JDIFF 2013: The Look of Love

Gordon Gaffney on The Look of Love, which screened as part of the 11th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (14-24 February 2013).

The Look of Love

Thursday, 21st  February

The Look of Love sees Steve Coogan team up with director Michael Winterbottom for the first time since 24 Hour Party People in 2002.  It tells the story of Paul Raymond “The King of Soho” who opened Britain’s first strip club and went onto become Britain’s richest man in the early 90s.  If This is 40 is the sorta sequel to Knocked Up then The Look of Love is the sorta half-sibling of 24 Hour Party People.


Coogan again plays a charismatic impresario, and the film beautifully evokes the swinging 60s, the glamorous 70s and heady 80s much like the Madchester indie/dance music scene of the 80’s and 90s in 24 Hour Party People. The script from Matt Greenhalgh, while sometimes witty, doesn’t explain as much about Raymond’s motivation and background to the events portrayed which makes the narrative less gripping than 24 Hour Party People. The latter also had the benefit of Coogan’s voiceover explaining important characters and events as they appeared on screen.


Coogan is excellent as Raymond, a selfish, charismatic, emotionally distant, successful businessman whose cruel treatment of his family seemed eerily similar to Apple’s Steve Jobs. He is helped by a solid supporting cast in particular Imogen Poots as his troubled daughter Debbie and a host of cameos from some of Britain and Ireland’s best known stars.


A sometimes inspirational but tragic story which captures the decadence of the man’s life and may well lead to plenty of NSFW Googling to learn more. Ideal family viewing for those as dysfunctionally liberal as the Raymonds.

Gordon Gaffney

JDIFF 2013: Jump


Lynn Larkin takes a look at Jump, which screened as part of the 11th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (14-24 February 2013).


Tue, 19th February
Light House 1
82 mins

Jump opens with some beautiful colourful shots of Derry, which are accompanied by the VO of our main character Greta (Nichola Burley). She is battling deep depression surrounding her life due to the people closest to her. This black comedy tackles the very serious issue of suicide, while maintaining the story’s entertainment factor.

The backdrop for Jump is Derry and it’s New Year’s Eve. Just like the title, the story jumps and intertwines three stories throughout the film.

Standing on top of the stunningly shot Derry Peace Bridge is ‘our’ Greta deciding if she can muster up the courage to bungee off minus the cord but with her makeshift wings in tow. Her concentration is distracted when her knight in torn and blood-stained armour shows up in the form of Pearse Kelly (Martin McCann). However, this damsel is in no mood to be rescued. The two exchange heated words to find they share a common interest. Their hatred for local gangster Frank Feeney (Lalor Roddy), who just happens to be Greta’s father. The two set off into the night with a creative adventure in mind.

The film’s fast-paced tempo keeps you locked in the story from start to finish. Some of the secondary characters could have featured a little more. Good-time players Marie and Dara’s one-liners and unusual scenarios the pair find themselves in throughout the course of the night are hilarious.

The passionate UK-born director Kieron J. Walsh spoke after the screening with a small Q&A. The inspiration for Jump came to him after he heard that someone he admired and looked up to mention that ‘A story always needs a beginning, middle and end. However, not exactly in that order.’

This really sums up what Walsh did with this movie, making it a fresh and pleasant watch. He spoke about why he chose Derry, not only for its beautifully magnetic Derry Peace Bridge; but since everyone in Derry dresses up in costume for all major events, not just at Halloween, it was the obvious choice.

Jump is endearing and enchanting; words I didn’t think I’d use to describe a dark comic crime thriller that tackles the topic of suicide… but there you go; life’s full of surprises, just like the movie.

Take a leap of faith and Jump, it’s a free-fall extravaganza.

Lynn Larkin


JDIFF 2013: Preview – The Frames: In the Deep Shade

The 11th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (14-24 February 2013)

The Frames: In the Deep Shade

Sun, 17th February
Cineworld 9
87 mins

Director Conor Masterson will attend the screening.

Filmmaker Conor Masterson worked closely with the band over 18 months, beginning on their 20th anniversary tour in 2010.

‘The Frames have always been very positive collaborators. I felt this was an opportunity to make a film that could explore their creativity as people and musicians as well as capturing some of their very dynamic and exciting live performances in close up.’

Book tickets here or drop into Filmbase


JDIFF 2013: Preview – The Good Man

The 11th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (14-24 February 2013)

The Good Man

Sat, 16th February
Cineworld 11


Phil Harrison’s film tells the stories of two seemingly unrelated lives. Michael is a young Irish banker, whose life begins to unravel after causing a stranger’s death in an accident. Sifiso is a teenager living in a shack in a Cape Town township, dreaming of escape. When their stories unexpectedly collide, their impact on one another’s lives is far greater, and more surprising, than either could have imagined.

Starring Aidan Gillen The Good Man is a powerful investigation of the nature of goodness.

Phil Harrison will attend the screening.

Book tickets here or drop into the Festival Hub in Filmbase in Temple Bar.


JDIFF 2013: Story Campus DAY TWO Sunday, Feb 17th

If you have a feature film project:

Apply now for DAY TWO of Story Campus to be one of twenty filmmakers (writers/directors/producers) selected to advance your feature film project by participating in a day of round table meetings with experienced industry guests as part of Story Campus development activities.

DAY TWO of Story Campus will provide training, help clarify your challenges and strategies, and put you in front of the kind of industry professionals who can help.  To apply for a place please go to www.storycampus.com or email the following documents to contact@storycampus.com by 10.00 GMT February 4th  with STORY CAMPUS JDIFF in the subject line.


  •  A synopsis — up to one page — of feature film (fiction) project to be presented.
  • CV
  • Letter of application including status of project, any team members attached and full contact details.


While narrative feature film projects of all budgets are welcome we encourage low / micro budget projects to apply.


For for more information go to:




“Story Campus is a travelling conversation on the nature and future of storytelling for the screen. After a sold-out first year, Story Campus returns to Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2013 with a two day programme of activities on 16th and 17th February, in association with Screen Training Ireland, The National Film School IADT, and MEDIA Desk.”





Please note: DAY ONE of Story Campus on Sat Feb 16th (separate event):

This year’s event will include a keynote conversation with Oscar-wining screenwriter Robert Towne (Chinatown, The Last Detail, Mission Impossible), and online discussions with David Magee (Life of Pi, Finding Neverland) and writer/director Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness, Europa Europa, The Wire) – in addition to panel discussions, etc.


Shortlist Announced For IFB / JDIFF ‘Untitled’ Screenwriting Award Competition


Shortlist Announced For IFB / JDIFF ‘Untitled’ Screenwriting Award Competition

Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board (IFB) and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) are delighted to announce the shortlist for the third UNTITLED public screenwriting competition. The competition invited writers to submit an idea for a live action or animated feature film within the genre of Family Films, for the chance to win an IFB Screenplay Development Loan of up to €16,000.

The shortlisted entrants are:

George Kane – A Sleigh In A Manger
Nick Wilkinson – Icarus O’Neil’s Rising Dilemma
Emma Hogan – Snöt and Gröt (animation)
Eoin Rogers – The Cloud Giant (animation)
Lee Cronin – Arthouse

The five shortlisted writers will present the first few scenes of their script to an independent panel of industry professionals, in a unique public event during the 2013 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. The winner will be announced at the Festival Closing Night.

Now in its third year, the UNTITLED Competition has had an overwhelming response to date with previous themes of comedy in 2011 and last year’s 1916. The inaugural year of the event saw the writing duo of Enda Loughman and Mike Ahern take home the prize of a €16,000 loan towards the development of their comedy screenplay The Bogman King. Michael Kinirons and Jamie Hannigan scooped an award of €16,000 last year with their 1916 noir thriller Come Monday, We Kill Them All.

Further details on the public pitching event and industry panel members will be announced shortly.


Call For: JDIFF seeks Interim General Manager




The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival seeks to appoint an Interim General Manager on a 9-month contract to work with the existing artistic and executive team to effectively deliver the 11th Festival in February 2013.

Expressions of interest to be submitted to The Chairman of the board to arrive by close of business on Friday, 10th August 2012, by post to:

The Chairman
Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
22/23 Dawson Street
Dublin 2

Further details on the position are available on application to The Chairman, by email to:



JDIFF: Terence McDonald

Terence McDonald

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

Irish: Terence McDonald

Wednesday, 21st February, 6:30pm, IFI

A teacher by trade, prolific Derry amateur filmmaker Terence McDonald (1926-2001) shot over 35 films in his lifetime. For this low-key JDIFF screening, Terence’s son, Peter, shared with us, not only about his father’s varied and skillful shorts but also about what a passionate, talented cinefile he was and pillar in the local community.

It was a privilege to experience this intimate screening as I was only one of a handful at the IFI’s tiny screen. Introduced by IFI curator, Sunniva O’Flynn, Peter spoke about the first three films and what they meant to him and his family.

First of the bunch was A City Solitary (30 minutes, 1963). Produced by Terence McDonald, this reflection onDerry’s history and problems was written by a 26-year-old John Hume. Sympathetic – yet ultimately hopeful ­- this masterfully crafted documentary features contributions from both sides of the sectarian divide. Peter informed us how when people had asked him for the cut footage, they were left disappointed as Terence had edited shots in his head to save on the cost of film.

The Man From Aunt (5 minutes, 1965) is a hilarious and homely slapstick, where Terence featured actors from the local Derry community. This was an homage to early comedy, specifically the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy. Nebelung (11 minutes, 1978), an internationally successful, mutli-award-winning ‘experimental’ film, was considerably darker. Peter shared his suspicions that this may not have been the arthouse parody that his father claimed it to have been. This was shot on two Sunday afternoons, with one of the teachers from his school and a lot of the young students.

The next of the three was The Fugitive (5 minutes, 1966), a short funny piece. Much like The Man From Aunt, this showed the local community in pursuit of a runaway pram as it rolls down the hills of Derry.

The evening concluded with The Portable Theatre (25 minutes, 1968), before which Peter spoke about how this was commissioned by the McCormick Family, the last ‘fit-up’ travelling show in Ulster. Documenting a tradition that was obliterated by TV and Film, this was previously scheduled to screen on RTÉ. Unfortunately it was pulled after an Apollo crashed, as it featured a lighthearted song with the lyrics ‘you’ll never put a man on the moon.’

Truly a great experience, this surprise gem of a screening turned out to be my favourite of the festival!

Gemma Creagh

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