Interview: Director Paddy Breathnach & Writer Mark O’Halloran of ‘Viva’

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Gemma Creagh chats to the director Paddy Breathnach and writer Mark O’Halloran of Viva which introduces us to Jesus, a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers. Jesus dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama, Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage. But when his estranged father Angel abruptly reenters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down.


You can download/listen to an audio podcast of the interview here


‘Mad Men’ writer at Dingle Film Festival

Lisa Albert, writer and producer on the TV series Mad Men, is coming to Dingle Film Festival to discuss Creative Script Writing at the Chapel in An Díseart.

Lisa Albert was born in New York City and worked briefly in publishing then began her television career in 1986. She started writing half-hour comedy, transitioned through dramedy and has spent the last several years writing drama. Her TV credits include Murphy Brown, Major Dad, Living Single, Hannah Montana and Mad Men. Lisa has won 3 Emmy Awards and A Writer’s Guild Award.

Joining Lisa on the panel to discuss the subject of script writing is her friend Marc Flanagan, winner of A Writer’s Guild Award and 2 Prime Time Emmys. Marc wrote and produced The Tracy Ullman Show and this is his third time returning to the festival. Mark O’Halloran of Adam & Paul and Garage fame will also be in attendance.

Also on the panel is Richard Scobie with his first feature script 66 Degrees North and will be joined by his producer of the script Edwina Forkin, head of Zanzibar Films.

The Dingle Film Festival is running from 17–20 March, for more details visit


Issue 120 – Film Ireland – January/February 2008 – (The Sex Issue)

Film Ireland Issue 120An overview of how Irish cinema has dealt with the erotic • Homosexuality, Trauma and the Cosmopolitan Queer • All about shooting sex with Paddy Breathnach, Lenny Abrahamson and Colm McCarthy • Film Ireland‘s Sex Survey • Irish Film Censor John Kelleher interview • The slippery question of Irish porn • Female Desire in Contemporary Irish Cinema • To do a sex scene or not to do a sex scene? Actor Pauline McLynn’s musings

DVD Reviews: The Phantom Carriage, Sicko, Shinobi, What’s Up Tiger Lily
Books: Off Screen: A Memoir by Sheamus Smith