Want to Work Abroad? Panel Discussion for Filmmakers

 

Join Film Ireland & InConversation for a live podcast recording at Filmbase at 2pm on Thursday, 7th December. All welcome. Free admission.

Ever thought about working abroad? Whether that’s the UK, the USA or anywhere else, this will be a practical and detailed discussion about the legalities and logistics involved in moving to another country for the purposes of your career.

Sam Lucas Smith will be joined by Birch Hamilton, executive director the Screen Director’s Guild of Ireland, and Rachel Rath, founder of the Artist Green Card Guide to answer your questions and address various visa issues and options for filmmakers and actors who wish to work in the United States. Though US immigration will be a key aspect, we will also discuss opportunities for entertainment professionals in other countries as well as important points relating to the Irish industry.

Rachel Rath is a US-based Irish actress and the founder of the Artist’s Green Card Guide, which offers information and guidance for actors and filmmakers looking to apply for an O-1 visa or EB-1 category Green Card.

Birch Hamilton is the executive director of the Screen Director’s Guild of Ireland, which represents Irish Screen Directors and serves to promote their work on a national and international scale.

Sam Lucas Smith brings his experience as an Irish actor who has worked between the UK, Ireland and the United States. Sam is currently petitioning for a green card as an “artist of extraordinary ability” and he will be sharing what he has learned throughout the process.

The podcast will be recorded in front of a live audience on the 7th of Dec at Filmbase, Temple Bar.

If you would like to submit a question email sam@actorstuff.com

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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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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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InConversation Live Podcast: Diversity in the Irish Film Industry

 

Film Ireland‘s InConversation presents a live podcast recording at Filmbase on Monday, 3rd July 2017 at 6.30 pm. All are welcome. 

This live podcast will explore diversity in the Irish Film Community, with regards representation of various viewpoints and backgrounds. The discussion will focus on how our film industry, can extend working and training opportunities across the social spectrum, thus tackling the obstacles at grass roots level. The speakers include the actor/writer John Connors (Love/Hate, Cardboard Gangsters), actor/writer Amanda Doherty (Poppi + Gonzo), and writer Mary Duffin (All About Eva).

The event will be moderated by actor/writer Sam Lucas Smith (Imperfect Sky) and the audio will be recorded to be broadcast from the Film Ireland website.

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John Connors is an actor, screen writer, filmmaker and activist from Coolock, North Dublin. He’s also a part of the travelling community. He studied in the Abbey School of Acting. His first role was in Mark O’Connor’s 2011 film King of the Travellers. His most notable acting role to date was playing Patrick Ward in the award-winning RTÉ crime drama Love/Hate, for which he received a 2014 IFTA nomination. He has worked in over 20 film, television and documentary productions. John can currently be seen in cinemas in Cardboard Gangsters, which he co-wrote with Mark O’Connor.

 

Amanda Doherty is an actor, artist, and activist from Derry City, Ireland. Reviewed as both “an actor of tremendous depth, subtlety, and animal physicality” and “one of Ireland’s foremost young actors”, Amanda trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London, and Lucid Body House, New York, before studying for an MA in Film at Queen’s University, Belfast. She has worked for stage and screen for several years.

Amanda is currently in development for her solo show ‘Hear Much//Say Little’; a project which she initially started work on while representing Ireland at the Biennial of Emerging Artists, Romania, which has since had a work-in-progress showing in Stockholm and is due to tour in early 2018.

Amanda’s previous solo work includes ‘Inheritance’; premiered in Derry City, ‘Inheritance’ examines and challenges inter-generational PTSD in post-conflict Northern Ireland. The work was a final nominee for the Digital Culture Award at the Digital Awards of Northern Ireland, a nominee for Backstage Magazine’s United Solo Audience Award in the U.S.A. and winner of the Festival Spirit Award at the Stockholm Fringe, 2015-proudly supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Culture Ireland, and the Irish Ambassador of Sweden.

Amanda has also recently completed post-production on her first film, Poppi + Gonzo, a neorealist short which challenges abortion laws in Ireland, highlighting specifically how working class and homeless women are affected by this issue.

 

Mary Duffin is a dramatist who is passionate about drama & story in all its forms. Her varied work ranges from street to stage to screen. In street theatre, Mary is an experienced director, performer, choreographer & event manager for both private companies and community projects.

On stage, Mary is an actor, writer, director and, most importantly, a Theatre Of The Oppressed & group-work expert. She has vast experience of issue-based theatre for social, community & personal development. Mary has taught in NUIM & designed and delivered a course for City of Galway VEC & NUIG.

For screen, Mary received first class honours in her MA in Scriptwriting from IADT and received the National Film School/ Irish Playwright’s & Screenwriter’s Guild Award for Screenwriting and is currently a board member of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland. She was nominated for the 2015 JDIFF Cine TALENT Award for co-writing the feature film All About Eva.

Mary was also one of the founding members of the Waking The Feminists movement and was part of the research team that produced the Gender Counts report that was launched just recently.

Sam Lucas Smith is a BA Hons graduate of the MMU School of Theatre. He went on to train under the mentorship of leading directors, including Kirsten Sheridan and Lance Daly as part of the Bow Street Screen Acting Programme and he recently graduated from Dublin’s IADT National Film School with an MA in Screenwriting. He has further experience in improvisation and comedy, having trained at the renowned Upright Citizen’s Brigade theatre in LA and the Soho Theatre comedy school in London.

Sam’s previous film and television credits include Vikings and numerous Irish and BBC drama productions. He was awarded Best Supporting Actor at the Sydney International Film Festival for his work as Abel in the Imperative Pictures feature Imperfect Sky and his upcoming work includes the Irish thriller feature film Killers Within and he will be seen as James in the Filmbase feature film Writing Home.

 

Film Ireland provides both practical and academic coverage of Irish filmmaking.

Filmbase is a not-for-profit resource centre for filmmakers supported by the Arts Council.

 

 

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InConversation with Michael Lavelle – Part II

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This episode of InConversation features the second part of our conversation with Michael Lavelle ISC. Michael is a graduate of the National Film School of Ireland and an award-winning writer, director and cinematographer. He won the World Cinematography Award for Documentary at Sundance 2010 for His and Hers, his debut feature documentary as a DOP. The Sundance jurors singled out the cinematography “for its Vermeer like qualities and formal restraint in conveying the power of ordinary emotional lives”.

He was also the DOP on the multi-award winning short film Undressing My Mother, which screened at Cannes, was highly commended at Sundance and went on to win the European Academy Award for Best Short Film in 2005.Patrick’s Day, his first dramatic feature as DOP, received its world premiere at SXSW2014. The film went on to win Best Feature at Galway Film Fleadh and Best Film at Woodstock Film Festival where Michael was also awarded the prestigious Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography. In granting the award Wexler, two-time Oscar award-winning DOP (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf) noted:”This award is based on what I consider true cinematography, not just on the traditional dexterity. He has that. Michael Lavelle’s work on Patrick’s Day shows a profound understanding of the story and his ability to employ DOP skills such as framing, lighting and camera movement is subtle in unselfconscious ways to subliminally involve the viewer…I give this award enthusiastically to an exceptional, talented filmmaker, Michael Lavelle.” – Haskell Wexler A.S.C.

In 2015, Michael was nominated for an IFTA for Best Cinematography for his work on the film. From the Dark, his second dramatic feature as DOP and producer, was selected in competition at Fantastic Fest 2014 and Siches 2015. He recently completed principal photography as cinematographer on The Truth Commissioner and the Little Grey Fergie feature trilogy. He has just completed principal photography his eighth feature film as a DOP, the urban crime drama Cardboard Gangsters and has worked as 2nd Unit Cinematographer on 6 additional features.

He has recently been invited to become a full member of the Irish Society of Cinematographers.

Michael also works extensively as a writer/director. He wrote and directed the highly acclaimed short film Out of the Blue, described as boasting “excellent performances, vivid production design and an economy of story-telling that mark the director as a talent to look out for in the future”. The film won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at Cork Film Festival, Best Short at London Independent Film Festival, Best Short Comedy at Toronto Independent Film Festival and the Golden Djed at Luxor Film Festival.

In 2011 he was nominated for the Berlinale Today Award for Mummy’s Little Helper, which he wrote and directed. In 2012, he wrote and directed the short film Cluck, which was nominated for an IFTA.

His debut feature screenplay 6 Hours won the Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild Award for Screenwriting at the National Film School where he did an MA in Screenwriting. The film is in development with Samson Films. Michael is attached to direct. In 2012 he attended the Binger Director’s Film Lab with the project. He was also selected for Guiding Lights, the UK film industry’s most prestigious mentoring program, and was mentored by Lone Scherfig (‘An Education’).

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InConversation with Michael Lavelle – Part I

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This episode of InConversation features Michael Lavelle ISC, a graduate of the National Film School of Ireland and an award-winning writer, director and cinematographer. He won the World Cinematography Award for Documentary at Sundance 2010 for His and Hers, his debut feature documentary as a DOP. The Sundance jurors singled out the cinematography “for its Vermeer like qualities and formal restraint in conveying the power of ordinary emotional lives”.

He was also the DOP on the multi-award winning short film Undressing My Mother, which screened at Cannes, was highly commended at Sundance and went on to win the European Academy Award for Best Short Film in 2005. Patrick’s Day, his first dramatic feature as DOP, received its world premiere at SXSW2014. The film went on to win Best Feature at Galway Film Fleadh and Best Film at Woodstock Film Festival where Michael was also awarded the prestigious Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography. In granting the award Wexler, two-time Oscar award-winning DOP (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf) noted:”This award is based on what I consider true cinematography, not just on the traditional dexterity. He has that. Michael Lavelle’s work on Patrick’s Day shows a profound understanding of the story and his ability to employ DOP skills such as framing, lighting and camera movement is subtle in unselfconscious ways to subliminally involve the viewer…I give this award enthusiastically to an exceptional, talented filmmaker, Michael Lavelle.” – Haskell Wexler A.S.C.

In 2015, Michael was nominated for an IFTA for Best Cinematography for his work on the film. From the Dark, his second dramatic feature as DOP and producer, was selected in competition at Fantastic Fest 2014 and Siches 2015. He recently completed principal photography as cinematographer on The Truth Commissioner and the Little Grey Fergie feature trilogy. He has just completed principal photography his eighth feature film as a DOP, the urban crime drama Cardboard Gangsters and has worked as 2nd Unit Cinematographer on 6 additional features.

He has recently been invited to become a full member of the Irish Society of Cinematographers.

Michael also works extensively as a writer/director. He wrote and directed the highly acclaimed short film Out of the Blue, described as boasting “excellent performances, vivid production design and an economy of story-telling that mark the director as a talent to look out for in the future”. The film won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at Cork Film Festival, Best Short at London Independent Film Festival, Best Short Comedy at Toronto Independent Film Festival and the Golden Djed at Luxor Film Festival.

In 2011 he was nominated for the Berlinale Today Award for Mummy’s Little Helper, which he wrote and directed. In 2012, he wrote and directed the short film Cluck, which was nominated for an IFTA.

His debut feature screenplay 6 Hours won the Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild Award for Screenwriting at the National Film School where he did an MA in Screenwriting. The film is in development with Samson Films. Michael is attached to direct. In 2012 he attended the Binger Director’s Film Lab with the project. He was also selected for Guiding Lights, the UK film industry’s most prestigious mentoring program, and was mentored by Lone Scherfig (‘An Education’).

To view samples of Michael’s work please visit:
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InConversation with Tom Hall

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This episode of InConversation features Tom Hall. Tom is a Dublin-born writer and director, who, in 1995, co-founded High Hat Productions with fellow filmmmaker, John Carney, with whom he co-wrote and co-directed November Afternoon and co-directed Park. He was the writer, director and co-creator of Bachelors Walk, the IFTA award-winning comedy/drama series. In 2010, Tom wrote and directed Sensation, a film inspired by reports of a farmer’s home-run brothel. Tom has recently directed episodes of the TV series Trivia and Red Rock.

 

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InConversation with Ross Whitaker

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In this episode of InConversation, we speak to Ross Whitaker, writer, producer and documentary filmmaker.

Ross Whitaker’s first feature film, the self-funded Saviours (2008), was selected for theatrical release in Ireland and acclaimed as one of the “100 Best Irish Films of All Time” (Sunday Times).

Ross’ award-winning short documentaries include Bye Bye Now (2009) and Home Turf (2011) and he has been involved in many successful TV projects, including the the epic television documentary Blind Man Walking and the Prime Time political documentary The Bailout.

Most recently, Ross’ film Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story enjoyed a successful Irish release in 2014 and is being released in the UK.

Ross is currently working on his latest film – a year in the life of a seaside town, Lahinch, on Ireland’s wild Atlantic coast.

 

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InConversation with Aonghus Og McAnally

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In this episode of InConversation we speak with Aonghus Og McAnally, actor and Artistic Director of Rise Productions. This conversation was recorded a year ago. Since then Aonghus has toured nationally with a remount of The Games People Play, the second instalment of Rise’s ‘Dynasty and Destiny Trilogy’. Rise will premiere the final part of that trilogy- At the Ford- as part of this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival.

 

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InConversation with Mark Gaster & Brian O’Neill

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This episode of InConversation features Mark Gaster (second from left) and Brian O’Neill (second from right), two of the three co-directors of How to be Happy (along with Michael Rob Costine pictured far left). The feature film is written by award winning writer/director, Conor Horgan (One Hundred Mornings) and stars Brian Gleeson, pictured far right. The development of the script was a collaborative effort between Conor and the students of the Filmbase/Staffordshire University MSc Digital Feature Film Production Course.

 

How to be Happy is available to buy now in all HMV and XtraVision stores

 

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InConversation with Grainne Humphries

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This episode of InConversation features Grainne Humphries, Festival Director of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival since 2007.

 

The 2015 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival takes place 19 – 29 March.

 

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InConversation with Nick Ryan

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This episode of InConversation features Nick Ryan, a producer and writer/director, whose work includes the award-winning documentary The Summit. Nick is currently working on 6 Days of the Rising, based on the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.


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InConversation Live at IFI

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The IFI hosts a live recording of InConversation this week on 8th January at 2.pm featuring a roundtable discussion about the internet’s impact on the film industry and cinema, from sourcing new talent and building a personal creative profile to raising funds and attracting audiences.  

A panel of industry workers will attend including Alan Fitzpatrick (Managing Director of Filmbase) and Marie Caffrey (Director of web series Cuckoo).

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InConversation with Shimmy Marcus

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This episode of InConversation features writer, editor, producer and director Shimmy Marcus, whose work to date includes the feature films Headrush and Soulboy, alongside a number of short films, and documentaries.

 

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InConversation with Emer Reynolds

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This episode of InConversation features Emer Reynolds, writer, director and IFTA-winning film editor. Emer has won IFTAs for Timbuktu (2003), her work on the opening series of Channel 4’s groundbreaking Shameless (2004) and My Brothers (2011). Emer’s other feature credits include The Good Doctor, The Eclipse, The Actors, Small Engine Repair, and I Went Down. Most recently, Emer has worked on Terry McMahon’s Patrick’s Day and Aoife Kelleher’s One Million Dubliners.

Notable documentaries include The Asylum, Today is Better Than Two Tomorrows and We Went to War. Emer has written and directed four short films: Slumber, Man, The Widow’s Son and White, and directed the RTÉ drama 6 part-series Trouble in Paradise. Here Was Cuba was her documentary directorial debut.

 

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InConversation with Joseph Conlan

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This episode of InConversation features composer Joseph Conlan. His film scores range from dark psychological thrillers to romantic comedies, from conventional orchestral arrangements to electronic and more experimental instrumentation.

Among the notable film directors with whom Joseph has collaborated are Tobe Hooper (Toolbox Murders), John Badham (Obsessed), Gregg Champion (The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn) and Thomas Bezucha (Big Eden). His most significant television series are NCIS, Simon & Simon, Tour of Duty and The Equalizer. Joe has received Emmy nominations for Miracle Run (Mary-Louise Parker, Zack Efron) and Mortal Sins (Christopher Reeve) and won both the Undgerground Film Festival for Best Score for No Justice and the Rome International Film Festival for Best Song for Finding Home (Genevieve Bujold, Louise Fletcher). Joseph recently composed the score for Graham Cantwell’s The Callback Queen.

 

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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.
 


 

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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.

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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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