Archive for the ‘Irish directors’ Category

Discussion with Kavanagh

10th March 2010 by Maura McHugh

The IFI in Dublin is hosting an in-depth discussion with Irish director Ivan Kavanagh, and the cast of his new film, The Fading Light, at 4pm on Saturday 13th March.

The Fading Light, the fifth feature from fiercely independent up-and-coming Irish director Ivan Kavanagh, opens exclusively at the IFI on 12th March and we are delighted to host a conversation with the director and his cast at 4pm on Saturday 13th March. The emotionally visceral style that has become Kavanagh’s trademark springs from the rigorous background work on each character undertaken by his actors before the plot is revealed to them step-by-step during filming. His previous feature, Our Wonderful Home (2008), will also be screened earlier that day at 2.30pm.

The Q&A with Kavanagh and the cast is free but ticketed. Call the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 to reserve your tickets.

The Eclipse wins at Stiges

22nd October 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Eclipse, the supernatural drama written and directed by Conor McPherson, won the prestigious Melies D’Argent Award for Best European Motion Picture at the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival in Spain, one of Europe’s largest fantasy and horror film festivals.

Green Spotlit

30th July 2009 by Maura McHugh

Filmmaker magazine has announced its annual survey of new talent entitled “25 New Faces of Independent Film”, which this year includes Steph Green, whose short film “New Boy” – written and directed by Steph and adapted from a short story by Roddy Doyle – was nominated for an Oscar last year.

His & Hers Launch

25th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, in association with the Directors Guild of America, have announced that the winner of the Directors Finders Series 2009 is Ken Wardrop and his feature documentary His & Hers

The feature will be showcased in the Director’s Guild of America Theatre, Sunset Boulevard, L.A, on 7th August 2009 to an audience of American distributors and industry personnel with a view to securing a U.S distribution deal for the film.

Before the L.A Screening the SDGI will launch His & Hers at a special Industry Awards Ceremony on Thursday 16th July in Dublin in The Morrison Hotel.

This event will be officially opened by the Minister for Arts, Sport & Tourism, Martin Cullen, TD.

The awards will be co-hosted by acclaimed directors Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan, and the guest speaker will be from Pathe! UK.

For further information or to confirm your place contact the SDGI at guestlist[at]sdgi[dot]ie

New Irish Cinema

20th May 2009 by Maura McHugh

Variety recently wrote an article on the “coming of age” of Irish cinema, which should be of interest to those working in the industry. Here’s a highlight:

Following in the footsteps of Sheridan and Jordan comes a generation that includes such directors as Lenny Abrahamson, Conor McPherson, John Crowley, Martin McDonagh, John Carney, Kirsten Sheridan, Lance Daly, Paddy Breathnach and Damien O’Donnell, and writers such as Mark O’Rowe, Enda Walsh and Mark O’Halloran.

“We now have a list, whereas we didn’t before,” says Alan Moloney of Parallel Pictures, one of the small band of Dublin-based producers who have worked closely with the Irish Film Board to nurture this rising tide.

Carney’s “Once,” Abrahamson and O’Halloran’s “Adam and Paul” and “Garage,” McDonagh’s “In Bruges,” Daly’s “Kisses” and the Crowley/ O’Rowe collaborations “Intermission” and “Boy A” have redefined expectations about the range and quality of work that Irish talent is capable of delivering.

Carney’s sci-fi comedy “Zonad” and O’Rowe’s latest riff on the Dublin gangster scene “Perrier’s Bounty” are among the most anticipated upcoming Irish movies. There’s also another wave of talent coming, including Margaret Corkery, Ken Wardrop and “Perrier” helmer Ian Fitzgibbon.

It’s easy to forget that for most of the 20th century, Ireland had no film industry at all, just a few determined independent spirits such as Joe Comerford and Cathal Black working in glorious isolation.

The refounding of the Irish Film Board in 1993, along with the introduction of a tax break targeted at film production, provided a turning point. It coincided with the modernization of the Irish economy and culture, and the rise of a cine-literate generation as eager to pick up a camera as a pen.