Archive for the ‘ireland’ Category

IT Obituary for Siobhan Miley

22nd February 2010 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Times published an obituary for actress/writer Siobhan Miley at the weekend.

IFTA Winners 2010

22nd February 2010 by Maura McHugh

The winners of the Irish Film and Television Awards were announced on Saturday night. A full list is available from the web site.

The winners in the two writing categories are in bold:

Script Film
Billy Roche, Conor McPherson – The Eclipse (Treasure Entertainment)
John Carney, Kieran Carney – Zonad (Element Pictures)
Margaret Corkery – Eamon (Zanita Films)
Neil Jordan – Ondine (Octagon Films)

Script Television
Frank Deasy – Father & Son (Octagon Films / Left Bank Pictures)
Frank McGuinness – A Short Stay in Switzerland (BBC)
Eugene O’Brien – Pure Mule – The Last Weekend (Accomplice Television)
James Phelan – Rásaí na Gaillimhe (Great Western Films)

Platform Ireland

29th January 2010 by Maura McHugh

Platform Ireland is a new multi-media web site that showcases leading Irish arts and cultural content to audiences worldwide. It launched its trial site this month.

Featuring arts content across visual, performance, literature and traditional sectors, Platform Ireland strives to act as a one-stop shop for the Irish arts sector. Its goals include promoting and marketing Irish arts abroad while also acting as an arts archive and providing an online forum for critical debate with the latest news and reviews for both audiences and those involved in the arts.

The Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism are partnering Platform Ireland for the duration of the trial, while over forty organisations are involved in providing content for the Platform Ireland trial including amongst others, Druid Theatre, Opera Ireland, the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Currently, users who register can log in and watch Madama Butterfly – a live recording of the Opening Night of the Opera Ireland season at The Gaiety Theatre on their computer or mobile phone. Other featured videos include “The Adventures of Flannery”, a documentary about Cathal Coughlan (Bandit Films), an Interview with David Bolger, artistic director CoisCéim, and a performance by the The Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Irish theatre in 2010

25th January 2010 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Times reported last week that despite a dispute over costs the new 2,000-seat Grand Canal Theatre will have its gala opening in March.

The paper also had a feature article entitled “Curtain up on a new theatrical era?”, which discussed the state of the Irish theatre industry in the face of funding cuts and the economic downturn. Here’s a snippet:

Another way of attracting larger audiences is to cast a top star in a lead role. “For instance,” explains Hynes, “this season on Broadway, a play called A Steady Rain, which stars Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, and which is in fact directed by our own John Crowley, more or less sold out almost before it opened and has completely made back its original investment and will return profits to its investors.”

Hynes cautions, however, that casting a star should “be within the context of the remit as subsidised theatres funded by the Irish taxpayer. You can’t suddenly turn around and start operating with commercial antennae. Because why are you being subsidised in the first place?”

Producer Anne Clarke, who works in both commercial and subsidised theatre, doesn’t see the necessity for a difference in approach or outlook when considering either. “Some people talk about commercial theatre as being cynical, cheap, only there to make money,” she says. “In my experience, that’s not the case. I took the same care and attention in casting and producing The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger and The Goat.”

For the sector to survive in the coming year, which Clarke concedes will be “bumpy”, she believes it “needs to do two things: one, continue to find ways of making work; two, not to lose courage while focusing more on the audience. It would be easy for people to keep their heads down, make work they think people want to see – that’s not the way out of this.”

IFI Remodelled

8th January 2010 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Times reports that yesterday the Irish Film Institute opened its doors on the renovation of its facilities, which included the first look at Cinema 3: a luxury 61-seat theatre with a digital screen.

Most the public areas: café, shop, and toilets have also been given a facelift.

To celebrate the IFI will offer a day of free screenings on Saturday, February 6th. Details of the programme of events will be released in late January.