Archive for October 15th, 2007

Foy Wins Short Film Award

15th October 2007

The winner of the 2007 Diversions Short Film Award has been announced as “The Faeries of Blackheath Woods”, which was written and directed by Ciarán Foy. The Award is organised by Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT) as part of the Diversions Festival, Temple Bar’s free outdoor festival.

Ciarán has won a €5000 cash prize from TBCT and studio time at Filmbase worth an additional €5000. According to Ciarán, “Needless to say I’m truly delighted to win. Now I can finally afford another print! Diversions is a unique festival and there’s a fantastic buzz seeing your film on an outdoor screen with a public audience. People seem to really respond to this little horror film and that’s really the biggest compliment,”

The Faeries of Blackheath Woods, is Ciarán’s first film since graduating from the National Film School of Ireland. The film, shot on the Powerscourt Estate, follows a young girl’s bewitching encounter with faeries and discovery that they are not as sweet and kind as folklore would depict.

Alan Fitzpatrick of Filmbase commented, “In The Faeries of Blackheath Woods director, Ciarán Foy, set out to create an ambitious piece of short cinema. The result is a stunningly well realised and artistically crafted film which delights, enchants and surprises in equal measure. Ciarán displayed real talent and technical accomplishment in Faeries, marking himself as a director to watch in the future.” 12 films were short-listed for the award and were screened at the famous Meeting House Square, preceding the Jameson Movies on the Square presentation.

The Archers Online

15th October 2007

The Stage notes that the BBC Radio 4 long-running drama, The Archers, is now available as a podcast from the BBC web site.

The new service follows on from the success The Archers has had with listeners accessing it on the internet. Around a million people currently use the Corporation’s online listen again service each month to catch the latest developments.

Radio 4 controller Mark Damazer said: “The Archers’ audience has already demonstrated that it loves the chance to listen to the goings on in Ambridge in its own time. Now The Archers meets podcasting – a marriage, or civil partnership, between one of Radio 4’s longest-lasting hits and new technology.”