes us inside Hollywood and shares some fabulous stories, working with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Robert Altman, Vilmos Zsigmond, László Kovács, Brian De Palma, Burt Reynolds, Warren Beatty, Hal Ashby, Clint Eastwood, Mel Brooks, Richard Donner on The Goonies and Superman and working on Friends.

 

Events

March 8 – Triskel Arts Centre (Short Circuit film screening + Q&A; Cobra film screening + Introduction)
March 9 – The Harbour Hotel (An Audience with Nick McLean Masterclass)
                – Palas Cinema (The Goonies film screening + Q&A)
March 11 – The Sugar Club (Spaceballs film screening + Introduction and Q&A)
March 15 – Naas Community Library (An Evening with Nick McLean)
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Viko Nikci, Writer/Director of ‘Cellar Door’

Cellar Door tells the story of young lover Aidie as she searches for her son while in the grip of the Church. But as she gets closer to the truth, she suffers uncontrollable shifts in time and place that send her spiralling.

Gemma Creagh sat down with writer/director Viko Nikci to open up the Cellar Door and find out more about his moving mystery thriller.

Cellar Door is showing at Cineworld, Eye Cinema, IMC Dun Laoghaire, The Gate and Movies@Dundrum.

 

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Aoife O’Toole, Dublin Feminist Film Festival Manager

Gemma Creagh talks to Aoife O’Toole, the Dublin Feminist Film Festival Manager, about what we can expect at this year’s festival with screenings in the Light House Cinema 21st and 22nd November plus Special Launch Events taking place on 20th November in The Generator Hostel, Smithfield. 

 

 

The Dublin Feminist Film Festival runs 20 – 22 November 

#DFFF2018 = Reframe/Refocus

www.dublinfeministfilmfestival.com

 

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On the Red Carpet Podcast: The Little Stranger

Lenny Abrahamson’s new film The Little Stranger tells the story of Dr. Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson), the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants – Mrs. Ayres (Charlotte Rampling), Roderick Ayres (Will Poulter) and Caroline Ayres (Ruth Wilson) – are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.

Gemma Creagh was at the European premiere at the Light House cinema in Dublin and talked to Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Lenny Abrahamson and Ruth Wilson.

 

 

 

The Little Stranger is currently in cinemas

 

 

Irish Film Review: The Little Stranger

 

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Capital Irish Film Festival: Elynia Betts, Director of Maeve and the Moon

 

John Collins spoke to Elynia Betts, whose short film Maeve and the Moon screened at this year’s Capital Irish Film Festival in Washington D.C. John was good enough to send us on his recording of their conversation.

When her father offhandedly remarks that her mother is “asking for the moon,” imaginative and resilient Maeve decides to set off on her own to find the moon and bring it home.

 


 
 
Maeve and the Moon screened at the Capital Irish Film Festival on 4th March 2018.

 

 

Capital Irish Film Festival: Colin McIvor – Director of ‘The Zoo’

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Capital Irish Film Festival: Colin McIvor – Director of ‘The Zoo’

 

 

John Collins spoke to Colin McIvor, whose film Zoo opened this year’s Capital Irish Film Festival in Washington D.C.

The film, which features Ian McElhinney, Amy Huberman, Toby Jones and Penelope Wilton, recounts the story of young Tom and his misfit friends, who fight to save ‘Buster’ the baby elephant during the German air raid bombings of Belfast in 1941.

 

 

Zoo screened at the Capital Irish Film Festival on 1st March 2018.

Zoo is released in Irish cinemas on 29th June 2018.

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Reel Horror Show: Episode 10

To see the year off, our yuletide yetis, Ali Doyle, Conor Dowling, Conor McMahon and Mark Sheridan gathered together roasting corpses on an open fire and discussing their latest horror oglings. They also mull over haunted house films and recommend a few Christmas horrors to see you through the festive season. 

Happy horrordays from everyone at Reel Horror Show

 

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Creep 2

 

Descent into Darkness: My European Nightmare

 

Offerings

 

Super Dark Times 

 

Dark

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The Lodgers

 

Ghostwatch

 

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Alan Maher, producer of ‘Song of Granite’

Gemma Creagh sat down with Alan Maher of Marcie Films to discuss the ins and outs of producing Pat Collins’ Song of Granite, the life story of traditional Sean-nós singer Joe Heaney, from County Galway.

 

 

Song of Granite is in cinemas from 8th December

 

 

 

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Gerry Gregg, Director of ‘Condemned to Remember’

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June Butler talks to director Gerry Gregg about his film Condemned to Remember in which Irish Holocaust Survivor Tomi Reichental celebrates his 80th birthday in a Dublin Mosque and embarks on an epic journey across a Europe in turmoil.

 

 

Condemned to Remember screened at the IFI and is currently screening in Dundrum and will screen at the Cork Film Festival  on Sun 12th at 6.45pm with a post-screening Q&A with Tomi Reichental and Gerry Gregg.

Eclipse Pictures are organising school screenings across the country. Contact siobhan@eclipsepictures.ie for further information.

www.condemnedtoremember.ie

 

 

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Linda Cullen: Co-Director of ‘The 34th’

In this podcast Sarah Cullen chats to Linda Cullen, co-director of The 34th (with Vanessa Gildea), which tells the story of the driven and dedicated people who formed Marriage Equality in Ireland, and developed it into a highly effective grassroots force with one clear goal in mind – the extension of Civil Marriage to same sex couples. Through revealing interviews and archive material, former board members and staff outline the strategising, fierce battles, sheer hard graft and personal cost of running such an all-consuming campaign.

From the KAL (Katherine Zappone & Ann Louise Gilligan) case to a YES vote on 22nd May 2015, this documentary spans a decade culminating in the 34th amendment to the Irish constitution, allowing same sex marriage.

 

Recorded by Tommy Cullen

The 34th screens at the Light House Cinema on Wednesday, 18th October at 6.30

 

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Stephen Burke, Writer/Director of ‘Maze’

 

Gemma Creagh talks to writer/director Stephen Burke about Maze, which tells the true story of the infamous 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from HMP, which was to become the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II.

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Irish Film Review: Maze

 

Actor Barry Ward, ‘Maze’

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Nick Kelly, Writer/Director of ‘The Drummer and the Keeper’

 

Paul Farren talks to Nick Kelly, whose film The Drummer and the Keeper is in cinemas now. In his film, the drummer of a rock band recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder strikes up an unusual friendship with an institutionalized teen who is suffering from Asperger’s syndrome.

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Irish Film Review: The Drummer and the Keeper

 

 

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Tom Ryan, Writer / Director of ‘Twice Shy’

 

Gemma Creagh met Tom Ryan to talk about his film Twice Shy, which is released in cinemas 23rd June 2017. 

Twice Shy, is a modern, coming-of-age drama that revolves around a young, unmarried couple who set off on a road trip from Ireland to London, as the result of an unplanned pregnancy. The film charts the ups and downs of their relationship by juxtaposing their dramatic journey with flashbacks to happier times in their romance. 

The film stars Shane Murray-Corcoran and Iseult Casey in the lead roles and features support from a stellar cast including Ardal O’ Hanlon (After Hours, Fr. Ted), Pat Shortt (The Guard, Garage), Mary Conroy (Ros na Run) and Paul Ronan (Love / Hate).

 

 

 

 

Irish Film Review: Twice Shy

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Conor Armstrong Sanfey, Director of ‘Lift’

 

In Lift, Sean’s vicious attack leaves a man unconscious and him stranded in an elevator with five others. In the confines of the lift, love has a chance of blossoming – violence has a chance of erupting – Sean has little chance of escape. With his freedom hanging in the balance can the people who fear him offer him one last chance of redemption?

Mark Sheridan talks to director Conor Armstrong Sanfey about his debut feature, which screens at Filmbase on 21st June 2017.

 


 
 
No Budget Presents a Special Screening of Lift at Filmbase, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers.

The proceeds from the event will go towards supporting independent filmmaking in Ireland.

Tickets €5 in advance through eventbrite and €6 at the door.
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/no-budget-presents-a-special-screening-of-lift-tickets-34838357465

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Zoe Kavanagh: Director and Co-Writer of ‘Demon Hunter’

 

A young girl tormented by the tragedies of her past is brought in for questioning by the police over the death of a man, who she claims to be a demon. Detective Beckett realizes this is the same girl he made a broken promise to six years ago that he’d find the monster that raped and murdered her 12 year old sister. The girl warns of a powerful man named Falstaff who will stop at nothing to claim her soul, Falstaff abducts Detective Beckett’s daughter and now this young girl is his only hope and ally in rescuing his daughter from this demonic cult and proving to him that Taryn Barker is the Demon Hunter.

Mark Sheridan talks to director and co-writer Zoe Kavanagh about her film, which plays in select cinemas June 6th.

Zoe talks about her influences, making the film and self-financing it, music and actors, the film’s success on the festival circuit, and the need for audiences to support Irish films.

DEMON HUNTER in Cinemas June 6th for a LIMITED TIME only BOOK NOW.
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Also available on DVD & Video on Demand June 12th

 

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Podcast: Irish Film Festival Boston

static1.squarespaceCarrie Drzik was at the 2017 Irish Film Festival Boston and met some of the attending filmmakers.

 

Dominic MacHale

Dominic MacHale, who plays the bike-thief-obsessed Sergeant Healy in The Young Offenders, talks about working on the film which won Best Feature at the festival.

The Young Offenders screened on 23rd March 2017 at the Somerville Theatre.


Natasha Waugh

Natasha Waugh, writer/director of Terminal, a short film about women and the decisions they must make. Terminal won Director’s Choice – Best Short at the festival.

Terminal screened on Friday, March 24th 2017 at the Somerville Theatre.


Sarah Dempsey 

Writer/co-director Sarah Dempsey talks about her film Hand in Hand, a short documentary that sits down gay and lesbian couples as they openly discuss topics ranging from coming out to childbirth. This intimate documentary offers a window into what it is to be in a same-sex relationship in Ireland.

Hand in Hand screened on Sunday, March 26 2017 at the Somerville Theatre as part of the NEW IRISH SHORTS PROGRAM 2


Rónán Mac Con Iomaire

Author Rónán Mac Con Iomaire talks about the incredible story of Irish boxer Sean Mannion and the Irish of Boston.

Rocky Ros Muc screened on Saturday, March 25 2017 at the Somerville Theatre.


Ristéard O’Domhnaill & Brian Fitzpatrick


Ristéard O’Domhnaill (director) and Brian Fitzpatrick (associate producer) talk about Atlantic, crowdfunding, and working with Brendan Gleeson. And enjoy some fine Boston pizza.

Atlantic screened on Saturday, March 25 2017 at the Somerville Theatre.

 

The Irish Film Festival Boston took place 23 – 26 March 2017

Follow them on Twitter @irishfilmfest

Carrie Drzik is a Boston filmmaker who can be found @reindeercity

 

http://filmireland.net/2017/04/09/film-festivals-2017-here-abroad/

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Podcast: Interview with Niamh Algar

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Actor Niamh Algar joined Jonathan Victory to talk about 3 films she features in at this year’s Audi Dublin International Film Festival as well as her nomination for the 2017 ADIFF Discovery Award.

In Lorcan Finnegan’s debut feature Without Name, Niamh plays Olivia, the  apprentice to a middle-aged land surveyor, who takes up a job in a remote forest. Deep in the woods, he becomes aware of a malevolent presence, an intelligence of sorts. A silhouette flits between trees. The place fascinates the fragmenting Eric  as much as it disturbs him. Is his mind playing tricks on him or is there some ancient horror wishing him harm?

Niamh also talks about the short films she appears in, Gone and Pebbles, which are also screening at ADIFF.

In Patrick Maxwell’s Gone, Paul returns to his hometown to find that his ex-lover has a child with another man. As old sparks reignite, jealousy and revenge lead to fatal consequences.

In Jonathan Shaw’s Pebbles, on her 50th wedding anniversary, Ruby returns to the hotel where she spent her Honeymoon. Will her estranged husband return to honour a promise?

Niamh also talks to Jonathan about the craft of acting, the industry and loads of other lovely stuff, including Niamh’s favourite curse word (spoiler – it’s “bejinges”)

 

Without Name screens on Saturday, 18th Feb 2017 at 6:00pm at the Light House Cinema.

Gone and Pebbles screen as part of ADIFF Shorts 3 on Saturday, 25th February 2017 at 6:15pm at the Light House Cinema.

Without Name is released in Irish cinemas in April.

Check out our preview of all the Irish films screening at this year’s festival.

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival runs 16 – 26 February 2017

Check out the full programme here

 

 

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Podcast: Ben Wheatley,’Free Fire’

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Paul Farren talks to Ben Wheatley about taking a procedural look at action with Free Fire, breaking it down to an atomic level, planning the shoot, the production design, the ’70s setting, scriptwriting and the inspirations behind Armie Hammer’s suave look.

 

 

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Armie Hammer, left, whose look was inspired by:

 

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Dan O’Bannon

 

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and Tony Roberts

 

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Podcast: Capital Irish Film Festival

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John Collins was at the 11th annual Capital Irish Film Festival in Washington, USA and met some of the attending filmmakers.

 

Henrietta Norton, director, and Dan Dennison, DOP, Born and Reared

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In this interview, John talks to director Henrietta Norton and DOP Dan Dennison about bringing their film, Born and Reared, to an American audience, the challenges for Dan as a photographer working with film, shooting in Belfast, and the overwhelming desire for peace in Northern Ireland.

Born and Reared tells the story of four men in Northern Ireland living in the aftermath of a conflict that ended 18 years ago.


Marie-Therese Garvey, producer of Atlantic

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John talks to producer Marie-Therese Garvey about working with Risteard O’Domhnaill on Atlantic , crowdfunding, the power of story, the impact the film is having, the value of film festivals and having Brendan Gleeson on board.

Atlantic focuses on the two biggest resources in the North Atlantic: fish and oil, following the fortunes of three small fishing communities struggling to maintain their way of life.


Kealan Ryan, actor and writer of Lift 

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John talks to Kealan Ryan, actor and writer of Lift about bringing his debut indie feature to the festival, getting the dialogue right, the dynamic of the characters, how the project came about, and the different challenges writing novels and scripts.

In Lift, a vicious attack by Sean leaves a man unconscious and him stranded in an elevator with five others.


Hilary Rose, actor in The Young Offenders

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John talks to Hilary Rose about celebrating Irish film abroad, what goes into making a good comedy, being a pregnant fishmonger, the success of The Young Offenders and The Sultans of Ping.


John Collins is a producer/director living in Kensington, Maryland. He has an affinity for all things Irish including cinema, literature, music (particularly anything circa 1978-1982) and whiskey. He once played soccer with Bono in Heathrow Airport. His company is called Happy Medium Productions because everybody is always looking for a happy medium.

 

The 11th annual Capital Irish Film Festival ran 2 – 5 March 2017.

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Podcast: Interview with Alice Lowe, Actor/Writer/Director of ‘Prevenge’

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Paul Farren talks to Alice Lowe about her film Prevenge, a pitch black, wryly British comedy, which follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree that’s as funny as it is vicious.

 

Prevenge is currently in cinemas

 

“Savage, twisted and hilarious Prevenge plays with audience expectations in the best way possible by refusing to play it straight.” – Read Ellen Murray’s review here

 

 

 

 

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Podcast: Interview with Grainne Humphreys, ADIFF 2017 Festival Director

 

Film Directors John Butler and Jim Sheridan with Grainne Humphreys - ADIFF Festival Director when details were announced of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2017 which will take place from from 16th February 2017 to 26th February 2017. The world’s best films are coming to Audi Dublin International Film Festival with Vanessa Redgrave, Nathalie Baye, Kerry Fox, Ross Noble, Ben Wheatley, and Anna Friel joining top Irish talent Jack Reynor, Moe Dunford, Cillian Murphy, John Butler and Aiden Gillen on the red carpet. The 2017 programme rolls out the red carpet in cinemas right across the city for a rich mix of new films from across the world accompanied by top International and Irish guest talent that will see tens of thousands of Irish film fans seek out new cinema experiences across the eleven days and nights of the festival. Tickets go on sale and the digital programmewill be available to browse and download from 18.30 on 18th January at www.diff.ie, by phone on +353 1 687 7974 or in person at DIFF, 13 Ormond Quay. Pictures: Brian McEvoy No repro fee for one use
Film director John Butler and Jim Sheridan with Grainne Humphreys at the launch of ADIFF 2017. Picture: Brian McEvoy.

Grace Corry sat down with Grainne Humphreys, Festival Director of Audi Dublin International Film Festival to delve into the delights of this year’s festival.

 

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival takes place 16 – 26 February 2017.

Check out our preview of the Irish films screening at this year’s festival

Check out the full programme here

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Interview: Director Billy O’Brien and Actor Max Records, ‘I Am Not a Serial Killer’

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Gemma Creagh talks to director Billy O’Brien and actor Max Records about their film I Am Not a Serial Killer.

Billy discusses how 3 Irish filmmakers ended up making Dan Wells’ novel about Middle America into a film and Max reveals how he got into acting and Where the Wild Things Are. Along the way, Billy talks about Christopher Lloyd’s subtle acting technique and, of course, there’s chat about the weather and Trump.

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