Stephen Porzio talks to Gerard Walsh about his film South, which is out now in Irish cinemas.
South tells the story of Tom, a young man struggling with the recent death of his father. After finding a note from his estranged mother he decides to hit the road and try to find her. Throughout this journey Tom also tries to overcome his crippling stage fright as a musician. Along his journey he meets Jess, a free-spirited young woman that captivates his mind and heart.
Stephen Porzio talks to Pieter-Jan De Pue, the director of the Irish co-production The Land of the Enlightened.
A group of Kuchi children are living in a minefield around Bagram airfield, Afghanistan. They dig out old Soviet landmines in order to sell the explosives to child workers in the Lapis Lazuli mine. Meanwhile Gholam Nasir and his gang control the mountains where caravans are smuggling the blue gem stones to the border of Tajikistan and Pakistan.
When Gholam’s gang is not guiding the caravans over the frozen rivers, they dream about Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the Americans. Some of them will grow up as soldiers, others will remain with the caravans.
But Gholam dreams about marrying and living with his queen in the palace in Kabul. Will Afghanistan have a new king after the foreigners will have returned home?
The co-production was produced by Morgan Bushe for Irish production company Fastnet Films together with Savage Film, Submarine, Eyeworks and Gerbrueder Beetz Produktion.
Stephen Porzio talks to Johnny O’Reilly about his film Moscow Never Sleeps, a multi-story drama that weaves through Moscow’s choked cityscape as it celebrates its birthday with a massive fireworks display. Over the course of one day, many lives will change forever.
Capturing the kinetic energy of the Russian capital, Johnny O’Reilly’s Moscow Never Sleeps cleverly interweaves five compelling stories in a provocative statement on Putin’s Russia.
Moscow Never Sleeps is a drama about the hidden bonds that connects us all. The film dives headlong into the volatile intersections of contemporary Moscow and the intimate lives of five people: An entrepreneur whose business empire comes under siege by powerful bureaucrats, a teenage girl mired in the misery of a broken home, a young man forced to chose between his girlfriend and his grandmother; a beautiful singer torn apart by the pursuit of two men, and an ailing film star who gets embroiled in a bizarre kidnapping.
These stories weave through Moscow’s choked cityscape as it celebrates its birthday with a massive fireworks display. They reveal the unrestrained energy of Europe’s biggest city and the cruelty and beauty of the Russian spirit.
The film stars many of Russia’s best-known actors including Alexey Serebriakov (Leviathon). It was written and directed by Irish filmmaker, Johnny O’Reilly who has lived in Moscow for 12 years. The film aims to give audiences a unique view of Russian humanity, to present a true impression of a vibrant culture overshadowed by egregious policies of a corrupt government and to capture the pulsating spirit of Europe’s biggest city.
Moscow Never Sleeps is released in Irish cinemas on 11th November 2016
Gemma Creagh talks to director Peter Foott, and actors Hilary Rose and PJ Gallagher about The Young Offenders, which has achieved the highest opening for an Irish film at the Republic of Ireland Box Office this year.
Inspired by Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure of €440 million off the coast of Cork in 2007, the laugh-out-loud comedy follows two Cork inner-city teenagers, Conor and Jock, as they embark on a 160km road trip on stolen bikes in the hopes of finding an unrecovered bale of cocaine.
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Ahead of the 2016 edition of the IFI Documentary Festival (22 – 25 September 2016), Grace Corry talks to David O’Mahony, Head of Programming, and Sunniva O’Flynn, Head of Irish Film Programming, about what to expect from this year’s festival.
Ahead of its screening at A4 Sounds,Jonathan Victory talks to Séamus Hanly about his film The Middle Finger.
Dennis, a lonely and frustrated teenager, is reluctantly transformed into a superhero, embedded with the symbol of a hand showing its middle finger, and must awkwardly endure his training and save his world from extinction in The Middle Finger, a superhero comedy feature film, written and directed by Séamus Hanly.
The Middle Finger screens at A4 Sounds, Dorset St., Dublin 1 at 7pm on Friday, 23rd September 2016, limited spaces so RSVP here
Gemma Creagh chats to Ken Wardrop about getting into film and the journey his second feature documentary took him on.
In Mom and Me Ken Wardrop travels to the USA to explore the complex relationships men have with their mothers. Shot across the state Oklahoma, voted America’s manliest State, the film offers a candid and moving portrait of tough guys and their even stronger Moms. It is a story that reveals comedy in the everyday and misery on some other days.
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The IFI present Haunted Landscapes – A Season of Folk Horror from 16 – 30 July. According to David O’Mahony, Head of Programming at the IFI, “the term folk horror has been used to yoke together disparate cultural artefacts that exhibit common traits: an interest in paganism; traditional, rural communities with a connection to the land and its regenerative cycles; the importance of ritual and superstition over scientific rigour.”
The season welcomes renowned horror fiction novelist and critic Kim Newman to Dublin, who isattending the opening weekend to introduce Witchfinder General, The Wicker Man and Quartermass and the Pit.
Paul Farren got on the Film Ireland phone to talk to Kim about the films on offer, and the dangers of playing with farm implements and falling into threshing machines…
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.
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.
Jonathan Victory talks to Katie Holly, producer of Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship, about how Blinder Films became involved in the Irish/French/Dutch co-production, what Ireland has to offer as a location and working with Whit Stillman.
Katie also talks about the need for the government to increase funding to the arts in Ireland.
Our patriotic superpodders return to Earth to chat about Captain America: Civil War and all things Marvel.
Richard Drumm uses his nearly indestructible shield to both outwit brainwashed Paul Farren and his case of super-soldier serum and prevent Scott Adair from stealing a biological weapon from a lab in Finglas.
Grace Corry talks to the IFI’s Head of Irish Film Programming, Sunniva O’Flynn, about the upcoming IFI annual event Spotlight – a day dedicated to focusing on Irish film and television; reviewing the past year and considering current trends in production, distribution and consumption of new work. This year there will be a particular focus on women in the Irish film and television industry and an examination of moves towards creation of gender equality in the sector.
Sing Street takes us back to 1980s Dublin where an economic recession forces Conor out of his comfortable private school and into survival mode at the inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious and über-cool Raphina, and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised – calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the ‘80s, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their hearts into writing lyrics and shooting videos.
Deirdre Molumby talks to actor Jack Reynor about his role in the film as Cosmo’s older brother and music mentor. Jack also chats about keeping one foot in Irish film and the other in Hollywood, and his upcoming role in Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture.
Deirdre also spoke to John Carney, the film’s director, about returning to Dublin to film after Begin Again, making modern-day musicals and making a period film.
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Film Ireland are delighted to be launching The Actors’ Room, a new series of podcasts featuring conversations with actors. To kick off the series, Glenn Keogh dropped in for a chat with Lynn Larkin to give us the insight on working in LA.
Glenn has been living and working in LA for the past 9 years, picking up roles on a number of high-profile TV series, including Castle, Criminal Minds, Undercovers, Days of Our Lives, Ray Donovan, Sons of Anarchy, Once Upon a Time, Scorpion and New Girl. Glenn’s feature film credits include working alongside fellow Irish actor Jack Reynor in Transformers: Age of Extinction.
This Saturday (5th March) the IFI hosts a panel discussion looking at female identities and Hollywood film followed by a screening of Howard Hawks’ 1940 screwball comedy His Girl Friday. Diane Negra, Professor of Film Studies and Screen Culture and Head of Film Studies at UCD, along with Dr. Deborah Jermyn (Roehampton University) and Dr. Shelley Cobb (University of Southampton) will address a diverse set of questions in relation to the continued viability of the ‘chick flick’ as a means of coming to grips with some of the ideological uncertainties, ambivalences and industrial shifts that currently characterise female media representation.
Sarah Griffin sat down with Diane Negra to talk about Saturday’s event and discuss the historical roots of the contemporary chick flick, the representation of women in chick flicks, and what the post epitaph chick flick is.
Tickets: €10 for both screening and panel discussion (tickets not sold separately) are available at www.ifi.ie. There will be a short break after the screening (approx. 30 mins) before the discussion starts.
Diane Negra is Professor of Film Studies and Screen Culture and Head of Film Studies at University College Dublin. She is the author, editor or co-editor of ten books including the forthcoming The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness (Routledge, 2017). Her work in media, gender and cultural studies has been widely influential and recognised with a range of research awards and fellowships. She currently serves as Co-Editor-in Chief of Television and New Media. Professor Negra has served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and currently serves on the Board for Console-ing Passions.
In February, the IFI hosted a comprehensive retrospective of the work of Cathal Black.
Sunniva O’Flynn Head of Irish Film Programming at the IFI writes “Part of Ireland’s ‘First Wave’ of independent filmmakers in the 1970s and ‘80s, Black began to explore the contradictions, problems and preoccupations within Irish society in a way which hadn’t before been attempted in film. He wanted to “make Irish films for Irish audiences, pictures that are recognisably Irish but stand up to European notions of style . . . to be truthful to our own visual interpretation of this country and reach Irish audiences our way.”
Black’s narratives of distinctly drawn and wholly sympathetic individuals are often bleak but leavened by dark humour, or historical and enlivened by ingrained and powerful passions. He burrows into the national psyche to find unsettling tales of unease – of alienation, homosexuality, prostitution, emigration, poverty and despair. His characters fight to escape the shibboleths of Ireland’s heroic past and the injustices of its present.
His early films are wrought in a stark, social-realist tone. His later, more generously budgeted 35mm features employ more traditional narrative modes to tell powerful, character-driven period tales. His feature documentaries explore the lives of determinedly off-beat individuals in features that are handsome and revealing. His latest film, Butterfly (in its theatrical premiere), returns to fictional form in a finely acted psychological drama about a young woman avoiding demons from her past.
Cathal Black, activist, Aosdána member and filmmaker, has sustained a visionary cinematic practise for almost 40 years – long may he continue to unsettle and engage.”
On The Reel were on the red carpet to talk to Angela Lansbury, who was in Dublin to receive a special tribute award at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival.
“It’s a huge delight to welcome Dame Angela Lansbury to Dublin to discuss her life and career on stage and to accept our Festival Tribute Award, the Volta” said Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys. ”A legend whose first films were the classics Gaslight and The Picture of Dorian Gray, from the chilling The Manchurian Candidate to Disney favourites Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Beauty and the Beast and Anastasia, Dame Lansbury has created an indelible impression on world cinema.”
Chris Totzke stepped in to the shoes of Gemma and Lynn for On The Reel and met up with the legendary star at the Bord Gais Convention Centre.
Atlantic is the latest film from the makers of the multi-award-winning documentary, The Pipe (2010). Directed by Risteard O’Domhnaill and edited by Nigel O’Regan, the film follows the fortunes of three small fishing communities – in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland – which are at turns united and divided by the Atlantic Ocean.
Grace Corry sat down with director Risteard O’Domhnaill ahead of the film’s screening at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival to discuss the mounting challenges the communities face within their own industries.
June Butler chats to Grainne Humphreys, the festival director of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival, about the selection process involved in the festival and what’s in store for Irish film lovers this year, including Sing Steet, Viva and this year’s films from Reel Art, an Arts Council scheme designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme, operated in association with Filmbase.
Jonathan Victory talks to Michael Kinirons about co-writing the Australian-Irish drama suspense film Strangerland, directed by Kim Farrant.
The film stars Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes, whose two teenage children disappear into the remote Australian desert, pushing their relationship to the brink as they confront the mystery of their children’s fate.
Grace Corry talks to Tom McCarthy, the director of the Oscar-nominated film Spotlight, the riveting true story of the team of Boston Globe reporters and editors that uncovered an unimaginable conspiracy to cover up clergy child abuse.
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