Archive for January 28th, 2009

JDIFF 09 Lineup

28th January 2009

The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival announced its programme for this year’s festival, and tickets are now on sale via their web site and box office. The festival will open with Oscar-nominated ‘Doubt’ as well as a variety of Irish features including ‘Dorothy Mills’, ‘The Daisy Chain’, and the recent winner at Sundance: ‘Five Minutes of Heaven’.

Other big international films to screen include the Cannes-winning ‘The Class’ as part of the French Gala Event, the Swedish ‘Everlasting Moments’, ‘Two Lovers’ starring Gwyneth Palthrow and Joaquin Phoenix, and the film adaptation of the best selling book ‘Marley and Me’.

Other Irish films will also feature including the IFTA-nominated psychological thriller ‘Dorothy’, the teenage drama ‘Cherrybomb’, Ivan Kavanagh’s ‘Our Wonderful Home’, ‘Eamon’ by Margaret Corkery, and the Desperate Optimists-produced feature ‘Helen’.

Director John Crowley will have two of his latest films screen – ‘Is There Anybody There?’ starring Michael Caine and the BAFTA-winning ‘Boy A’, There will also be a 50th Anniversary screening of documentary maker George Morrison’s ‘Mise Éire’.

Irish feature documentaries to screen include ‘Stone Pastures’, ‘A Song for Dad’ and ‘Liam Clancy Live at the Bitter End’. There will be a range of Irish short films from the Short Cuts, Frameworks, Lasair, and Oscailt schemes on showcase also.

The premiere of Cartoon Saloon’s animated feature ‘The Secret of Kells’ will close the festival on Sunday 22nd February.

Other events include the inaugural Jameson Film Experience, which is themed around graphic novels: British actor Clive Owen (Sin City) will be interviewed onstage by Mark Dinning, Editor of Empire magazine.

There will also be the Creative Cinema Panel Discussion, and a public discussion with screenwriter / journalist / novelist Frederic Raphael.

Storyland 10

28th January 2009

RTÉ has announced the ten finalists of its Storyland project:

Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
By Thomas Martin & Steven Byrne
Screenworks

Morbid & Sons
By Patrick Kavanagh, idea Nicholas Kavanagh
Moocow productions

Hardy Bucks
By Martin Maloney & Chris Tordoff
Hardy Productions

Happy Slapper
By Gary Duggan
Screenworks

Sullybags
By Patrick O’Driscoll
Vico Pictures & Sound Ltd

Chez Spuds
By Pat McCabe & Johnny Ferguson
Igloo Films

Psych Ward
By Luke & Sam McManus
Blinder Films

What Does Joe Know?
By Eoin Rogers
FastNet Films

Rental Boys
By Gemma Creagh
Mixed Bag Media

Running Low
By Diarmuid O’Brien
Happy Endings Productions

The competition kicks off on Friday 13th March when all 10 episodes will be online, and up for a vote. Voting closes on Friday 27th March, and only nine projects will go forward to make the next episode.

Critics’ Circle Awards: Theatre

28th January 2009

The Stage announces the winners of this year’s Critics’ Circle Awards:

  • Best New PlayAugust: Osage County by Tracy Letts (National Theatre presentation of the Steppenwolf Company).
  • The Peter Hepple Award for Best MusicalLa Cage aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory and West End).
  • Best Actor – Kenneth Branagh in Ivanov (Donmar West End).
  • Best Actress – Margaret Tyzack in The Chalk Garden (Donmar).
  • The John and Wendy Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance, awarded jointly to – Derek Jacobi in Twelfth Night (Donmar West End) and David Tennant in Hamlet (RSC).
  • Best Director – Michael Grandage for Ivanov and The Chalk Garden (Donmar West End and Donmar).
  • Best Designer – Neil Murray for Brief Encounter (West End).
  • Most Promising Playwright – Alexi Kaye Campbell for The Pride (Royal Court).
  • The Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Ella Smith in Fat Pig (Trafalgar Studios and West End).