Podcast by Film Ireland
Treasa O’Brien, Director of 'Town of Strangers'
In this podcast, Gemma Creagh talks to Treasa O’Brien, director of Town of Strangers
A stranger arrives in the town of Gort and announces that auditions will be held in the town hall for a new film. “Come and tell me your stories, your dreams, your lies, your memories, any gossip. All genders, nationalities and languages welcome. No acting experience necessary” is announced by the director via a loudspeaker on her van as she drives through the town. One by one, people sit into an armchair on the set of a kitchen, surrounded by old props found in the Town Hall that could have been from John B Keane’s The Field, which had been produced by the local theatre group the year before. And they tell their stories….
Town of Strangers screens on IFI@Home from 19th March 2021
Sarah Cullen & Richard Drumm return to the world of pod after a long hiatus - reunited over zoom, our dynamic duo take a look back at the year in film.
Interview with Kieron J. Walsh, Director / Co-writer of 'The Racer'
In this Film Ireland Podcast, Paul Farren talks to Kieron J. Walsh, Director / Co-writer of The Racer.
In summer 1998, the opening stages of Le Tour de France are relocated to Ireland. At the start of what will likely be his last Tour, cyclist Dom Chabol (Louis Talpe) is dropped from the Team he has dedicated his life to. Team masseur and best friend Sonny (Iain Glen), who helped keep Dom at peak performance through illegal blood doping, fails to reassure him about his future. However a chance liaison with Lynn (Tara Lee), a young Irish doctor, softens the blow, and Dom starts to accept – and even enjoy – the idea of civilian life. But just as he gears up to head home, another teammate is knocked off the Tour and Dom is thrown back into the saddle. Now with the years of doping having taken a toll on his body, the racer may pay the ultimate price for a final shot at the glory that has eluded him his entire career…
The Racer is in Irish cinemas from 11th December 2020.
Podcast: Interview with Mary McGuckian, Writer / Director of 'A Girl From Mogadishu
In this Film Ireland podcast, Gemma Creagh talks to Mary McGuckian, whose film A Girl From Mogadishu is released in cinemas across Ireland.
The film portrays Female Genital Mutilation activist Ifrah Ahmed, who, after fleeing war-torn Somalia in 2006, is trafficked to Ireland. A traumatic medical examination when seeking asylum reveals the extent of her mutilation as a child. Traumatized by the memory, she channels the experience into a force for change and emerges as a formidable campaigner against Female Genital Mutilation at the highest political echelons in Ireland, across Europe and finally back in the country of her birth, Somalia.
Podcast: Interview with Alistair Owen, author of 'The Art of Screen Adaptation'
In this Film Ireland podcast, Paul Farren talks to Alistair Owen about his book ‘The Art of Screen Adaptation’.
In the age of cinema and TV adaptation, Alistair Owen asks a crucial question; how do you transfer a story from the page to the screen? Owen navigates this and others in conversation with some of the top screenwriters of our time, including Hossein Amini, Jeremy Brock, Moira Buffini, Lucinda Coxon, Andrew Davies, Christopher Hampton, David Hare, Olivia Hetreed, Nick Hornby, Deborah Moggarch, David Nicholls and Sarah Phelps.
Exploring fiction and nonfiction projects, contemporary and classic books, films and TV series The Art of Screen Adaptation reveals the challenges and pleasures of reimagining cinema and television, and provides a frank and fascinating master class with the writers who have done it – and have the awards and acclaim to show for it.
Cork International Film Festival Roundtable
In this Film Ireland podcast, Gemma Creagh talks to 3 filmmakers, David Prendeville (Sins of a Werewolf), Edwina Casey (Algorithm) and Maureen O’Connell (Hum), about their short films screening at this year’s Cork International Film Festival. The short films are available to watch on the online Virtual Festival platform from 9 – 15 November 2020.