Archive for May 7th, 2009

Give Me Direction

7th May 2009

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) in partnership with the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) have announced a new screenwriting conference entitled Give Me Direction.

Attended by a mix of Irish and international guests, GIVE ME DIRECTION will be an opportunity to champion great and original writing for the screen and to deepen the IFB’s engagement in addressing industry concerns. The conference will follow an informal, mixed format of sessions and interviews: plus a rehearsed read-through and a preview screening.

Confirmed Guests:

  • Shane Black (Lethal Weapon)
  • Shane Meadows and Paul Fraser (A Room for Romeo Brass, SomersTown)
  • Eran Kolirin (The Band’s Visit)
  • Conor McPherson (The Eclipse)

More guests and further details on the sessions will be announced shortly

Book your places on the JDIFF web site now. Places are strictly limited and tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

When: 4th—5th June 2009

Where: The Light House Cinema & The Chester Beatty Library

Time: 4th June 16.30—21.00 / 5th June 9.30—18.00

Tickets: €40

2009 Irish Book Awards

7th May 2009

The winners of the 2009 Irish Book Awards were announced last night:

Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

The Argosy Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year
Stepping Stones by Seamus Heaney and Dennis O’ Driscoll

The Dublin Airport Authority Irish Children’s Book of the Year – Jnr
Before You Sleep by Benji Bennett

The Dublin Airport Authority Irish Children’s Book of the Year – Snr
Skulduggery Pleasant – Playing With Fire by Derek Landy

International Education Services Ltd Best Irish Newcomer of the Year
Confessions of a Fallen Angel by Ronan O’Brien

The Best Irish-Published Book of the Year
The Parish by Alice Taylor

The Energise Sport Irish Sports Book of the Year
Ronan O’Gara, My Autobiography by Ronan O’Gara

The Tubridy Show Listeners’ Choice Book of the Year
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

The Easons Irish Popular Fiction Book of the Year
This Charming Man by Marian Keyes

Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award
Blood Runs Cold by Alex Barclay

Lifetime Achievement in Literary Ireland Award
Edna O’Brien

Movie Released on Phone

7th May 2009

If you want to track the impact of technology on an industry, it’s always a smart idea to watch the trends in Asia, especially in Japan. reports that the first simultaneous movie release across multiple platforms has occurred in Japan for the first time: Kadokawa Pictures’ romantic comedy Fujoshi Kanojo was released in cinemas, online, and was also available via mobile phone.

The film, which translates as My Geeky Girlfriend, launched on two screens in Tokyo and Nagoya on May 2, through distributor SPO Entertainment, as well as on pay-per-view broadband site, ShowTime, and Kadokawa-Docomo’s i-Movie Gate mobile portal.

Online and mobile viewers will be charged $10 (Y1,000), which is the same price as the discounted advance ticket for the film. The film, which will be rolled out to a further ten screens by the early summer, has been adapted from a successful blog story and has also been developed in a novel and manga.

SPO said the innovative release pattern was developed from the film’s online roots. This has been supported by a digital marketing campaign, including on content site GyaO, which hosts the film’s website and has 22 million registered users. The blog’s original author Pentabu has also been adding to the buzz by blogging about the film’s release.

Dublin Writers Festival ‘09

7th May 2009

The Dublin Writers Festival (June 2 – 7) has announced its programme, and its theme: the ‘power of the word’.

Highlights of the 2009 Festival are:

A special live appearance by Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney who will be rounding off his 70th birthday celebrations – and the 80th birthday of publishing house Faber and Faber – by reading a personal selection of his poetry in the National Concert Hall.

Exclusive Irish visit by writer and broadcaster Simon Schama CBE who will be talking about his newest book based on his BBC series, The American Future, A History.

First-time visits to the Festival by Tipping the Velvet author Sarah Waters, and Fugitive Pieces author and Orange Prize winner, Canadian Anne Michaels.

Readings from first-time Irish novelists: music journalist Peter Murphy, former Investment banker Aifric Campbell and war correspondent Ed O’Loughlin.

A focus on crime writing and the murder mystery novel with readings from Suspicions of Mr Whicher author Kate Summerscale and one of the world’s best selling crime writers Val McDermid.

A traditional Irish music performance to the poetry of Dermot BolgerThe Frost is All Over; poetry with Paula Meehan and Leanne O’Sullivan and an exploration of the term ‘women’s writing’ with readings and discussion from writers Claire Kilroy, Julia O’Faolain and Christine Dwyer Hickey.

Also in the six-day festival will be readings from: Irish literary phenomenon Brendan Kennelly; humourist and Guardian critic Joe Queenan; genre-defying Geoff Dyer; My Left Foot co-writer Shane Connaughton; former lawyer MJ Hyland; Snow Geese author and relative of Ralph and Joseph, William Fiennes; Booker prize nominee and IMPAC award winner Colm Tóibín; and scriptwriter Steve Toltz.

IFI Spanish Festival

7th May 2009

The IFI is running a Spanish and Latin American Film Season from May 8 – 16.

This year’s celebration of recent Spanish-language cinema has a very strong selection of documentaries. These include our opening film, LT22 Radio la Colifata, which was a hit at the recent ¡Viva! festival of Spanish cinema in Manchester, and Night Flowers (Flores de luna), a fascinating historical study of a barrio in Madrid. The fiction films range from a Mexican science fiction flick (Sleep Dealer) and a smart Spanish thriller (Fermat’s Room/La habitación de Fermat) to the latest seriocomic work from leading Argentine director Daniel Burman (The Empty Nest/El nido vacĂ­o)