Archive for October 1st, 2007

DruidSynge on DVD

1st October 2007

According to IFTN a new DVD financed by RTÉ, The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, Culture Ireland, The Irish Film Board and The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon will be launched in Dublin today.

The DVD, entitled ‘DruidSynge: The Plays of John Millington Synge’, features all six of Synge’s plays as performed by Druid: ‘The Playboy of the Western World’, ‘The Tinker’s Wedding’, ‘Well of the Saints’, ‘Riders to the Sea’, ‘Deirdre of the Sorrows’ and ‘The Shadow of the Glen’.

In addition to the six plays, the DVD contains two documentaries: ‘Mighty Talk: A Journey with DruidSynge’ – an access-all-areas documentary following the rehearsal and production process of putting the project on stage, and ‘Playboy and Rebels’ which commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of the first ever performance of ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ in January 1907.

The DVD also features director Garry Hynes and world-leading Synge expert, Ann Saddlemyer, in conversation about DruidSynge and the impact of Synge generally which was recorded at the Synge Summer School in Wicklow in July 2007.

Contract Deadline Looms

1st October 2007

The New York Times reports that with just a month to go before screenwriting contracts in the USA expire the Writers Guild of America West and the Writers Guild of America East have been examining the option of striking in November, when some scripts will still be in development.

As many as three-quarters of those pictures — including projects as prominent as “The Justice League of America” at Warner Brothers and “Another Night,” the proposed sequel to “Night at the Museum,” at 20th Century Fox — appear not to have final scripts.

The question at hand is whether writers, in the event no deal is reached, can inflict maximum damage on their bargaining opponents by striking immediately rather than continuing to work and letting the studios add those films to their strike stockpile.

Negotiators for the guilds and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents studios and networks, are scheduled to meet again on Thursday. Guild negotiators could ask their 12,000 members for strike authorization in advance of the contract’s expiration. And they appear to be gathering information that would support a call for a walkout in November, rather than later, when the Screen Actors Guild and the Directors Guild of America will also be in talks.