Archive for the ‘masterclass’ Category

The Next Stage

10th August 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival in association with Theatre Forum and the Abbey Theatre, with funding by the Arts Council, is organising a two-week programme aimed at performing artists and creators called The Next Stage.

Eighteen people will be selected to take part in a programme of master classes, talks, physical workshops and performances to broaden and deepen their experience of theatre from conception to performance.

The programme takes advantage of the unique opportunities presented by Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival and the world-class directors, playwrights, actors and designers who will be in town during the Festival.

Key information:
Dates: It begins Thursday 24 September and ends Sunday 11 October 2009. N.B The programme is intensive. It involves seeing 19 shows so you are out almost every night and participating in workshops all day including Saturdays!
Times: 10am – 6pm daily with performances most evenings.
Participation fee: (including 19 performances and all workshops and talks) €250

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 21 August.

All information on now to apply is available from the web site.

Free Master Class for NI Writers

23rd June 2009 by Maura McHugh

Northern Irish screenwriters have the opportunity to obtain one of ten free places on the Screenwriters’ Master Class at the Galway Film Fleadh, as organised by Northern Ireland Screen.

Four of the ten selected writers will be chosen for a one-to-one with Christopher Hampton.

For full details contact Development Executive Natasha Geary at by no later than 5pm on Tuesday, 23 June 2009.

Essential criteria to be considered for selection to attend the Master Class:

  • You must be resident for tax purposes in Northern Ireland
  • You must have previously received development money for a feature film or TV drama script
  • Experienced television drama writers with at least one commission or broadcast credit
  • Preference will be given to writers who have not attended the Fleadh before
  • You must be able to demonstrate a strategic need for attending the festival.

In addition, in order to be considered for a one-to-one with Christopher Hampton, you will need to have had a feature film produced and distributed in a commercial cinema or a television drama produced and broadcast.

More Fleadh Workshops

19th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Galway Film Fleadh in conjunction with the Galway Film Centre has announced that American filmmaker Jon Jost (All The Vermeers in New York, Over Here) will host a five-day workshop during the Fleadh, beginning on Tuesday July 7.

The aim of the workshop is to familiarize participants with the myriad qualities which small digital DV and HDV cameras possess and to experiment in using these capacities in a creative manner. The workshop will also focus on the various types of in camera effects and how best to combine these with non-linear computer editing systems.

Those attending the workshop are advised to bring a DV or HDV (or Hi8) Camera and if possible a notebook computer which can be used for editing. The workshop will culminate on Sunday July 12 where participants will have the opportunity to screen the short films which they will make in the workshop at a special screening in the Cinemobile.

For further information please contact

The Fleadh, in conjunction with the Galway Film Centre, and in association with FÁS Screen Training Ireland, has also announced that Michael Fassbender (Hunger, Inglourious Basterds, Fish Tank) is the subject of the Acting Master Class at the festival.

It will take place on Saturday, July 11th and will be facilitated by leading casting agents, Ros Hubbard and Mary Maguire. Hunger will be screened on Friday afternoon, July 10th.

For further information or to apply for a place, contact Mary Deely at 091-770748 or

Those interested should submit a CV/Biography. The Master Class costs €50.

Fleadh Masterclass 09

12th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

The 21st Galway Film Fleadh and the Galway Film Centre, in association with Northern Ireland Screen, have announceed that Christopher Hampton will give the Screenwriters Master Class at this year’s Fleadh.

Christopher’s most recently released film, Atonement, won Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards for Best Picture. Cheri, directed by Stephen Frears, premiered at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival.

His other screenplays include The Quiet American, Mary Reilly, Total Eclipse, Dangerous Liaisons, Carrington, The Secret Agent and Imagining Argentina, the last three of which he also directed.

Prizes for his film and television work include an Academy Award, two BAFTAs, a Writer’s Guild of America Award, the Prix Italia, a Special Jury Award at the Cannes Film Festival, Hollywood Screenwriter of the Year 2007 and The Collateral Award at the Venice Film Festival for Best Literary Adaptation.

Christopher Hampton’s plays, musicals and translations have garnered three Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, four Evening Standard awards and the New York Theatre Critics Circle Award.

He has written a wide range of award winning plays including The Talking Cure, White Chameleon, Tales From Hollywood, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Treats, Savages, The Philanthropist and Total Eclipse.

Christopher Hampton also wrote the book and lyrics (with Don Black) for the musicals, Sunset Boulevard and Dracula, and the libretto for the Philip Glass operas, Waiting For The Barbarians and Appomattox.

To honour the presence of Christopher Hampton at the festival, the 21st Galway Film Fleadh will screen Atonement, Imagining Argentina and The Quiet American.

The Master Class will take place on Thursday, July 9th in the Radisson Hotel, Galway. For further information or to apply for a place, contact Mary Deely at 091-770748 or masterclasses[at]galwayfilmfleadh[dot]com. Those interested should submit a CV/Biography.

Fleadh 2008

27th June 2008 by Maura McHugh

The Galway Film Fleadh (8-13 July) has announced its full programme online.

There is a fine selection of international and Irish documentaries and features, short film screenings, and special guests including Peter O’Toole, Jessica Lange and Bill Pullman. On top of this there will be masterclasses for actors, directors, and screenwriters, industry seminars, the pitching award, and the film fair. There will be plenty to do and see during the Fleadh.