Posts Tagged ‘cinema’

Focus on Jim Sheridan

28th January 2011 by Maura McHugh

Jim Sheridan In FocusThe Irish Film Institute in Dublin is organising a season of films focusing on the work of writer/director Jim Sheridan, called Jim Sheridan: In Focus.

IFI Director Sarah Glennie announced the season saying “Jim Sheridan’s exceptional body of work has not only been recognised domestically but has proven itself on the international stage many times. He has become a key figure in shaping the world’s perception of Ireland and its diaspora. We are thrilled and honoured to be working so closely with him and so many of his collaborators in presenting this season focusing on the highlights of his career.”

In addition to screenings of Sheridan’s film Jim Sheridan: In Focus will feature a special public conversation with Jim and his brother Peter on February the 5th at 4.30pm. Many of the film screenings will be attended by, introduced by or feature discussions with Jim and some of his key collaborators including Peter and Kirsten Sheridan, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh O’Conor and Brenda Fricker.

Information on the schedule is available on the web site.

Imagine Ireland 2011

10th January 2011 by Maura McHugh

Image IrelandIreland’s cultural ambassador, actor Gabriel Byrne launched the largest-ever promotion of Irish arts events across the US this weekend.  People in more than 40 states across the US will experience world-class arts from Ireland in 2011 as part of Imagine Ireland, a year-long season of Irish arts in America.

This first-time unprecedented celebration of Irish arts will see over 1,000 artists and producers from Ireland create over 400 events across 40 states in the US from January to December in all art forms including film, theatre, music, literature, visual arts and dance.

Film highlights of the Imagine Ireland programme include:

  • Two Irish feature films THE GUARD and KNUCKLE are in official selection at the Sundance Film Festival
  • Irish Film Festivals will take place in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco and Seattle
  • A celebration of Ireland in documentary film will screen at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
  • A retrospective curated by Gabriel Byrne in association with the Irish Film Institute and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) which will take place in MOMA

Imagine Ireland received an investment of €4 million from the Irish Government in Budget 2011 which will enable Irish artists to strengthen the bonds which exist between Ireland and America, to generate new relationships and opportunities with key partners and presenters and to build new audiences and interest in Ireland across the cultural, business and heritage sectors.

Speaking at the launch, Ireland’s Minister for Culture Mary Hanafin said:

“Culture is the means by which most Americans encounter Ireland.  It connects with the deep sense of pride and belonging of more than 40 million Irish-Americans and also with the man millions of Americans who love great art.  We have invested in Imagine Ireland because the arts and culture are so vital to Ireland’s recovery and it will bring Irish culture to new audiences and generations across America”.

Gabriel Byrne commented on the evolving Irish arts, saying:

“The creative Irish mind has always found some of its richest inspiration in America – think today of the music of U2 or the writing of Colum McCann. Think too of the plays of Eugene O’Neill and the films of John Ford, whose film The Quiet Man is one of the most memorable and influential responses by an Irish American to the challenge to ‘imagine Ireland’.”

Imagine Ireland is an initiative of Culture Ireland.

Film Fatale

7th January 2011 by Maura McHugh

Film FataleFilm Fatale is a new bi-monthly film event that will screen the crème de la crème of classic films in the Sugar Club in Dublin.

Opening Film Fatale’s 2011 season is Billy Wilder’s sizzling comedy Some Like It Hot. After the screening, a themed after-party will include a live performance by singer Sugar Kane and DJs playing hits from the movie and the era.

The audience is invited to take part in setting the scene by dressing up at their vintage finest for the event. Themed cocktails will be specially prepared for all by Sugar Kane, Daphne and Josephine lookalikes.

The event will take place on 5th February at 8pm in the Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson St., Dublin 2. Tickets on sale January via www.tickets.ie (€13.50).

The Write Direction

26th October 2010 by Maura McHugh

Northern Ireland ScreenAs part of Northern Ireland Screen’s drive to develop a sustainable and dynamic screen industry in Northern Ireland, it is running a panel session on Friday 12th November entitled The Write Direction, looking at how young screenwriters and film-makers can break into the industry.

The workshop will take the form of a panel event, moderated by renowned industry pundit and former European Editor of trade bible Variety, ADAM DAWTREY.  Key members of the panel will include London-based literary agents MATTHEW BATES of Sayles Screen and ROB KRAITT of AP Watt, as well as the award-winning writer GUY HIBBERT and actor/filmmaker LIA WILLIAMS.  Further panel participants are to be confirmed.

The session, aimed at upcoming screenwriters and film-makers, will look at key questions such as:

  • What are literary agents currently looking for?
  • How do they make their choices?
  • How does a screenwriter break into the industry?
  • If I’m a feature film writer and haven’t had a break, should I switch to television?
  • Are soaps a good way in?  Or short film?
  • Am I at a disadvantage if I only write and I don’t want to direct as well?
  • What you need to secure an agent?  Is it a Catch 22?  I can’t get an agent before I get a credit.  I can’t get a credit before an agent.
  • What is the market looking for in terms of talent.  Is there a certain “type” or “trend” right now?
  • Should I align myself with a producer or production company or keep my options open?
  • How involved do agents get in terms of packaging and producing?Can agents help bring finance to the table?
  • How a successful writer/agent partnership works and tips for good agent relations.

THE WRITE DIRECTION
Friday 12 November 2010 at 3.30-5.00pm including Q&A
The Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road Belfast BT7 1NH

Please note that this workshop takes places before the BAFTA/Rocliffe New Writing Forum event, which is at the same venue on the same date at 7.00pm.  If you have already registered for the BAFTA/Rocliffe event, you must register separately for this workshop.  If you are attending both events, we have made provision for hot food between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

The event is free of charge.  Please email rsvp@northernirelandscreen.co.uk with your name immediately to reserve your place, and put “THE WRITE DIRECTION” in the subject line.

Bloomsday 2010

16th June 2010 by Maura McHugh

James JoyceIt’s June 16: the day the events took place in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses, and honoured as Bloomsday.

The James Joyce Centre has been organising readings and tours for several days, with a final series of events today:

DENNY’S BLOOMSDAY BREAKFAST
8, 9.30, 11am at the James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s St.

Our breakfast is the hallmark of our Bloomsday Festival. Partake of a ‘full Irish’ at the James Joyce Centre whilst actors entertain with readings from Joyce’s Ulysses. Feel free to come in your own c.1904 costume!

READINGS, SONG & DANCE IN THE SQUARE
11am-3pm at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar

Alan Stanford, our Master of Ceremonies hosts a star-studded afternoon of readings and songs from Ulysses. Joyceans of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join in, so come one, come all, and read your favourite few words from the book of the day! We’ll be treated to music of the era as soprano, Deirdre Masterson, pianist, Dearbhla Brosnan and other guest soloists sing a variety of songs drawn from Ulysses, while Eileene McLoughlin performs a neo-classical dance to ‘Marble Halls’. And don’t miss Senator David Norris perform an extract from his marvelous one-man Joyce show, ‘Do you see what I’m hearing?’ at 1pm.

Look who’s coming so far…Minister of State, Dr Martin Mansergh, Senator David Norris, Lord Mayor Emer Costello, Councillor Mick Rafferty, Maureen O’Sullivan, TD

Lynne Parker, Phelim Drew, Gavin Fullam, Donna Dent, Marty Rea, Louis Lovett, Aoibheann O’Hara, Eamonn Owens, Mark O’Regan, Beth Cooke, Andrew Whipp, and others…

Free and open to the public, limited seating available, no bookings.

‘BLOOM’ FEATURE FILM AT CINEWORLD
4pm and 6.30pm screenings, Cineworld, Parnell Sq

Enjoy Bloomsday on the big screen in Sean Walsh’s recent adaptation of Joyce’s love story of Molly and Leopold Bloom. ‘… bawdy, irreverent, lyrical, compassionate, anguished, earthy, profound and deeply humane …’ (The Sunday Tribune)