Out Now: Film Ireland: The Winter Issue 2012 – Issue 143

Cover image: Woody Harrelson and Colin Farrell in Seven Psychopaths

A beautiful sight. We’re happy tonight.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland.

The latest issue of Film Ireland is out now and it’s packed tighter than Santa’s Bag. We’ve got more Oscar® material than Katharine Hepburn. So make sure there’s a copy is under your tree this Christmas…

Seven Psychopaths
Scott Townsend talks to writer/director Martin McDonagh about his upcoming film, Seven Psychopaths.

Jason O’Mahony meets the talented Saoirse Ronan to chat about her already impressive list of acting credits, and her upcoming film, Byzantium.

The Good Man
Steven Galvin catches up with filmmaker Phil Harrison to find out more about his thought-provoking debut feature.

Folk Tale
Steven Galvin chats to director Tony Donoghue, whose breathtaking new short Irish Folk Furniture is an animated documentary about repairing and recycling old hand-painted furniture in rural Ireland.

Talking TV Drama 2012
Shane Perez reports from the Galway Film Centre’s two-day TV writing industry event.

Production Values
Barbara Galavan, chief executive of Screen Producers Ireland (SPI), talks to Film Ireland about the challenges facing the Irish film industry

In Stitches
A killer clown returns from the dead to exact revenge. Where does a director like Conor McMahon get his inspiration? Gordon Gaffney gets all the gory details.

Great Dane
This November, the SUBTITLE European Film Festival is casting a spotlight on Simon Staho, so Niamh Creely took the opportunity to ask this extraordinary filmmaker a few burning questions

Doing It for Themselves
With self-distribution becoming more widespread, Film Ireland talks to three Irish filmmakers who made the decision to release their own film.

Stuffing the Tiger
Donald Taylor Black tells Film Ireland about the process of making his latest documentary, Skin in the Game.

In Camera
Darklight Festival 2012 welcomed celebrated Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Seamus McGarvey as their special guest. McGarvey took part in an in-depth discussion with filmmaker Kieron J. Walsh (Jump) and Film Ireland’s Steven Galvin brings us highlights from that fascinating and entertaining talk

In the DollHouse
Kirsten Sheridan talks to Steven Galvin about her approach to writing and her feature Dollhouse, which is screening at the Cork film fest.

Sounding Off
Eilis Mernagh argues that low-budget, high-concept is the way to go to make successful movies in a recession


Plus all the usual Regulars, including:

Up Close – with Gabriel Byrne plus Magnus Martin (Jackpot) on ‘My Inspiration’.
Your Updates – all the latest Irish film news.
Spotlight – Men at Lunch. Seán Ó Cualáin’s documentary.
On Set – a report from the set of the latest Die Hard film.
ShortSpace – the latest ShortSpace short film news,
Reviews Grabbers, My Brothers, Dreamtime Revisited, Shadow Dancer, What Richard Did, Seven Psychopaths
Festival – all the latest festival reports & previews.
Filmbase News – all the latest from Filmbase.
Equipment – the Canon EOS C300
MEDIA Desk – MEDIA Diary


Get into Film! – Get into Film Ireland!


Out Now: Film Ireland: The Autumn Issue 2012 – Issue 142

Issue 142


In the immortal words of Kool & the Gang: ‘Celebrate good times, come on.’

In this issue we celebrate this year’s Galway Film Fleadh with a host of features celebrating the many new Irish films that are set to screen at the Fleadh. We also celebrate the fact that Film Ireland has now been in print for 25 years! Yes, it’s our birthday. And we mark the occasion in this issue with a look back over 25 years of the magazine providing some fascinating snapshots of Irish film history.  

‘So bring your good times. And your laughter too’
and enjoy another mighty issue of Film Ireland. Available now just for you…

In this issue, we feature:

Good Vibes

Paul Webster talks to directors Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn about recreating the ’70s Belfast punk scene in their new film, Good Vibrations.

Song for Amy

Steven Galvin catches up with director Konrad Begg as he prepares for his new film’s premiere at this year’s Fleadh.

A Dangerous Documentary

Ross Whitaker talks to Paul Duane about his latest documentary Very Extremely Dangerous.

Pilgrim Hill

Niamh Creely talks to Gerard Barrett about his debut feature, which is set in his home county, Kerry, and due to screen at this year’s Fleadh.

All The Elements

Ross Whitaker talks with Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures about their current success and their plans for the future

Yes we McCann

Gemma Creagh chats with Belfast actor Martin McCann about being Bono, his buddies and his role in James Marsh’s Shadow Dancer, which closes this year’s Fleadh.


Martin Cusack reports from Ireland’s first symposium on the legendary filmmaker John Ford.

Sundance London 2012

Emmet O’Brien reports from the inaugural Sundance London Film and Music Festival.

25 Years of Film Ireland

We celebrate our birthday by taking a look over the last 25 years

Sound of Silence
Niamh Creely talks to director Pat Collins about his film, Silence, which is screening at this year’s Fleadh.

Life through a Lens

Steven Galvin talks to Ciarán Tanham, president of the Irish  Society of Cinematographers (ISC), about his recent project, A Kiss for Jed.

The Write Stuff

Claire Dix has written and directed two award-winning short films. After recently winning the Zebbie for Best Short Film Script for her short film Downpour,  Steven Galvin caught up with her to find out about her approach to writing.

Sounding Off

Mark O’Connor lays out his vision for a new cinematic movement in Ireland.


And all our Regulars, including

Up Close – with John Ford, plus Ian Palmer on ‘My Inspiration’.

Your Updates – all the latest Irish film news.

On Set – a report from the set of Black Ice.

Spotlight – on Norah McGettigan’s Sanctuary.

ReviewsCharlie Casanova, Barbaric Genius, A Kiss for Jed, John Ford: Dreaming The Quiet Man.

Festivasl – all the latest festival reports & previews.

ShortSpace – the latest ShortSpace short film news, plus Neil O’Driscoll on ‘How I Short’.

Filmbase News – ll the latest from Filmbase.

MEDIA Desk – news & dates to keep in your MEDIA Diary.

 Equipment – we take a look at Final Cut X.

Get into Film! – Get into Film Ireland!