Watch: ‘Mary Boyle: The Untold Story’


Gemma O’Doherty, an investigative journalist from Dublin, has made a documentary about Ireland’s longest and youngest missing person, Mary Boyle : The Untold Story. Speaking to Film Ireland, Gemma says:


“I was Chief Features Writer and a multi award-winning journalist at the Irish Independent where I worked for 17 years. Following my investigation into the Fr Niall Molloy murder, which led to the reopening of the case, and my coverage of the penalty points scandal, I was fired from my job in April 2013. I took three legal actions against INM and won.


At the time of my firing, I was working with many bereaved citizens whose loved ones had been murdered and who were alleging garda cover-up in the investigations. One of the cases was that of Mary Boyle, Ireland’s longest and youngest missing citizen who was murdered after following her uncle across fields in March 1977. She was six at the time and her remains have never been found.


I have just released my first documentary online called Mary Boyle: The Untold Story. It is self-funded, has had more than 155k views in a month and has won several awards. I chose to show it on YouTube so it could reach the widest possible audience and also because there is little appetite for stories of this nature in the Irish mainstream media. However the case has been gaining traction internationally with The Guardian and other foreign publications writing about it.


I am really keen to have the film screened in as many locations in Ireland as possible so people can learn about the case.



On The Reel: Angela Lansbury at ADIFF


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.



Video: Brooklyn Premiere


Lynn Larkin is on the red carpet at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin for Film Ireland and #FilmMe for the Irish premiere of Brooklyn.

Lynn chats to actor Saoirse Ronan (Eilis), director John Crowley, actor Jenn Murray (Dolores), actor Jane Brennan (Mary Lacey), screenwriter Nick Hornby, novelist Colm Tóibín, and producer Finola Dwyer.

Along the way Lynn partakes in a bit of Bono-spotting.



Video: Getting Into Screenwriting, Part 1



Screenwriter Danny Stack kicks off his four-part video series, Getting Into Screenwriting, by explaining how he started, building your portfolio, his two top tips for reading scripts, and the importance of professional feedback.


Danny Stack has been a screenwriter/consultant since 2001. His television writing credits include EastEnders, Doctors and high-profile children’s shows such as Octonauts, Fleabag Monkeyface, Roy, and the new Thunderbirds for CiTV. Danny also writes/directs (his supernatural thriller, Origin, won Best Horror at the London Independent Film Festival 2012), and he has co-written/directed the live-action children’s film Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? with Tim Clague.
Danny blogs at


voicesonfilm 5: Barr on Hitchcock


voicesonfilm is an Open Access, co-curated videographic research initiative designed to record, format and share significant voices in the history and development of the medium and its study. With its intimate conversations, voicesonfilm brings you the history of filmmaking and analysis. Using direct interviews with filmmakers, historians and analysts, voicesonfilm offers the viewer the unique privilege of personal insight, comment, knowledge and memoir.


In this episode, film scholar Professor Charles Barr discusses the continued significance of Alfred Hitchcock.