WFT Ireland Podcast: In Conversation with Director Aisling Walsh

 

Women In Film and Television Ireland recently presented In Conversation with director Aisling Walsh as part of their Masterclass series. They have given us kind permission to podcast the audio of the conversation, which has been edited. We also include WIFT Ireland’s own filming of the event.

Aisling Walsh’s Maudie is currently in Irish cinemas.

 

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WFT Ireland: In Conversation with director Aisling Walsh (Part 1)

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WFT Ireland: In Conversation with director Aisling Walsh (Part 2)

 

Women in Film and Television Ireland is a voluntary body run by film and TV professionals of international standing, representing the creative, business and technical divisions of the Irish audiovisual sector. Women in Film and Television Ireland promote greater representation of women on screen and behind the camera. Our aim is to ensure that the Irish film and television industry functions as a meritocratic, sustainable and successful force into the future.

 

 

 

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Podcast: Innovators – Women in Film and Television Ireland

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Women in Film and Television Ireland (WFT.I) in collaboration with the U.S Embassy of Ireland, presented their October event Innovators with a particular emphasis on creative, business and technological innovations in an ever-changing media landscape.

Madeline Di Nonno, the Chief Executive Officer of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, introduced GD-IQ, a tool that employs video-and audio-recognition technology, along with algorithms, to identify gender, speaking time and additional details about characters presented in films, television shows and other media. Madeline used GD-IQ to analyse 2 Irish films, Brooklyn and Room.

The software, called the Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient (or GD-IQ),  speeds up and automates the painstaking data-collection process that researchers use to study representation, a key initiative in recent years as the entertainment industry has begun to focus on equity onscreen.

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Madeline Di Nonno’s presentation was followed by a panel discussion where she was joined by EMMY award-winning director Dearbhla Walsh, Jennie Stacey, Director of Development at Brown Bag Films, and moderated by acclaimed Irish actor, Ger Ryan. The panel came together to talk about the technical and creative innovations they are witnessing in their fields and the issues facing the media industry, particularly in film and television.

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Innovators took place on Saturday, 22 October 2016 at the Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin

 

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WFT.I Podcast: Julie Ryan, Producer of ‘The Young Offenders’

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Brought to you by Women in Film and Television Ireland and Film Ireland, this podcast features producer Julie Ryan talking to Sarah Griffin about her career to date and her work on The Young Offenders.

Julie is an international producer having produced the short film Take a Seat (Official selection for the Hollywood Film Festival and Palm Springs International Shortfest), Blood and Water (Best narrative at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood & Official selection for the Action on Film International Film Festival at Los Angeles). She has worked on numerous TV shows in Ireland, Canada and the US including Showrunners the Documentary, which debuted No.1 on the iTunes documentary chart in the US.

The Young Offenders is out in cinemas from 16th September and has the widest release of any Irish film so far this year.

 

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Podcast: Women in Film and Television Ireland @ Galway Film Fleadh

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‘A Stronger Voice for Women’ Panel Discussion

‘A Stronger Voice for Women’ event in association with the Galway Film Fleadh features a dynamic panel discussion on creating a stronger voice for women in Film and Television when writing, casting and auditioning.

Panelists included international and Irish talent: screenwriter Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You), casting supremo Louise Kiely (Ella Enchanted, Sing Street), screenwriter, playwright and actor Stefanie Preissner, whose six-part comedy-drama series, Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope was recently shot in Dublin and actor Seána Kerslake, who stars in upcoming feature A Date for Mad Mary.

Seána Kerslake

Actor Seána Kerslake who participated in WFT Irelands’ A Stronger Voice For Women at the Galway Film Fleadh, talks to us about her background, process and recent roles.

Seána most recently filmed the lead role of Aisling in the forthcoming RTÉ drama series Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope directed by Cathy Brady and written by Stefanie Preissner. Other projects due for release this year include Darren Thornton’s forthcoming feature film, A Date for Mad Mary in which she plays the lead. Seána trained with the Screen Acting Programme at The Factory in Dublin (now Bow Street Academy), and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music & English from NUI Maynooth.

Louise Kiely

Listen here to our interview with leading casting director Louise Kiely following her contribution to WFT Ireland’s ‘A Stronger Voice For Women’ at the Galway Film Fleadh. She gives great insights into the casting process and advice for aspiring actors.

Louise and her team cast film, television and commercials. Recent credits include Sing Street (Dir: John Carney for Cosmo Films), A Dark Song (Dir: Liam Gavin for Samson Films), A Date for Mad Mary (Dir: Darren Thornton for Element Pictures Distribution), Handsome Devil (Dir: John Butler for Treasure Entertainment) and Redwater (BBC One and Element Pictures Distribution).

 

A Stronger Voice for Women took place on Saturday, 9th July 2016 as part of the Galway Film Fleadh

 

Women in Film and Television Ireland

“Women in Film and Television International is a voluntary foundation promoting greater representation of women on screen and behind the camera, with a membership of over thirteen thousand professionals worldwide.

Women in Film and Television Ireland is a branch of Women in Film and Television International. The Irish branch is a voluntary body run by film and TV professionals of international standing. Our committee members represent the creative, business and technical divisions of the Irish audiovisual sector. We are all internationally credited and the recipients of industry-recognized awards. Our intention in creating this organization is to ensure that the film and television industry functions as a meritocratic, sustainable and successful force into the future.”

 

 

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Podcast Interview: Rachel Lysaght, Women In Film and Television Ireland & Dr. Jennifer O’Meara, Feminist Film Festival

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In this podcast, Gemma Creagh chats to Rachel Lysaght about the recently launched Irish branch of Women In Film & Television, and Dr. Jennifer O’Meara (Maynooth University) about the Feminist Film Festival, which takes place 30 October – 01 November in Dublin.

 

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