Archive for February, 2007

February Arts Council Newsletter

28th February 2007 by Maura McHugh

The February edition of the Arts Council’s Newsletter is online, with information about the latest Local partnership scheme 2007, and news about funding schemes around the country.

BBC Trust approves Freesat

28th February 2007 by Maura McHugh

The BBC Trust has backed plans to create a non-subscription satellite version of its Freeview digital television service in the UK, which will be called Freesat.

The Beeb news service reports:

The BBC’s governing body said the non-subscription Freesat would benefit homes with poor terrestrial reception.

And it recommended a launch before analogue TV transmissions were switched off, a process which begins next year.

There will now be a 28-day consultation to gauge opinion on the BBC’s proposals before they formally get the go-ahead.

It was hoped that as well as BBC channels, “a wide range of other services would also be accessible”, the trust said, adding that other organisations could be involved as partners in the venture.

The BBC and ITV announced plans to launch Freesat in September 2005.

Polish cinema in Sligo

27th February 2007 by Maura McHugh

From the Film Ireland web site I spotted that the Model Arts and Niland Gallery in Sligo is holding a Polish Avant-Garde Film Festival in association with the Lodz Film School, in Poland.

Running from 3 – 10 March 2007, the festival will show films spanning the long history of Polish cinema, and will be accompanied by discussions with students from The Polish Film School, and curators Adam Klimczak and Alicja Chicowicz. All-inclusive festival tickets are a steal at 10 euros, and special day tickets cost 5 euros each.

Carney at the MoMa next month

26th February 2007 by Maura McHugh

According to IFTN John Carney’s film, Once (2006), will be shown in the Museum of Modern Art in New York next month.

It will be part of MoMa’s annual New Directors showcase, and Carney’s film will air alongside a selection of the best emerging international director/writers, such as Andrea Arnold’s Red Road (Great Britain/Denmark), Paul Auster’s The Inner Life of Martin Frost (Portugal/USA), Peter Schønau Fog’s The Art of Crying (Denmark), Jean-Pascal Hattu’s 7 Years (France), and Julia Loktev’s Day Night Day Night (USA).

Jordan to direct New Line fantasy

26th February 2007 by Maura McHugh

From The Guardian on Friday I noticed that Irish director Neil Jordan is slated to direct a new supernatural period film for New Line. Called Killing on Carnival Row it’s is set in a fictional town of Burgue in Victorian England where faeries, vampires and other mythological creatures live with humans. A human detective must discover the identity of a serial killer before he is charged with the crime.

Jordan is also co-writing the script with Travis Beacham.