Archive for February 2nd, 2010

Irish among Oscar Nominees

2nd February 2010 by Maura McHugh

The nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards have been announced.

The Irish children’s film The Secret of Kells, written by Tomm Moore (story) and Fabrice Ziolkowski (screenplay), co-directed by Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey, has been nominated in the Animated Feature Film category.

“Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty”, written by Kathleen O’Rourke and directed by Nicky Phelan, is nominated for the Short Film (Animated) category.

“The Door” written and directed by Juanita Wilson, is nominated in the Short Film (Live Action).

Irish animator Richard Baneham is among the nominees in the Best Visual Effects category for his work on Avatar, and Peter J Devlin has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Sound for his work on Star Trek.

The writing categories are as follows:

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • District 9 Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
  • An Education Screenplay by Nick Hornby
  • In the Loop Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
  • Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
  • Up in the Air Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • The Hurt Locker Written by Mark Boal
  • Inglourious Basterds Written by Quentin Tarantino
  • The Messenger Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
  • A Serious Man Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • Up Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

IFB’s Media Hub

2nd February 2010 by Maura McHugh

The Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board has launched Media Hub, a micro-site that showcases some of its short films, offers trailers and podcasts, as well as providing information on events and news items.

IFI Open Day

2nd February 2010 by Maura McHugh

On Saturday, 6th of February the IFI is celebrating the refurbishment of its premises with a full day of free screenings.

Audiences will have the opportunity to check out the IFI’s new and luxurious Cinema 3, the new look foyer, the brand new IFI Film Shop and our refurbished IFI Café Bar (not to mention the sparkling new bathrooms). All the free tickets are being released on the day at 11am and tickets are limited to four per person on a first come first served basis.

IFI Family, our monthly programme of quality family films, will be offering a first look at the hotly anticipated Ponyo; a wildly imaginative Japanese animation version of The Little Mermaid fairy tale from the Oscar-winning Studio Ghibli. Young people will also be catered for with a special IFI Teen Screen showing of Ghost World; a 2001 graphic-novel inspired cult favourite featuring a young Scarlett Johansson.

A preview of Crazy Heart includes an Oscar-tipped performance from Jeff Bridges; the subject of an extensive season at the IFI in February. Another heavyweight Oscar contender A Single Man, former-Gucci designer Tom Ford’s directorial debut featuring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore,will also be previewing on Open Day.

There will also be a chance to see some classics back on the big screen including the great screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby with Katherine Hepburn, the definitive Herzog documentary Grizzly Man, Kubrick’s masterful 2001: A Space Odyssey on 70mm, and there will be a very rare chance to see Leo McCarey’s exceptional Make Way for Tomorrow on 16mm from 1937. There will also be a chance to sample two themed selections of material from the IFI Irish Film Archive; Welcome to the Emerald Isle: A Selection of Travel Films and Colm O Laoghaire Shorts.

A special discount on IFI Membership will apply on the Open Day. It’s a great way to keep up with the latest releases and seasons, as well as benefitting from free tickets, special free Members’ Previews, discounts throughout the IFI, and double IFI Loyalty points.

Tickets for all films will be available on the day from 11am – in person only – and will be restricted to 4 tickets per person. Arrive early as tickets for the full day are expected to go quickly.