Archive for April 6th, 2007

Forum on Actor Training

6th April 2007 by Maura McHugh

According to The Stage the outcry against the decision by Trinity College, Dublin to scrap its three-year acting degree has lead to the formation of a 14-member forum to investigate Ireland’s actor training needs.

Among the members of the forum are: Fiach MacConghail, director of the Abbey, actors Fiona Shaw and Mark Lambert, Gate Theatre director Michael Colgan, and Druid Theatre founder, and director, Garry Hynes.

Among the issues the forum has been asked to examine are:
  • How many actors should Ireland train each year, and for what sort of work?
  • What training courses are currently available and on what basis do they operate?
  • Where should actor training courses be located – inside or outside the universities?
  • Is a three-year degree course the most suitable option?
  • What relationship should training courses have with the professional theatre?
  • How should such courses best be funded – by the state, from private fees or through public/private partnership agencies?

The forum, chaired by Professor Nicholas Grene, of the university’s school of English, is expected to deliver its recommendations before the summer.

Easter Sunday Fare

6th April 2007 by Maura McHugh

IFTN report that a new TV movie based upon Maeve Binchy’s short story “Anner House” will broadcast on RTÉ One this Easter Sunday, April 8th, at 9.30pm.

It was directed by Stephen Burke, and shot on location in Cape Town in the summer of 2006. The screenwriter, Anne Marie Casey, discusses with IFTN the challenges she faced while writing this adaptation.

Scorsese busy at Cannes

6th April 2007 by Maura McHugh

From Cinematical I see that seasoned director, Martin Scorsese, will be a very busy man at the 60th Cannes Film Festival this year.

Not only will he be the festival’s guest of honour, who will present a Masterclass to young filmmakers, and hand out the Caméra d’Or in the best director category, he’s also teaming up with other directors to launch a new project: the World Cinema Foundation, which will be “devoted to the preservation and restoration of cinematic masterpieces from across the globe.”

Based on the preliminary programme that’s shaping up, as reported by Variety, it looks like this year’s festival is going to be a lively event.

Junior Workshop

6th April 2007 by Maura McHugh

RTÉ Young Peoples Programmes is searching for filmmakers from 12 to 13 years of age to apply for the One Minutes Jr Workshop on filmmaking this summer.

In conjunction with The Ark, Cultural Centre for Children and the One Minutes Foundation, RTÉ is running the workshop from 2 to 6 July in Dublin at The Ark in Temple Bar.

During the workshop participants will explore all elements of filmmaking and make their own one-minute film based on the theme of ‘Change’.

The films will be entered into the One Minutes Jr’s annual competition and will also be shown on RTÉ Two in the autumn.