Archive for June 4th, 2009

Conference Update

4th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

Today’s events at the Give Me Direction conference have been cancelled.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Mr. Shane Black, who was expected to attend the screenwriting conference GIVE ME DIRECTION today, is unable to attend the event due to issues with his passport in LA airport yesterday.

Mr. Black was scheduled to give a public interview this evening at 5.30pm in the Light House Cinema which has now unfortunately been cancelled. Both Bord Scannan na h√Čireann/the Irish Film Board and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience caused to those who had purchased tickets for this event. Registration for the conference will now take place on Friday morning at 9.15 in the Shelbourne Hotel.

Commenting on these unfortunate circumstances Mr Black said “I’ve been working on the planning end of many a similar conference, and am all too aware of the inconvenience that a no-show guest inflicts upon the people who’ve been kind enough to sponsor his trip. This error on my part, though inadvertent, shows a terrible lack of forethought. I call upon what remains of your goodwill and please convey my apologies to those that bought tickets to attend.”

We hope to work with Mr. Black in the future and should another event be organised at a later stage, those that had tickets for this event will be prioritised with regard to ticket allocation.

Get Direction Today

4th June 2009 by Maura McHugh


The final line-up of the Give Me Direction screenwriting conference, which starts this evening, has been announced. The even is organised by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) in partnership with the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) focusing on the how and why of writing for the screen. Both the Huston School of Film & Digital Media and the IADT are also sponsoring panels at the conference.

Confirmed international and Irish guests for the event include Hollywood legend Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), Paul Fraser (A Room for Romeo Brass, Somers Town), Eran Kolirin (The Bands Visit), Jim Sheridan (In The Name of the Father, Get Rich or Die Trying), Conor McPherson (The Eclipse), Damien ODonnell (East is East, Heartlands), Tanya Seghatchian (UK Film Council), Pat McCabe (The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto), Roddy Doyle (When Brendan Met Trudy), Kirsten Sheridan (In America) and Mark ORowe (Boy A, Intermission). Actors Michael McElhatton (Whistlerblower, Spin the Bottle) and Eileen Walsh (Eden) will also take part in a showcase of new Irish cinema, reading scenes from Memorabilia written by Kevin Barry and currently in development with the IFB.

GIVE ME DIRECTION will champion great and original writing for the screen, and is an opportunity to deepen the IFBs engagement in addressing industry concerns. The conference will follow an informal, mixed format of sessions, screenings and interviews: plus a preview screening and rehearsed read-through.

The event will include a public interview with Shane Black, plus a wide-range of informal discussions and sessions. Amongst them we have DONT GET WEIRD ON ME: a debate on the limitations and realities of arthouse and commercial cinema; LIVE LONG & PROSPER: a hard headed discussion on making a living as a scriptwriter: GRAB EM BY THE THROAT: a focus on how to get the best out of your collaborators; and MONGRELS: a conversation on what it takes to move between formats as a writer with input from a range of writers with a background working in of theatre, film, and TV.

A full list of the schedule is available on the web site.

Tickets for the event are sold out.