Audio Interview: Ross Whitaker, IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Festival Programmer

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In this interview, Donnchadh Tiernan talks to Ross Whitaker, the Festival Programmer of the IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Festival, which takes place September 25th – 28th.

This year’s festival includes the world premiere of Ciarín Scott’s In a House That Ceased to Be as well as premieres for other Irish films, including Blood Fruit, Showrunners and It Came from Connemara!!.

The international programme includes Irish premieres of Steve James’ Life Itself about the film critic Roger Ebert, Kim Longinotto’s  Love is All, Joe Berlinger’s Whitey: United States of America V. James J. Bulger, Andreas Johnsen’s Ai Weiwei – The Fake Case and Amir Amirani’s We Are Many. 

The festival also welcomes Amir, Kim and Andreas as guests to the festival, along with long-time Werner Herzog producer André Singer, who presents his new film Night Will Fall.

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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.
 


 

InConversation is an ongoing series of personal interviews with people working across the many aspects of the Irish filmmaking industry.

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Film Ireland Podcast: Episode 05

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Under the dominance of apes and shackled in the basement, Ruairí & Donnchadh return to talk True Detective and investigate other movie news; the lads mark each other’s Irish homework (Breakfast on Pluto & Pilgrim Hill) and take a shwipe at schtuff in the shinema, including Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Begin Again and the game-changing Pudsey the Dog: The Movie.

Both Ruari & Donnchadh were later used for scientific experiments by the apes which failed to yield any satisfactory results.

 

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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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Film Ireland Podcast: Episode 04

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Ruairí & Donnchadh ride the dragon into the basement to do battle with Decepticons, bringing you some film news along the way and compare and contrast homeworks (The Madness of King George & La Vie en Rose) and, of course, check out what’s out now in a cinema near you, including How to Train Your Dragon 2, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Cold in July, The Golden Dream, and Tammy.

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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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Film Ireland Podcast: Episode 03

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In this episode of the Film Ireland Podcast, Ruairí  and Donnchadh shake their fists at the latest film news, delve deep into the underbelly of the latest films playing in your local picture house, review their homework ( Princess Mononoke and Persepolis) and, due to good behaviour, Donnchadh is let out of the basement to nab an insightful interview with historian Stephen Ryan, knower of all things Jimmy Gralton,  and gets his views on Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall.

 

 

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Podcast Interview: Actors Barry Ward & Simone Kirby – ‘Jimmy’s Hall’

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Ken Loach’s latest film Jimmy’s Hall is set in Leitrim in 1931. 10 years beforehand Jimmy Gralton had built a dance hall on a rural crossroads in an Ireland on the brink of civil war. The Pearse-Connolly Hall was a place where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream . . . but above all, to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity, its socialist and free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians, who forced Jimmy to flee.

A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns to Leitrim from the US to look after his mother and vows to live the quiet life. But as he reintegrates into the community and sees the poverty and growing cultural oppression around him, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He makes the decision to reopen the hall in the face of the dangers it may bring.

Stephen Totterdell sat down with Barry Ward and Simone Kirby, who star in Ken Loach’s portrait of Irish communist and activist Jimmy Gralton. played by Ward alongside Kirby, who plays Gralton’s former love Oonagh.

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Film Ireland Podcast: Episode 02

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Unable to escape from the basement, Ruairí and Donnchadh give us their latest film ramblings, including the latest film news, open up their homework (The Day the Earth Stood Still & The Quiet Earth ) and take a look at stuff in the cinema, including X-Men: Days of Future Past, Edge of Tomorrow, Godzilla and A Million Ways to Die in the West, and more…

 

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Film Ireland Podcast: Episode 01

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In this Film Ireland podcast, Ruairí Moore and Donnchadh Tiernan get together in a sulpher-ridden basement to chat about all things film. Pending their survival, we hope to bring you their regular thinkings and talkings in true film-loving fashion.

In this episode, Ruairí and Donnchadh give us their latest film news, salute H.R. Giger, who died last week, catch up on films they should’ve seen but haven’t, but have now (Punch-Drunk Love & Once Upon a Time in the West) and check out some current films playing in a cinema near you –  Frank, Blue Ruin and Transcendence.

 

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Podcast: Q&A with Joshua Oppenheimer director of ‘The Act of Killing’

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In this Film Ireland podcast director Joshua Oppenheimer introduces The Act of Killing (Director’s Cut) at the Institute of Contemporary Arts on 29th June 2013,  followed by a Q&A with Oppenheimer and Liz Wood, director of DocHouse, hosted by Between The Lines.

Among many people’s best films of 2013 Oppenheimer’s documentary features Indonesian death squad killers eagerly reenacting their atrocities of the 1960s. Werner Herzog said of the film that “I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal, and frightening in at least a decade… unprecedented in the history of cinema.”

Film Ireland would like to thank the Institute of Contemporary Arts  for granting us permission to share this audio.

The Institute of Contemporary Arts  supports radical art and culture. Through a vibrant programme of exhibitions, films, events, talks and debates, the ICA challenges perceived notions and stimulates debate, experimentation, creativity and exchange with visitors.

Running Time: 1hr 18mins

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Podcast:Interview with Steven O’Riordan, director of ‘No Limbs No Limits

 

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In this Film Ireland Podcast, Steven O’Riordan chats to Lynn Larkin about his documentary ‘No Limbs No Limits’ – a story of hope and triumph over adversity, a story of how human resilience can conquer all by overcoming many obstacles to achieve what others would deem impossible.

‘No Limbs No Limits’ is released in Irish cinemas 11th April 2014.

Running Time: 10mins

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Podcast: Filmmakers Roundtable – Part II

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In Part II of this Film Ireland podcast Stephen Shields, Conor McMahon, Ciarán Foy, Conor Barry and Brendan Muldowney talk about the place of reviews, critics, bloggers and trolls in the age of social media. They also discuss how audiences consume film, pitching & marketing film, ‘Irish’ film and the Irish accent in film.

Stephen Shields is the screenwriter on RTE Storyland winner Zombie Bashers, Republic Of Telly, and Newsbag.

Conor McMahon is the director of Stitches, Dead Meat and The Braineater.

Ciarán Foy is the director and writer of Citadel.

Brendan Muldowney is the director of Savage and Love Eternal.

Conor Barry is the producer of Savage and Love Eternal and was selected as Ireland’s ‘Producer on the Move’ for this year’s Cannes International Film Festival.

 

You can listen to Part I of this podcast here, in which Stephen Shields, Conor McMahon, Ciarán Foy, Conor Barry and Brendan Muldowney talk about their paths into making films and discuss the crafts of writing, acting, editing, directing and producing.

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Podcast: Filmmakers Roundtable – Part I

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In Part I of this Film Ireland podcast Stephen Shields, Conor McMahon, Ciarán Foy, Conor Barry and Brendan Muldowney talk about their paths into making films and discuss the crafts of writing, acting, editing, directing and producing.

Stephen Shields is the screenwriter on RTE Storyland winner Zombie Bashers, Republic Of Telly, and Newsbag.

Conor McMahon is the director of Stitches, Dead Meat and The Braineater.

Ciarán Foy is the director and writer of Citadel.

Brendan Muldowney is the director of Savage and Love Eternal.

Conor Barry is the producer of Savage and Love Eternal and was selected as Ireland’s ‘Producer on the Move’ for this year’s Cannes International Film Festival.

 

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