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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Film Ireland Podcast: Episode 30 – Meat House

 

 

Sarah Cullen and Richard Drumm return to aurally go where no pod has gone before bringing both chit and chat to the latest Film Ireland Podcast.

In this episode our dastardly duo bring you news and gossip and enter the world of TV to ponder Game of Thrones and The Handmaid’s Tale.

Under the cinematic microscope is The 34th, an Irish doc that tells the story of the people who formed Marriage Equality in Ireland, the hirsute War for the Planet of the Apes, Nolan’s Dunkirk, the capered Logan Lucky, the punch a white man inducing Detroit, the bravely bleak Wind River, the fingerbanging Kingsman: The Golden Circle and ermmmm mother!

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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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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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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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WFT Ireland Podcast: In Conversation with Director Aisling Walsh

 

Women In Film and Television Ireland recently presented In Conversation with director Aisling Walsh as part of their Masterclass series. They have given us kind permission to podcast the audio of the conversation, which has been edited. We also include WIFT Ireland’s own filming of the event.

Aisling Walsh’s Maudie is currently in Irish cinemas.

 

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WFT Ireland: In Conversation with director Aisling Walsh (Part 2)

 

Women in Film and Television Ireland is a voluntary body run by film and TV professionals of international standing, representing the creative, business and technical divisions of the Irish audiovisual sector. Women in Film and Television Ireland promote greater representation of women on screen and behind the camera. Our aim is to ensure that the Irish film and television industry functions as a meritocratic, sustainable and successful force into the future.

 

 

 

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SuperPod: Wonder Woman & Spider-Man

 

Our latex-wearing superpodders, Richard Drumm and Paul Farren, return to their headquarters to plot the rescue of their missing partner Scott Adair. Whilst plotting, our crime-fighting duo discuss the two latest DC and Marvel films to hit the big screens, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

 

 

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Film Ireland Podcast: Episode 29 – The Thinking Man’s Apocalypse

 

Our regular Film Ireland Podcast returns with resplendent hosts Sarah Cullen and Richard Drumm bringing you fun and frolics from the film world. Yes there’s Star wars news, Yes there’s movie reviews. Want to hear about Baby Driver – take that. After the Storm – bleakly optimistic. Miss Sloane – make guns seem cool with the ladies. Wonder Woman – we all liked it. It Comes at Night – thinking man’s apocalypseMy Cousin Rachel – can we trust her? Alien Covenent – celebrating James Franco’s face on fire.

 

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Len Collin, Director of ‘Sanctuary’

Gemma Creagh talks to Len Collin about Sanctuary, which introduces us to Larry and Sophie, two people with intellectual disabilities, who long to be together in a world that does everything to keep them apart.

Sanctuary is currently in the  following cinemas and will tour regionally nationwide

Eye Galway;

IMC Dun Laoghaire;

IMC Galway;

Irish Film Institute;

Light House;

Movies @ Dundrum

 

 

 

 

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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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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).

 

 

 

 

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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.
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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.

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Get into Film: Alan Maher, Producer

Representing Ireland at the EFP Producer on the Move programme at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Mark Coffey talks to producer Alan Maher about his life in film.

Alan Maher set up Marcie Films (formerly Roads Entertainment) in 2013, produced the documentary Being Ap and served as the Irish partner for Maya Zinshtein’s Forever Pure, both of which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Alan produced Pat Collins’ biopic Song of Granite, which premiered at SXSW this March, and is now raising the finance for Hong Khaou’s drama Trade.

Alan has been selected for the EFP Producer on the Move programme, representing Ireland at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Each year, the prestigious festival selects 20 promising, up-and-coming producers from throughout Europe to participate in the initiative which connects European producers with potential co-production partners.

 

 

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SuperPod: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

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After being hired by a powerful alien race to protect their precious batteries from invaders, our superhero team, Richard Drumm, Paul Farren and Scott Adair, return from their trip throughout the cosmos to discuss Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.  

NB: This is riddled with spoilers.

 

 

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Film Ireland Podcast: Episode 28 – More Guns Less Talking

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Richard Drumm and Sarah Cullen are back with their chit and their chat about the world of cinema. In this episode, our primo podders deliberate over Life, Mindhorn, Get Out, John Wick: Chapter 2, Raw, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 . The Transfiguration, Fast & Furious 8, which Sarah debates took place in The Purge universe, while Richard dreams of Helen Mirren one day fighting The Rock. Finally the gang exchange shots at Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, and despair at Logan.

 

 

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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

 

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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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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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SuperPod: Lego Batman & Logan

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Our colourful interlocking plastic mutants return to the superpod to discuss The Lego Batman Movie and Logan.

Paul Farren, whose body has aged greatly because the adamantium fused to his bones has started poisoning him and impeded his healing factor, is joined by mutant tracker Scott Adair, who can psionically sense other mutants out to several miles away and track their movements, and Richard Drumm, who is suffering from a neurodegenerative disease which causes him to lose control of his telepathic abilities to devastating effect.
 
 

 

 

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