Posts Tagged ‘ireland’

New Horizons

8th February 2017 by Maura McHugh

New Horizons: Women in the Irish Film and Television Industries colloquium will take place in the Mary Immaculate College, UL, Limerick on 3 March 2017.

This day-long event will monitor what’s been happening for women in the Irish film and television industry over the last year, and what needs to happen in 2017 to bring about the change for an equal industry. The 2017 colloquium is a national and international conversation.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO Creative England
  • Professor Anna Wahl of KTH Stockholm, a renowned expert on gendered organisational cultures and combating unconscious bias. Professor Wahl has worked closely with many organisations including the Swedish Film Institute.
  • Melissa Silverstein who is a writer, campaigner and blogger. Founder of Women and Hollywood and Artistic Director and co-founder of the Athena Film Festival.

Two Irish panels will look at gender, and which organisations are finding and nurturing female talent.

Confirmed speakers for those panels include:

  • James Hickey – CEO Irish Film Board
  • Leslie McKimm – Project Manager Irish Film Board
  • Alan Esslemont – Director TG4
  • Jane Gogan – Head of Drama, RTE
  • Celine Craig – Deputy CEO Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
  • Orla O Connor – Director National Women’s Council of Ireland
  • Leslie McKimm – Project Manager Irish Film Board
  • Siobhan O Farrell –Eclipse Pictures – Film Distributors
  • Screen Training Ireland

Like last year there will be a diverse audience – writers, producers, directors, film festival programmers, and educators. There will be representatives from organisations like the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, the Irish Film Board, Screen Training Ireland, Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, Screen Producers Ireland, Writers Guild of Ireland, Equality Action Committee, Women in Film and Television.

Lunch, tea, coffee, wine reception, good company, and great debate in a fun and informal atmosphere guaranteed.

Cost: €15 or €10 euro for students.

Book via the website by 1 March 2017.

If you have any questions email: womeninfilmire (a) mic.ul.ie

#ArtsDeptNow

24th May 2016 by Maura McHugh

After the new Irish government was formed, and the cabinet appointments were announced, an astonishing decision came to light: a new hybrid department called the Department for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts & the Gaeltacht which will be helmed by Heather Humphreys TD.

This caused consternation among arts organisations and creatives around the country and it galvanised into an online petition, organised by Joe O’Brien.

Give arts, culture and heritage the respect it deserves by creating an independent Department and setting a funding target of 0.6% of GDP (the EU average spend on arts/culture). Ireland has one of the lowest levels of public support in the EU.

It has already garnered over 13,000 signatures. You can sign it now, and share it, if you haven’t done so already.

It spawned a hashtag on Twitter called #ArtsDeptNow, which is one of the best ways to track the emerging conversation about the lack of funding and focus on the arts.

Academic Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald has created a blog post, called Get in Formation: Irish Arts & Heritage Rising, that offers a comprehensive overview of the issue and keeps track of all of the articles being written about this matter online and in print.

The National Campaign for the Arts has also issued a Press Release calling on Minister Heather Humphreys to adopt a new all-party approach to national cultural policy.

Many prominent artists/writers/directors/actors are now calling for change, and using social media to alert Heather Humphreys and the cabinet to the fact that the Arts are not just a cultural photo op, but a vital resource that requires proper funding and recognition.

#WakingtheFeminists

11th November 2015 by Maura McHugh

On Wednesday, 28 October the Abbey Theatre launched its programme, termed Waking the Nation, to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising.

In The Irish Times on Monday, 2 November journalist Una Mullally pointed out that 9 out of the 10 plays in the 2016 programme are written by men, with a lone contribution by a woman playwright.

She said:

“Gender equality in Ireland’s artistic institutions is not about tokenism, it is about redressing a historical imbalance, it is about representing the population, it is about showcasing multiple perspectives not just a male ones, it is about reflecting the whole audience and not just a part of it. If art is about how we see ourselves, then why are we only getting one half of the picture? The Abbey Theatre receives taxpayers’ money, which does not discriminate on the basis of gender, yet most of the work it shows is by men. Why? If there is such a dearth of female-made theatre, what is it doing to address this? Are there female mentorship schemes? Female commissioning schemes?”

On Wednesday, 4 November Dr Brenda Donohue wrote a letter to the Editor of The Irish Times detailing highlights of the research she has conducted into the number of women playwrights whose work has been produced for the Abbey.

“Some of my latest research, which is due to be published in 2016, has focused on the number of plays written by women and presented on the Abbey stages from 1995 to 2014. It found that of 320 plays staged in this period, just 36 plays were written by a woman, 24 of which were new plays, while 12 were revivals.

My analysis shows that women playwrights are significantly under-represented on the Abbey and Peacock stages in terms of full theatrical productions. In the selected period, the annual percentage of plays written by women produced on either the Abbey or Peacock stages varied from a low of zero per cent of the plays produced in 2008, to a high of 26.6 per cent in 2003.

On average, over the period studied, just 11 per cent of the plays staged by the National Theatre were written by a woman.

One new play written by a woman is produced, on average, at the Abbey every year. In addition, the revival of plays by women is rare, with on average less than one revived work written by a woman staged per year in the selected period, accounting for a meagre 7 per cent of plays revived. In many years no revived works by women were produced. The issue of a low number of revivals is particularly pertinent to the current discussion.”

This prompted a conversation initially on Twitter called #WakingtheFeminists (also at @WTFeminists and wakingthefeminists.wordpress.com), which has turned into a grassroots campaign by Irish artists to challenge the under-representation of the work of women at the Abbey Theatre, and in Irish theatre generally.

There is now an online petition asking for equality for women artists, which anyone can sign to show their support for the campaign.

On 9 November the Board and the Director of the Abbey Theatre released a statement and acknowledged that the 2016 programme did not represent gender equality.

The Board commits to work with the Director and the new incoming Directors to develop a comprehensive policy and detailed plan to help address gender equality with the cooperation and input of the wider Irish theatre community.

There is going to be a #WakingTheFeminists public meeting at the Abbey Theatre tomorrow – Thursday, 12 November – but tickets to the event sold out within ten minutes of being released. There will be a standby list at the theatre from noon tomorrow, although demand is expected to be exceptional.

At 12.15pm sharp there will be a photo opportunity outside the Abbey Theatre for women working in all areas of theatre in Ireland. They welcome writers, directors, actors, stage managers, set designers, producers, costume designers, managers, lighting designers, administrators, sound designers, technical, and production managers to attend. If you’re unable to get a ticket for the meeting, you’re very welcome to attend the photo op.

For those who come to the photo op but can’t get into the meeting the Project Arts Centre welcomes them to continue the conversation in its bar and cafe.

If you cannot attend either event, you should be able to follow the discussion online – with information on how to do so on the website.

Dr Susan Liddy also contributed to the conversation in relation to the representation of women in the film industry by way of a letter to The Irish Times, which you can read here.

2015 ZeBBie Awards Short-lists

7th April 2015 by Maura McHugh

The Writers Guild of Ireland is delighted to announce the short-lists of nominees for the 2015 ZeBBie Awards:

Best Television Script

  • Colin Bateman for Scúp – Series 2, Episode 1
  • Oliver Callan & James Cotter for Callan Kicks the Year
  • Stuart Carolan for Love/Hate – Series 5, Episode 4

Best Radio Script

  • Shay Healy & Austin Kenny for Quarks, Quavers and a Pea in the Gods
  • Louise Lewis & Simon Manahan for The Churching of Happy Cullen
  • Daithí McMahon & Fred O’Connor for William Melville: The Queen’s Detective

Best Theatre Script

  • Mark O’Rowe for Our Few And Evil Days
  • Noni Stapleton for Charolais
  • Michael West for Conservatory

Best Feature Film Script

  • Brendan Heery & Niall Heery for Gold
  • John Michael McDonagh for Calvary
  • Terry McMahon for Patrick’s Day

Best Short Film Script

  • Ronan Blaney for Boogaloo and Graham
  • James Fitzgerald for Skunky Dog
  • John Kennedy & Ruairí O’Brien for Cutting Grass

Best Game Script

  • Kevin Beimers for Schrödinger’s Cat And The Raiders Of The Lost Quark
  • Eoghan Dalton & Stephen Kelly for Ship Antics
  • Llaura McGee for Curtain

Congratulations to all the nominees!

ZeBBie Awards Ceremony

The 2015 ZeBBie Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 in The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2, and it will be hosted by Senator David Norris.

Doors open at 7.30pm, and the ceremonies begin at 8.00pm.

This year entry to the ceremony is free to fully paid up members of the Guild, along with their guests (up to two per member).

There is limited seating, so if you wish to attend don’t leave it to the last minute and risk disappointment. Please email your name, and the number of guests you are bringing to: info [at] script.ie.

Only those who are on our list at the door will be admitted to the event.

Dress Code: writer chic.

Voting

Voting is now open on the short-lists and Guild members should have received an email with details on how to vote.

Voting closes at 3pm on Thursday, 23 April 2014.

WGI Presentation at GFF

2nd July 2014 by Maura McHugh

The Guild invites all of its members, and any other interested parties, to attend a presentation at the Galway Film Fleadh relating to the most up-to-date information available concerning Screenwriting in Ireland over the last seven years.

This information offers a comprehensive breakdown of the number of writers working in television, film, theatre, and radio each year; how many commissions are available; gender breakdown in each category; fluctuations in numbers; overall trends over the last seven years; and the number of Irish-language scripts being produced each year.

This presentation will outline some of the information to be published later this year as part of the ZeBBie Report 2014. The Guild will welcome feedback and questions from those in attendance on the information presented.

Date: 2pm on Wednesday, 9 July.

Venue: Joyce Suite at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway.

To attend this presentation, please send an email request by Friday, 4 July to ruairi.moore (at) script.ie with ‘WGI at GFF’ in the subject line.

Places will be confirmed on Monday, 7 July.