Archive for February 12th, 2009

RIP Hugh Leonard

12th February 2009

The Irish Times reports that Irish novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and journalist Hugh Leonard has died at the age of 82.

His plays included The Big Birthday , A Leap in the Dark, Stephen D , The Poker Session , The Patrick Pearse Motel , The Au Pair Man and Da.

Da ran for nearly two years on Broadway and earned Leonard a Tony Award in 1977. It was later turned into a film starring Martin Sheen.

He published two hugely popular volumes of autobiography, Home Before Night (1979) and Out After Dark (1989).

He also adapted a number of classic novels for British television, including Nicholas Nickleby and Wuthering Heights, and until recently penned The Curmudgeon column for the Sunday Independent .

Irish Bear

12th February 2009

Yesterday the award winners of the Berlinale Shorts 2009 were announced.

The Golden Bear went to the 10-minute animated short film “Please Say Something” by Irishman David OReilly

On his web site David said:

It’s crazy, I think what honours me most is that something so small, made on a single computer in my tiny apartment is considered in the context of world cinema. Also because it was judged side by side with live action films. It’s a big step for me but a even bigger one for independent 3d.

Irish Women’s Film Festival

12th February 2009

Paris Voice reports that the Centre Cultural Irlandais in Paris will host the 2nd Irish Women’s Film Festival in Paris on September 29th.

The debut festival was hosted by the Irish Chapter of Women in Film and Television in Dublin last October

The one-day Festival, which begins at 10:30 A.M. on September 29th, will feature films and filmmakers from WFTV Ireland and aims to bring together the European film community as well as aid women filmmakers in finding ways to collaborate in the future. The festival is part of the celebration of “le Cinéma au Feminin” and will be opened by Irish Ambassador Ms. Anne Anderson. Writers and directors will have the opportunity to introduce their work as well offer workshops to current film students.