The Actors’ Room: Geraldine McAlinden

In this episode of The Actors’ Room, Lynn Larkin chats to Geraldine McAlinden. Originally from County Armagh, Geraldine trained originally as a solicitor and worked in the UK and Ireland.

She trained and worked part-time as an actor and director for theatre until 2012 when she left law to take up a place in the first one year Screen Acting programme run by the Factory now Bow Street Academy. During that time she trained with Kirsten Sheridan, Shimmy Marcus, Lance Daly and Maureen Hughes during the one year Screen Acting Programme in The Factory (now Bow Street) and with the Gaiety School of Acting and the Focus Theatre. She is a member of The Actor’s Studio in Bow Street.


Film credits include the features The Secret Scripture, The Truth Commissioner, How to be Happy, ANTON and Portrait of a Zombie (Winner of the 2013 Underground Film Festival’s Best Independent Feature award). Geraldine’s performance in Portrait of a Zombie led to her being long listed for an IFTA for Best Actress in a leading role in a feature film in 2013.

Geraldine’s TV acting credits include the IFTA winning Red Rock and Cumann na mBan 100 as well as Scup and RTE’s children’s show Spooky Stakeout.

Geraldine’s recent theatre credits include One Day by Dick Walsh, Remember to Breathe (Dublin Fringe 2015), Friendly Fire, Mary Stuart, Beyond Therapy!, Philidelphia Here I come!, and various characters in the longplay improv Spoonfed (Dublin Fringe 2005).

Geraldine’s directing credits include the plays Orphans, The New York Monologues and The Cripple of Inishmaan and the short film Helmets and Thorny Island.

Her writing credits include the tiny play Knowing (which was published and produced by  Fishamble’s Tiny Plays for Ireland) and the short films The Crack and Any Given Night (which she co-wrote).

Her film production credits include Enough (selected for screening at the 2015 Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival).

Geraldine is one of the two founding members of Alchemy 8 Productions whose production of Orphans was highlighted as one of the theatre highlights in Dublin for 2015. Geraldine can be seen soon in the new season of Striking Out   on Rte and in the upcoming feature films Zoo, Dark lies the island and Black 47.

Currently she can be seen playing Jennifer in the web-series Fix Me by Tom Moran.



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The Actors’ Room: Eddie Jackson


In this episode of The Actors’ Room, Lynn Larkin is joined by Eddie Jackson.

Eddie’s most recent credits include the feature film Red Room, directed by Stephen Gaffney, Game of Thrones (‘Battle of the Bastards’ and ‘Book of the Stranger’), directed by Miguel Sapochnick, Riegn (TV Show) and Ripper Street (TV Show). He is also currently shooting Acceptable Risk, a six-part series.


Eddie studied theatre studies at Inchicore College and later completed the Dublin Acting Class with Terry McMahon. His other film and television credits include Vikings (T.V.) J.A.M (Short), Gold (Feature), Justlikeabitch (Short), Dog Eat Dog (Short), Proclaim (Short), Bridge Station (Short), Promised Land (Short), Windows (Short), The Last Frame (Short) and The Light of Day (Feature).


Eddie also appeared in the short films A House of Cards and Normal, written and produced with fellow actor Mark McCabe. Both films had successful festival runs with Normal most notably being selected for the Cork Film Festival. Normal won Best Screenplay at The Underground Film Festival and was also nominated for best film, with Eddie also being nominated for best actor.


He directed the short Lennon v McCartney, starring Seamus Brennan and Ruaidhri Conroy in 2015, which was based on the play by the same name, written by Stephen Kennedy.





Eddie Jackson features on an Actor’s Panel hosted by Lynn Larkin at this year’s DubWebFest, joined by Aiobheann McCaul (Fair City), Tony Kelly (The Hurler)  and Karen Healy (Pondering Media). The actors will discuss their experiences, future projects and the changing nature of traditional TV versus online TV.The Actors Panel takes place at Filmbase on Friday, 18th November at 7pm 

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The Actors’ Room: Maureen O’Connell


In this episode of The Actors’ Room, Lynn Larkin is joined by Maureen O’Connell.

Maureen has a Higher National Diploma in Film Production from Ballyfermot College & a BA in Acting from RADA, London.


Maureen has over 10 years experience as an actor & filmmaker. She has many theatre and tv credits to her name, most notably, ‘Mary’ in Juno & the Paycock alongside Niamh Cusack, and ‘Oonagh’ in BBC 1’s Father Brown alongside Mark Williams and James Fleet.


She has written and directed 3 short films, the most recent of which Proclaim! has just won the Best 1916 Centenary Short Film Award at Fingal Film Festival and Best Script at the Dublin International Short Film & Music Festival.


Maureen also teaches Acting at Filmbase.


Maureen is currently directing her first feature film.



Interview: Stephen McCormack, Co-Founder Mediacon Global TV Summit


Lynn Larkin talked to Stephen McCormack Co-Founder of Mediacon Global TV Summit ahead of the 2016 MediaCon Global Entertainment Summit, which aims to position Ireland as a creative hub for global content. The Summit runs from 13 – 14 September at City Hall and the Parliament Street area in Dublin.

This is your second year of Mediacon, what’s the thinking behind having an event like this in Ireland now.

I think the opportunity globally for content is exploding. I was at a talk recently where Shane Smith, co-founder and CEO of media company Vice, said that when millennials get more buying power they’re buying more screens. I would add that when they get the screens they connect, communicate and consume. The consume part of that is all about content. We’ve gone from a situation where there was one screen in the house to now when you have 5 or 6 screens. The sheer explosion of content is a huge opportunity.

Ireland is perfectly positioned to take advantage of this. While we punch above our weight in film and animation we don’t do as well in the business of Television and Digital Entertainment. So I think it’s time to join the dots and become a global creative hub for visual storytelling across all platforms. What we’re doing is bringing the best around the world to listen, talk to and learn from. And then we want to get all the stakeholders from the local industry, such as the Broadcast Authority of Ireland, RTÉ, Enterprise Ireland, Virgin Media, the Irish Film Board  and bring them all together. A bit like what Denmark did when it reinvigorated its drama sector, create a nationwide content strategy and promote home-grown content.


This year the event is two days – what can we expect?

This year we’re able to do a lot more extra programming, with workshops, masterclasses and business meetings. To be honest, we could actually do 5 days!


You touched earlier on the recent success of Danish drama. What is it you think we can learn from them?

From talking to people involved, the thing that came up time and time again was joined-up thinking –  a way of thinking  in synchronisation with all the people involved in the creative sector. I think it’s fair to say in Ireland we’re not great at doing that. We all tend to work in our own little empires. If you look at other sectors,  like software and tech start-ups, a few years ago they started joined-up thinking and it has worked.

We want to take all the state agencies that are involved in creative storytelling and make them have a joined-up coherent strategy. We want to take all the private companies and bodies involved and have them have joined-up thinking, and people like Enterprise Ireland and IDA have to join up their thinking. If we say we’re going to make this a 3 or 4 billion dollar industry we’re going to have all think about that and apply the same target approach.

We’ve probably pumped in the region of half a billion to a billion a year of financing into content – but we sell very little of it internationally. We’ve got to rethink how this works.


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The Actors’ Room: Susan Barrett



In this episode of The Actors’ Room, Lynn Larkin is joined by Susan Barrett.

Susan trained as an actor in Dublin before moving to London to pursue her training further. Returning to Ireland in 2010, she has worked in both theatre and film, featuring in a number of short films, including Engraved (2014), which she also wrote and produced.

In 2015, Susan made her feature debut in The Hit Producer directed by Kevin de la Isla O’Neill.  


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The Actors’ Room: John Connors

John Connors


In this episode of The Actors’ Room, Lynn Larkin is joined by John Connors. John is an actor and writer, whose features include King of the Travellers, Stalker and Monged. John will also feature in Jim Sheridan’s upcoming film, The Secret Scripture, and Mark O’Connor’s Cardboard Gangsters, which he co-wrote with Mark. John’s television work includes Love/Hate, Charlie and Rebellion.


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The Actors’ Room: Glenn Keogh



Film Ireland are delighted to be launching The Actors’ Room, a new series of podcasts featuring conversations with actors. To kick off the series, Glenn Keogh dropped in for a chat with Lynn Larkin to give us the insight on working in LA.

Glenn has been living and working in LA for the past 9 years, picking up roles on a number of high-profile TV series, including Castle, Criminal Minds, Undercovers, Days of Our Lives, Ray Donovan, Sons of Anarchy, Once Upon a Time, Scorpion and New Girl. Glenn’s feature film credits include working alongside fellow Irish actor Jack Reynor in Transformers: Age of Extinction.


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