Archive for August, 2007

Hiatus

23rd August 2007 by Maura McHugh

Due to vacation the blog will be on hiatus until mid-September.

Come back next month for regular supplies of news and information about the film, radio, television and theatre industry.

Montreal WC

23rd August 2007 by Maura McHugh

Liam O’Mochain, a guild member, and writer and director, has informed us that his second feature film WC has been selected to screen at the 2007 Montreal World Film Festival (August 23rd – September 3rd). It will feature in the focus on world cinema section of the festival. O’Mochain says on hearing the news “I was delighted, Montreal is a great festival, with a particular strong emphasis on world cinema. It will be a great international platform for the film”. WC received its world Premiere at the 2007 Dublin International Film Festival in February, where it sold out. It also screened in July at the 2007 Galway Film Fleadh in the WILDCARDS strand.

WC is a quirky drama set in and around the toilets of a Dublin Jazz bar, it follows a day and in the life of two toilet attendants, Jack (Liam O’Mochain – The Book That Wrote Itself), an Irish guy who has recently been released from prison and Katya (Julia Wakeham – The Tudors), a Russian girl who has come to Ireland to find a better life. As Jack and Katya deal with argumentative customers, an interfering bar manager and an inept thief, they find an unlikely friendship with one another in the last place one would expect – the toilets. Described by the director as a “social drama”, the film examines topical issues like racism, social integration, sex trafficking and low paid workers in a every day setting. In making WC O’Mochain has drawn inspiration from the films of Mike Leigh, Ken Loach and Michael Winterbottom.

Hallam in Dublin

15th August 2007 by Maura McHugh

On August 19 at 6.20pm the IFI in Temple Bar, Dublin will screen a preview of Hallam Foe, the new film by Scottish director David Mackenzie, which he co-wrote with Ed Whitmore based on a Peter Jinks novel.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with David Mackenzie conducted by Michael Dwyer of the Irish Times.

Regional Support Increases

15th August 2007 by Maura McHugh

According to IFTN the Irish Film Board (IFB) has increased its Regional Support Fund by 100% to encourage film and television production outside of Dublin.

The Fund’s 2:1 spend requirement means that in order to attain the €250,000 award, the production must spend over €500,000 on costs such as cast, crew, local goods and services, location and post-production, in the designated region.

Farce Wins

14th August 2007 by Maura McHugh

RTE reports that The Walworth Farce, a play written by Enda Walsh and directed by Mikel Murfi for the Druid Theatre Company, has won a Fringe First award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.