Archive for April, 2008

Lanois Masterclass

30th April 2008 by Maura McHugh


FÁS Screentraining Ireland is organising a masterclass with director, producer, and singer-songwriter Daniel Lanois on Saturday the 31st of May, 2008.

Called “the most important record producer to emerge in the Eighties” by Rolling Stone, Daniel Lanois has garnered praise for his work with U2, Peter Gabriel, and Bob Dylan. Like his sometime collaborator Brian Eno, Lanois has shown a flair for delicate, atmospheric touches, both in producing material for other musicians and in his own projects as a composer and recording artist. Stressing emotional vibrancy over the technical aspects of making albums, Lanois has recorded in such unlikely settings as castles and dairy barns in his efforts to elicit honest, spontaneous performances. The results of this visceral approach have ranged from the soaring intensity of his Grammy-winning coproduction (with Eno) of U2’s The Joshua Tree to the moody, understated passion of Lanois’ solo efforts.

He has worked in the film industry as a producer and composer working on Dune (1984), Birdy (1984), Last of the Mohicans (1992), Sling Blade (1996), and Sweet Angel Mine (1996) before underscoring Million Dollar Hotel (2000), and the 2006 Pixies documentary LoudQUIETloud. He has had original master recordings featured in numerous film and TV soundtracks including Philadephia, Trainspotting, Sopranos, and The Jacket.

The day will begin at 12pm with a screening of Lanois’ documentary, Here Is What Is, followed by the masterclass with Lanois, and it will cost €50.

Daniel Lanois and Brian Blade will play live a live gig for about 50 minutes at the 9.15 pm screening of the documentary in the IFI, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Admission for that event is €35.

O’Connor Short-List 08

29th April 2008 by Maura McHugh

RTÉ announced the short-list for the P.J. O’Connor Radio Drama awards this year:

  • “Piano Lessons” by Sarah Brennan
  • “At the Hop” by Wayne Denniston
  • “Lust for Money” by Philip Doherty
  • “10! 9! 8! 7! 6! 7! 8! 9! 10!” by Kevin Gildea
  • “Get a Life” by Ciarán Gray
  • “The Lottery” by Shay Linehan
  • “Something’s Been Lost” by Felim MacDermott
  • “Said the Bear to the Woman” by Martin Malone
  • “Living Room” by Andrea McCartney
  • “Will You Swap Knees With Me” by John McManus
  • “Home Is Where the Heartache Is” by Muireann Ní Aoláin
  • “Deliver Us From Evil” by Billy O’Callaghan
  • “Thinking Ahead” by Jack Olohan

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in the RTÉ Donnybrook studios on Tuesday 6 May at 6:30pm.

New Irish TV Channel?

29th April 2008 by Maura McHugh


The Irish Film Board (IFB) has announced a proposal for a new Irish television channel that will be dedicated to broadcasting the best of Irish, European and World Cinema. It has already been sent to the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources for inclusion in the new Broadcasting Bill, which will be launched by Minister Eamonn Ryan next month.

The proposed new channel will provide Irish audiences with an opportunity to view award winning independent Irish, European and World Cinema in prime time TV slots. It is envisaged that the new channel will be a non commercial, free to air service, available to all Irish households and to be included as part of the new multi channel digital transmission system that will eventually replace the existing 4 channel system.

The channel will fill a gap by providing a platform for Irish films and for award-winning European and World cinema that Irish audiences rarely have the opportunity to see or know about. Irish films screening on the channel are likely to have completed their own commercial cycle through theatrical, DVD and mainstream TV outlets before appearing on the film channel.

The channel will also build key strategic relationships with Irish film festivals, local film societies, schools, third level colleges and universities. The morning schedules will introduce students to new Irish and European cinema and will screen a programme of films that will complement the national syllabus and third level studies.

Radio Comedy Online

28th April 2008 by Maura McHugh

The BBC’s Writers Room has put a comedy radio script online: the first episode of Lenny Henry’s new radio series Rudy’s Rare Records, written by Danny Robins and Dan Tetsell.

Listen to Terry

25th April 2008 by Maura McHugh


Culture Northern Ireland has an article about writer/director Terry George’s appearance at the recent Belfast Film Festival.

It includes an audio file of the Q&A session after the screening of his new film, Reservation Road.