Posts Tagged ‘discussion’

August Lucky Dozen

2nd August 2016 by Maura McHugh


The next WGI Lucky Dozen talk will be by Hugh Travers, and will take place at 7 pm on Thursday, 18 August 2016, at the Guild’s office, 3rd Floor, Arthouse, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

A dozen seats will be allocated to members on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hugh Travers, the writer of the acclaimed three-part drama Trial of the Century which was broadcast on TV3 earlier this year, will give a talk to members of the Guild on his experience of writing the series. In particular, he’ll focus on the specific challenges which can arise when writing a historical or factually-based script. As well as ‘Trial of the Century’, Hugh has written live action drama, comedy, theatre, animation and documentary, including Lambo (which won the PPI Drama Award for Best Radio Play);Green Is The Colour, a hugely successful 4 × 1 hour documentary series for Treasure Entertainment and RTE and Red Rock. He has also written and developed comedy shows for the BBC Worldwide, Channel 4 and Sky and some of his award-winning short films include CrosswordAn CoscSpecial EdThe Big Girl.

Wash Your Eyes talks

5th June 2015 by Maura McHugh

Dearbhla Walsh, Steven Benedict, and Malcolm Campbell talk heroes.

The first talk in the SDGI’s Wash Your Eyes series of discussions, in association with the WGI, took place last night. The three evenings will focus on harnessing the success of Irish writers and screenwriters, and connecting them with directors with the hope of future collaborations.

Last night Dearbhla Walsh, Steven Benedict, and Malcolm Campbell talked about ‘Adaptation: The Hero’s Journey’.

The topic for the next meeting is The Secret Life of Contracts: Everything creatives need to know about legal issues, and will take place from 6:30-8:30pm, Thursday, 18 June in The Palace Bar, 21 Fleet Street, Dublin 2.

It will feature Colin Kavanagh (Arthur Cox), Birch Hamilton (SDGI), and David Kavanagh (Writers Guild), and the panel intends to empower directors to formalise creative agreements to get that project pitch ready.

This session is valuable for both novice and veteran directors as it explores the complex legal process that directors should understand when embarking on their film projects. Colin Kavanagh will guide you through the steps and challenges necessary to take your project from a creative relationship to a formal legal arrangement.

The theme of the final session will be The Creative Mind: How I tell stories, and will take place from 6:30-8:30pm, Wednesday, 1 July in The Palace Bar, 21 Fleet Street, Dublin 2.

The panelists will be: Lenny Abrahamson, John Banville, Brendan & Niall Heery, Lisa McInerney, Terry McMahon, Paul Murray, Christian O’Reilly, and Carmel Winters.

The discussion will explore why they choose their medium of film/TV making, literary fiction, and/or novel writing. They will also examine the evolving relationship between the narrator and the audience and how this impacts storytelling. Is the medium the message and does the artist pick the medium or the medium pick the artist?

Please RSVP to events@sdgi.ie or contact SDGI at 01-6337433 – this event is open to SDGI and WGI members only.

Directors in Dialogue

20th June 2011 by Maura McHugh

The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI) and the Irish Film Institute (IFI) have joined forces in a new partnership in support of Irish screen directors.

On 25th June the SDGI and the IFI launches a series of events called SDGI/IFI Directors in Dialogue that pairs up Irish and international directors to discuss their approaches to filmmaking with the first being a jet lag free visit to Paris on a Skype call with acclaimed Greek director Costa Gavras in conversation with fellow director/writer Conor Horgan (One Hundred Mornings). Directors and members of public will have a unique opportunity to engage in a dialogue with Mr. Gavras following the screening of his first American film Missing.

The screening of Missing followed by SDGI Directors in Dialogue with Costa Gavras and Conor Horgan takes place at 2.50pm on Saturday 25th June in the Irish Film Institute, Eustace Street, Dublin 2. It will be followed by the conversation between Costa Gavras and Conor Horgan at 5.15pm.

GFC Award Info Session

15th February 2011 by Maura McHugh

Galway Film CentreThe deadline for The Galway Film Centre short script awards in association with RTÉ is March 11th. There will be 2 awards of €9500 up for grabs for the 2 short scripts picked.

To help applicants get an inside scoop on the awards and the application process the GFC is holding an info session this 2pm on Friday February 18th in the building in Cluain Mhuire on the Wellpark Road.

The event will consist of short film screenings, as well as a panel type session with the following speakers (including past winners of the Award):

  • The script readers
  • Eilish Kent, RTÉ
  • Declan Gibbons, Galway Film Centre Manager
  • Conor Ferguson,writer/director of The Wednesdays
  • James Phelan, writer/director of The Ottoman Empire
  • David Freyne, writer/director of Passing
  • Pat Comer director/producer of The Day Trippers
  • Thomas Hefferon, co-writer/director of Switch
  • Many of the producers of these short films will also take part in the discussion.


This is an opportunity to learn more about the process and also there will be plenty of time for questions.

How to Reserve place: This Information session is free and all are welcome, but places are limited and you need to RSVP by emailing info@galwayfilmcentre.ie or phoning 091-770748.

Open Space for Theatre

18th October 2010 by Maura McHugh

Open SpaceTheatre Forum Open Space is a free event taking place from 10.30 – 16.30 on the 9 November at The View, Bailey Allen Hall, National University of Ireland, Galway, and is an opportunity to meet with theatre artists and arts professionals.

It’s a way of convening a meeting which gives anyone the chance to propose a starting point for discussion, then take part in one of these conversations, flit between them all, or head to the bar.

  • Do you love theatre?
  • Do you find it frustrating?
  • Do you wish it were different?
  • Do you feel like an outsider in your own profession?
  • Do you want to help change things for the better?
  • Have you just started out and need support?
  • Have you been in the profession for years and feel jaded?
  • Do you usually dread discussions and meetings?
  • Are you looking for a sense of community, mentorship?
  • Are you looking to change things?

Everyone involved in theatre and the performing arts is welcome, from Galway, Limerick, Clare, Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, and beyond.

But please RSVP to theatreforum@ireland.com to let them know you are coming.