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Film Ireland Podcast
52 minutes | 16 days ago
Cork International Film Festival Roundtable
In this Film Ireland podcast, Gemma Creagh talks to 3 filmmakers, David Prendeville (Sins of a Werewolf), Edwina Casey (Algorithm) and Maureen O’Connell (Hum), about their short films screening at this year’s Cork International Film Festival. The short films are available to watch on the online Virtual Festival platform from 9 – 15 November 2020. http://filmireland.net/2020/11/08/podcast-cork-international-film-festival-roundtable/ https://corkfilmfest.org/
32 minutes | 20 days ago
Podcast: Interview with Anna Kopecká, Cork Film Festival Director of Programming
In this Film Ireland podcast, Gemma Creagh chats to Anna Kopecká, Director of Programming at the Cork International Film Festival. The festival runs online this year and Anna gives us an inside look into the Ireland's oldest film festival. http://filmireland.net/2020/11/05/podcast-interview-with-anna-kopecka-cork-film-festival-director-of-programming/
40 minutes | a month ago
Interview with Artist and Filmmaker Andrea Mastrovito
In this Film Ireland podcast, June Butler talks to artist and filmmaker Andrea Mastrovito, whose new work of horror film-art I am NOT legend, screens as part of the 2020 Bram Stoker Festival. http://filmireland.net/2020/10/28/podcast-interview-with-artist-and-filmmaker-andrea-mastrovito/
32 minutes | a month ago
Interview with Vivienne Dick, Director of 'New York Our Time'
In this Film Ireland podcast (recorded earlier this year) Gemma Creagh talks to the internationally-celebrated filmmaker and artist Vivienne Dick about her latest film 'New York Our Time', an intimate and philosophical documentary that contrasts the concerns of present day living in New York with the bohemian wildness of the city in the late '70s, reflected through the lives of artists, musicians and friends of the filmmaker. 'New York Our Time' premiered at the Dublin International Film Festival 2020 and can be live streamed from Friday, 16th as part of the Kerry Film Festival. http://filmireland.net/
40 minutes | 2 months ago
Interview with Producer John Wallace
In this Film Ireland podcast, Gemma Creagh talks to producer John Wallace, co-founder of Cowtown Pictures with Alan Maher. Earlier this year John was selected as Ireland’s Producer on the Move for the EFP (European Film Promotion) networking programme, which usually takes place at the Cannes Film Festival but this year took place online. His latest film, Rialto, was released in cinemas on 2nd October 2020. http://filmireland.net/
41 minutes | 2 months ago
Interview with Peter Mackie Burns, Director of 'Rialto'
In this Film Ireland podcast, Gemma Creagh talks to Peter Mackie Burns, the Director of Rialto, which is released across Irish cinemas on October 2nd and in Dublin Cinemas from October 10th once cinemas re-open. In the wake of his father’s death, Colm (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) must come to terms with his actions and find the resolve to halt the crumbing facade of his home, his family, and everything he has built. Rialto is released in Irish cinemas 2nd October and in Dublin 10th October 2020.
34 minutes | 2 months ago
Director Daniel Holmes & Producer Matthew Toman of 'Street Leagues'
In this Film Ireland Podcast, Gemma Creagh talks to Director Daniel Holmes & Producer Matthew Toman about their film Street Leagues, which tells the inspiring story of the Irish Homeless Street Leagues – where homeless people and recovering addicts use the power of sport to regain their self-worth and reclaim their lives. In cinemas from 25th September 2020. http://filmireland.net/
40 minutes | 2 months ago
Wayne Byrne on Film Writing
In this podcast, Paul Farren talks to Irish journalist, film historian and author Wayne Byrne about the craft of writing about film. From his early days reviewing films for the Leinster Leader, through writing his first book, Include Me Out: The Cinema of Tom DiCillo, to working on his latest project on the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, Wayne reflects on his journey to date and how he approaches writing about film and why he does it. http://filmireland.net/
28 minutes | 5 months ago
Director Phil Sheerin and Writer David Turpin of 'The Winter Lake'
In this Film Ireland podcast director Phil Sheerin and writer David Turpin chat to Gemma Creagh ahead of the premiere of their atmospheric drama at the Galway Film Fleadh. With nowhere else to go, Tom (Anson Boon) and his mother, Elaine (Charlie Murphy), return to her childhood home in Ireland. While exploring, Tom makes a disturbing discovery in the nearby seasonal lake that forces him into a troubling personal dilemma. After meeting the father (Michael McElhatton) and daughter (Emma Mackey), from the neighbouring farm, their complex web of secrets and lies are revealed to pull Tom and Elaine into a violent confrontation with the darkest parts of human nature. Cast: Anson Boon, Charlie Murphy, Michael McElhatton, Emma Mackey, Mark McKenna The Winter Lake screens at https://www.galwayfilmfleadh.com/ from Friday, 10th July at 9:00 PM. Followed by Q + A with cast and crew.
24 minutes | 5 months ago
Will Fitzgerald, Galway Film Fleadh Programme Director
In this Film Ireland podcast Gemma Creagh talks to Will Fitzgerald, the Galway Film Fleadh Programme Director ahead of this year's festival about the challenges he faced moving the festival online and what Irish films are on offer this year.
48 minutes | 5 months ago
Imogen Murphy, Director of 'Dead Still'
In this Film Ireland podcast, Director Imogen Murphy talks to Natasha Waugh about ‘Dead Still’. Set in 1880s Ireland in the Victorian era heyday of ‘postmortem photography’, this six-episode period drama follows renowned memorial photographer Brock Blennerhasset played by Michael Smiley (Luther). When a series of murders threatens to sully Brock’s reputation, a tenacious detective drags him into an investigation of Dublin’s criminal underbelly. Dead Still is directed and co-created by Imogen Murphy. Dead Still is currently streaming in the US and Canada on Acorn TV and is released in the UK, Australia and New Zealand on 29th June. Imogen Murphy is an award-winning Irish director. Her TV credits include Cant Cope Wont Cope, Red Rock and Holllyoaks. Her short film Cry Rosa was nominated for a Royal Television Society award and an IFTA award. Most recently she was lead director and co-story writer on Dead Still www.imogenmurphy.com http://filmireland.net/
46 minutes | 5 months ago
Steven Berkoff, 'Tell Tale Heart'
In this Film Ireland podcast, Paul Farren talks to Steven Berkoff about his feature film adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe chiller The Tell-Tale Heart Staying faithful to Poe’s original short story of 1843, the film is a spine-chilling retelling of the dizzying tale of Edmund (Berkoff), a solitary figure who endeavours to convince the viewer of his sanity, whilst describing a murder he has committed. Haunted by the still beating heart of the dismembered body of his victim which he has hidden under the floorboards and under investigation by the police, the unhinged killer finally gives himself away driven mad by the sounds inside his head. Tell Tale Heart is available on DVD from 11th June 2020 and on various digital platforms including Amazon, Apple TV and Google Play. Directed by Stephen Cookson. Adapted by Steven Berkoff and Stephen Cookson from a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. Starring Steven Berkoff, Henry Goodman, Dudley Sutton.
42 minutes | 6 months ago
David Freyne, Writer / Director of ‘Dating Amber’
In this Film Ireland podcast, Gemma Creagh talks to David Freyne about his latest film Dating Amber. Set-in Ireland during the mid-90’s, Eddie and Amber decide to stage a relationship in order to stop everyone speculating about their sexuality. Eddie is keen to follow his Dad into the military, while Amber dreams of moving to the liberal hub of London. However, their ‘ideal’ arrangement begins to fall apart, forcing Eddie deeper into denial as Amber realises that a perilous future awaits her best friend unless she intervenes. Dating Amber is available on Amazon Prime Video from 4th June in Ireland & the UK. http://filmireland.net/
34 minutes | 6 months ago
Antonia Campbell Hughes, Writer / Director of 'Acre Fall Between'
In this Film Ireland podcast, Gemma Creagh talks to Antonia Campbell Hughes about her short film Acre Fall Between. On a desolate Northern Ireland border, a man (Mark O’Hallor an) begins a desperate search for his family, knowing the future he feared is nigh. Acre Fall Between features in The Uncertain Kingdom – the groundbreaking anthology of 20 short films released on demand on 1st June on BFI Player, Curzon Home Cinema, iTunes, & GooglePlay. Climate change, migration, disability, homelessness and sexuality are just some of the subjects explored in The Uncertain Kingdom, a ground-breaking anthology of 20 short films from twenty directors that together offer a unique snapshot of the UK in 2020. From comedies and dramas, through documentaries and experimental pieces, made by a mix of established names and new talent, the collection reflects the state of our nation as seen by the 20 filmmaking teams behind them. Find out more at https://theuncertainkingdom.co.uk http://filmireland.net/
19 minutes | 6 months ago
Nick McLean, Cinematographer
In this Film Ireland podcast, Paul Farren talks to Nick McLean, one of the most acclaimed camera operators in American cinema, during which time he shot many classics including McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Heaven Can Wait, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Deer Hunter, Marathon Man, Being There and The Goonies and television shows including Evening Shade, Cybill, and Friends. http://filmireland.net/ Nick is the subject of a book by Irish film journalist and author Wayne Byrne, co-written with McLean himself, which takes readers on an entertaining journey through five decades of Hollywood filmmaking.
36 minutes | 6 months ago
Keith Walsh, Director of 'When All is Ruin Once Again'
In this Film Ireland podcast, Gemma Creagh talks to Keith Walsh about When All is Ruin Once Again, a film about rural life in the midst of great local, national and global change. When All is Ruin Once Again was filmed over a 7 year period amongst the communities of Gort in South Galway and Crusheen in Co. Clare where the filmmakers live. A new motorway ploughs forth through the landscape, a glaring symbol of our modern age. The film weaves an expansive tapestry of reflections from bog-lands, fire-sides, race tracks and hurling pitches;all while the country is hit by the worst economic crisis it has ever faced and the realisation that we are living unsustainably slowly dawns. W.B Yeats, who lived and wrote in the area where the film is set, provides the title’s prophetic words and prompts us to consider the value of memory and the impermanence of our existence. All is in flux. The mis-use of our natural resources percolates beneath the surface and rises up in the form of rising flood-waters. The proliferation of a landscape shaped by man suggests that it won’t betime that ends our civilisation, as Yeats suggests, but the actions of humans. By the filmmakers who made the critically acclaimed Apples of the Golan and featuring the haunting music of Caoimhín Ó Ragalliagh, this film exists somewhere between classic ethnography, abstract poetry and a clarion call for the age we live in. When All is Ruin Once Again is available on demand. http://filmireland.net/
49 minutes | 7 months ago
Anna Rodgers, Directer of 'When Women Won'
Photo credit: Derek Speirs In this Film Ireland podcast Gemma Creagh talks to Anna Rodgers whose documentary When Women Won screened at this year’s Dublin International Film Festival. When Women Won tells the emotional inside story of the Together for Yes campaign to repeal the 8th amendment and change Irish society forever. In the aftermath of the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar, three Irish feminists joined forces and set about establishing a grassroots, women-led social movement. Working with teams in every county in Ireland, they ultimately delivered a landslide victory. Compelling and insightful, this documentary brings you back to the highs and lows of the tumultuous campaign, and captures the most seismic shift in Irish society in the past 35 years. Anna also talks about Creative Kids, a documentary inspired by the roll-out of Creative Schools, focussing on creativity and the Arts in primary and secondary schools all around Ireland. Creative Kids broadcasts on Sunday, 3rd of May, RTE One, 6.30pm
41 minutes | 7 months ago
Nick Rowland, Director of 'Calm with Horses'
In this Film Ireland podcast, Gemma Creagh talks to director Nick Rowland about his feature debut, adapted by Joe Murtagh from Colin Barrett's novella Young Skins. Ex-boxer Douglas ‘Arm’ Armstrong (Cosmo Jarvis) is the faithful and violent right-hand-man to the drug-dealing Devers clan, ready to dole out beatings at the whim of his best friend, and the family’s unpredictable protégé, Dympna (Barry Keoghan). Arm’s struggle to find his place in the world has consequences on his relationship with his ex-girlfriend Ursula (Niamh Algar) as she strives to find a better life for herself and their young son Jack. http://filmireland.net/
44 minutes | 7 months ago
Podcast: Neasa Hardiman, Writer / Director of 'Sea Fever'
In this podcast Natasha Waugh talks to BAFTA-winning writer and director Neasa Hardiman about her debut feature Sea Fever. For marine biology student Siobhan, it was supposed to be a research excursion with a trawler crew fishing the West Irish seas. But when they hit an unseen object and become marooned, a mysterious parasite infects their water supply. Soon the oozing force infiltrates the entire vessel and turns Siobhan’s journey into a claustrophobic fight for survival. Can they stop the mysterious water borne parasite from spreading before it’s too late? Sea Fever is available on VOD platforms from Friday, 24th April. Amongst the discussion Matasha and Neasa discuss: -her intention behind the film -reflecting transnationalism -the film inhabiting both a cinema of political meaning and a cinema of spectacle -the conflict between magical thinking and the scientific method -the ethics of contagion -probing the cliches of scientists in cinema -the lead character Siobhan owning her own agency -the development process -telling stories about underrepresented communities -shooting on a trawler -the influence of film studies -the cultural influence and politics of film -working in television -unconscious bias and fixing it http://filmireland.net/
21 minutes | 7 months ago
Lenny Abrahamson, Director of 'Normal People'
In this podcast Natasha Waugh talks to director Lenny Abrahamson about his work on the BBC series Normal People. Adapted by Sally Rooney from her acclaimed 2018 novel alongside writers Alice Birch and Mark O’Rowe, Normal People is a 12-part drama for BBC Three in partnership with Hulu. It will star Daisy Edgar-Jones (War Of The Worlds, Cold Feet) as Marianne and Paul Mescal in his first television role as Connell, in an exquisite and compulsive modern love story about how two people can profoundly impact each others’ lives. Lenny Abrahamson directs episodes 1 – 6. Hettie Macdonald directs episodes 7 – 12. Normal People will land as a complete boxset on BBC Three on Sunday, 26th April . It will also air on BBC One from Monday, 27th April at 9pm with weekly double episodes. Normal People will air on RTE One on Tuesday, 28th April . Normal People consists of 12 episodes, with each episode half an hour long. http://filmireland.net/
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