Archive for February, 2009

Virtual Cinema 2009

26th February 2009

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board has announced the recipients of this year’s Virtual Cinema short film scheme.

Over 150 applications were received, and from them the following filmmakers have been awarded €2,000 for their project:

  • Satellite of Love / Director – Bill Tyson
  • Paranoid Fat Chick goes swimming / Director – Cecilia McAllister
  • Alley Cat / Director – Niamh Kennedy
  • Someone Not like You / Director – Traolach O Murchu
  • One Hundred Happy Faces / Director – Robin Murray
  • Action Evader / Director – Padriag Mannion
  • The True Story of Bono and my Ex / Director – Ross Whitaker
  • Club Foot 2020 / Director – Claire Roche
  • Solo Duet / Director – Sophie Merry
  • Smugglers / Director – Liam Nolan and Agnieszka Reczkin

There is no information available that indicates who wrote these projects.

The finished films will screen at the Darklight Film Festival in October and will be available online immediately.

Frameworks 2009

26th February 2009

The deadline for submission to the short animation scheme Frameworks, co-funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, the Arts Council and RTÉ, is Friday, April 24th.

Frameworks is an established scheme for the making of animated short films which BSÉ/IFB considers to be so successful in stimulating ground-breaking new work from Irish animators that it intends to continue the scheme in its present form.

Projects selected for funding will combine creative exploration with an ability to appeal to a broad audience.

Further information on the scheme, as well as guidelines and application form, are available from the web site.

New IFB Board

26th February 2009

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) had announced the new IFB Board members, as appointed by Martin Cullen, the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism.

The Minister has re-appointed current Chairman of the Board, James Morris, to this position for a twelve month period. Current board members Lesley McKimm, Kevin Moriarty, Tristan Orpen Lynch and Kirsten Sheridan have been reappointed to the Board for the next four years.

In addition Minister Cullen has appointed two new Board members, composer Barry Grace who has worked on a range of TV commercials and TV programming including DEAR DAUGHTER for RTE and film director/producer Johnny Gogan, whose credits include THE LAST BUS HOME and MAPMAKER.

Welcoming new board member appointments Simon Perry IFB Chief Executive said “In these uncertain times, it is tremendously reassuring that our Chairman James Morris is remaining with us for another year. We are also delighted to welcome two new Board members and to welcome back the majority of a Board which has always been nothing but supportive of the IFB’s work to date.”

No Over 40s Please

25th February 2009

Today The Stage reports that leading British screenwriters have alleged that UK television broadcasters are biased against drama that feature female characters over the age of 40.

This information has come out as a result of the Equity petition on gender/age imbalance in television drama in the UK, because people pointed out that writers needed to do more to portray a variety of roles for women.

But writers have argued that they often have little say over characters’ ages.

One, who did not want to be named, said: “The problem lies with commissioners, who only want to appeal to the young. A case in point might be the BBC’s Mistresses, which would arguably be all the more interesting for having a range of mistresses of all ages and backgrounds, as in real life.”

The writer continued: “Writers would love to have free rein to portray any age, sex, class, but are constantly getting the message from broadcasters that if you do want to get your script made, the only women they want to see are under 40.”

Another writer said commissioners favour male writers, who tend to write about men.

L.A. Inishmore Postponed

25th February 2009

The Los Angeles Times reports that the L.A.-based Center Theatre Group is postponing until next year Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore, part of its 2009 season at the Mark Taper Forum. The CTG artistic director Michael Ritchie explained the reasoning to the newspaper:

“It is a show that is for us to do it right would cost us an extra $750,000 above what we could expect in income from ticket sales,” Ritchie said of “Inishmore.” “It’s in this season, but it’s in next fiscal year. So we’re planning the next season and we decided the move made more sense.”

Wilson Milam, who staged the 2006 Broadway production of the eight-character “Inishmore,” will direct at the Taper when the play goes up in 2010. No cast has been attached, Ritchie said, and that fact was taken into account when making the decision to postpone. Patrons holding tickets to the play can receive a refund or will be given a credit that they can use toward the purchase at any show at the three CTG theaters.

Ritchie emphasized that while the move was precipitated by concerns about the economy, CTG is financially stable — “and we want to keep it that way.”

Sales have been off by about 5%, he said, but CTG’s $20 ticket program has given box office a boost. “It’s been a great benefit to us. People who normally wouldn’t be coming to our shows because of the economy are buying, and yet it doesn’t seem to be drawing down from our regular priced tickets.”