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
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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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Podcast Interview: Gerard Walsh wri/dir of ‘South’

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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.

 

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Podcast Interview: Pieter-Jan De Pue, director of ‘The Land of the Enlightened’

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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.

Find out more about the documentary at www.thelandoftheenlightened.com

 

 

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