Archive for August 27th, 2009

GAZE Winners

27th August 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Dublin Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, GAZE, has announced the winners of its festival prizes:

Best Film: Grey Gardens written by Michael Sucsy and Patricia Rozema, based on a story by Michael Sucsy, and directed for HBO by Michael Sucsy.

Best Documentary: Identities, written and directed by Vittoria Colonna Di Stigliano.

Sheridan gets Pecked

27th August 2009 by Maura McHugh

Irish writer, director and producer Jim Sheridan has been named the recipient of this year’s Gregory Peck Award, an honour that is bestowed by the Dingle Film Festival in recognition of Excellence in the Art of Film.

The Gregory Peck Award will be presented to Sheridan by Anthony Peck, Gregory Peck’s son, at the ceremony in The Phoenix Cinema, Dingle on Friday 11th September at 8pm.

C4 Looking for New Drama

27th August 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Stage reports that the upside of Channel 4’s decision to axe the reality TV show Big Brother is that the broadcaster is going to inject an extra £20 million a year into its drama budget.

Director of television and content at Channel 4, Kevin Lygo, said the extra funds in the drama budget would allow the broadcaster to deliver more “event dramas” such as this year’s Red Riding and The Devil’s Whore, but added Channel 4 would be looking for “more quirky, returnable series aimed at younger audiences”.

In addition, he revealed that Channel 4 was looking for a long-running comedy drama and single films that can sit “at the heart” of themed seasons.

“Channel 4 is at its best when it does things that others don’t or won’t. This is a fresh opportunity to reach out to audiences underserved by drama on the more mainstream channels. We don’t want to be prescriptive about themes or formats. We just want the most creative ideas from Britain’s best new and established drama talent,” Lygo said.