Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Black Ice

Black Ice

The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Black Ice

Saturday, 13th July



Black Ice will race into the 25th Galway Film Fleadh this Saturday. Set in rural Ireland, and written and directed by Johnny Gogan, (Mapmaker, The Last Bus Home), the film explores relationships set against a backdrop of local street racing and tragedy.

‘It’s very fitting and exciting that The Fleadh are screening Black Ice as it was truly made possible by the budding filmmaking community in the North West’, director Johnny Gogan told Film Ireland. ‘The enthusiasm and energy of the crew is translated onto the screen, where the thrilling high-speed race sequences are vividly brought to life’.

Black Ice was shot on a variety of rural locations including Sligo’s Strandhill beach and many of the roads of Dromahair Co. Leitrim.

‘It was challenging but we hope to do it again. There’s a phenomenon in rural areas of young men in particular jumping into cars and losing the plot. This is really strong in border counties because the border roads are like No Man’s Land in terms of the law, it makes them a choice location for this wild driving’.

In the wake of a fatal boy-racer collision that took the life of her brother and his girlfriend, Alice (newcomer Jane McGrath) returns home to reflect on events that lead to the accident. Seduced by the criminal activities of her petrol boyfriend, Jimmy (Killian Scott, Love/Hate, Good Vibrations), Alice plays witness to both the attractions and perils of this Irish sub-culture.

Read Film Ireland’s full interview with Johnny Gogan here.

Tickets to see Black Ice at the Galway Film Fleadh are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777, or at


‘Build Something Modern’ at the IFI

‘Build Something Modern’


Build Something Modern, a new Irish documentary by Nicky Gogan and Paul Rowley that explores the hidden history of Ireland’s modernist architectural impact on Africa, returns to the IFI for an exclusive release on 27–31 May 2011.


Build Something Modern premiere at the IFI for the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival sold out in February and it has been selected for the internationally acclaimed Sheffield Doc/Fest this June.


Build Something Modern is a Reel Art film funded by the Arts Council. The film is directed by Nicky Gogan and Paul Rowley (Seaview, The Rooms) and produced by Maya Derrington (Pyjama Girls) with Original Concept & Research by Dr. Lisa Godson


Build Something Modern is on release exclusively at the IFI from 27th May 2011, and there’ll be a Q&A with director Nicky Gogan and consultant Lisa Godson 27th May at 7pm.


Tickets are available from the IFI Box Office, 01 679 3477 or online at




Darklight: State of The Nation

On Friday, 10th December at 9 p.m. in the Goethe Institut, 812 7th Street NW, Washington DC 20001, Darklight Festival Director Nicky Gogan has hand-picked a collection of films that she thinks reflects Ireland’s current social climate as well as the state of independent Irish film-making today.

In an interactive session that will include input from fellow producer and director, Paul Rowley, as well as a live video link up with Irish guerrilla musician (and director of Nun’s Fight Club), Declan De Barra, Nicky will lead us through her perspective on Irish cinema.

The line up consists of:

Fall directed by Paddy Jolly

Columbarium directed by Tony Kenny

Let Me Be Frank directed by Niamh Murphy

Rag Order directed by Damien O’Donnell

Old Fangs directed by Adrien Merigeau

Lady On The Rock directed by Jessie Ward

Gravity Loop directed by Paul Rowley & David Phillips

Musicvideo directed by Tu Me Tues

Take ‘Em Up directed by Eoghan Kidney

Untitled Revolution directed by Istvan Laszlo

Nuns Fight Club directed by Declan De Barra

Excerpt from One Hundred Mornings directed by Conor Horgan

Excerpt from His & Hers directed by Ken Wardrop

Divestment directed by Paul Rowley & Nicky Gogan

Rialto Twirlers directed by Annmaree Barry

For more details click here



Nicky Gogan and Maya Derrington

As part of Film Ireland‘s coverage of Still Films week at the IFI, in this podcast Ross Whitaker talks to the makers of the feature documentary Pyjama Girls, director Maya Derrington and producer Nicky Gogan.

Pyjama Girls opens exclusively at the IFI on Friday 2oth August coinciding with the Still Films Season.

The filmmakers discuss their inspiration, funding sources, their festival strategies and the challenges involved in structuring a feature length documentary.

This is a podcast of approximately 31 minutes duration.