Archive for May 28th, 2007

Children’s TV is Toxic?

28th May 2007

The Guardian reports on tirade about the state of programming for children on television from critically-acclaimed writer Philip Pullman. Pullman is the author of many children’s books, including the Dark Materials trilogy, which are being filmed.

Pullman castigated broadcasters for sacrificing high-quality programmes in favour of those that yield more marketing opportunities. ‘Children are regarded by broadcasters as a marketing opportunity at best, a dangerous and feral threat at worst, and an expensive nuisance otherwise,’ Pullman said. ‘This social poison goes much deeper than broadcasting, of course, but it’s particularly visible there. …

Pullman went on to say that fiction loses its value unless it ‘tackles the great moral dilemmas of our time’. ‘Fantasy, and fiction in general, is failing to do what it might be doing,’ he said. ‘It has unlimited potential to explore all sorts of metaphysical and moral questions, but it is not doing that.

‘You can’t leave morality out unless your work is so stupid and trivial and so worthless that nobody would want to read it anyway.

Garage wins at Cannes

28th May 2007

RTÉ reports that Garage, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and written by Mark O’Halloran, has won the CICAE Art and Essai Cinema Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

CICAE is the International Confederation of Art House Cinemas and the jury is made up of representatives of its members.

Commenting on ‘Garage’s win, director Lenny Abrahamson said: “I am totally delighted with this award coming after such a fantastic reception for the film at Cannes. It’s the best possible launch for its journey around the world.”

Mark O’Halloran is a member of the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild, and the Guild offers him its heartfelt congratulations.

The Palme d’Or was presented to writer/director Cristian Mungiu for 4 Luni, 3 Saptamani Si 2 Zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days).

The runner up Grand Prix went to Naomi Kawase for Mogari No Mori (The Mourning Forest), which she wrote and directed.

The Best Director award went to Julian Schnabel for Le Scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) which was written by Ronald Harwood, based on a novel by Jean-Dominique Bauby.

German-Turkish writer and director Fatih Akin won the Best Screenplay award for Yasamin kiyisinda (The Edge of Heaven).