Housing Rally Custom House at 2pm this coming Saturday 28th May

The housing situation in Dublin and around the country is at crises levels where we now have over 2,600 adults, including 790 families and over 1600 children in emergency accommodation in Dublin alone. This means moving from hostel to hostel or hotel room to hotel room with their children often on a daily basis. 74 families have become homeless in Dublin in April this year alone. There is no human dignity in this colleagues, this is a human rights issue and a trade union issue. Perhaps many of you can see the parallels to the conditions that existed for many citizens 100 years ago in 1916.

Our union is involved with the National Homeless and Housing Coalition which is also supported by a range of organisations, political parties and other unions.Together we a rallying outside the Custom House at 2pm this coming Saturday 28th May to march to the GPO to demand action on this issue.

Be part of the solution and give an hour of your time if you can.

Fair Internet for Performers


Make the Internet Fair for Performers: Sign the petition: Performers bring life and soul to artistic works. Without them, Europe would not enjoy the vibrant cultural scene it does today and the creative content sector, which makes a vital contribution to Europe’s economy, would simply not exist. However, performers are still not properly rewarded when their performances are exploited on digital media.  SIGN THE PETITION TODAY

Irish Equity AGM


The Irish Equity AGM will take place on Sunday 29th March at 2.00 p.m. in Liberty Hall Theatre. This is a members only meeting and subscriptions due can be paid on the day. All members are encouraged to attend this important event.

FIA Live Performance Conference

Second World Live Performance Conference: A landmark event for the International Federation of Actors to take place in Dublin in June. For the second time in its history, the International Federation of Actors – global federation of performers’ trade unions, guilds and professional associations founded in 1952 – organises a World Live Performance Conference. This will be a landmark event for the organisation and its some 90 members. Hosted by FIA’s members in Ireland and United Kingdom – Irish Equity and Equity – in Dublin, the event will gather some 200 performers, union representatives and industry representatives from around the world with the aim of discussing challenges, trends and best practices in the live performance sector. From June 4th to June 6th 2015, almost 50 speakers from different backgrounds and countries – including President Michael D. Higgins – will take the floor to defend performers and their role in society. READ MORE

Trade Unionists for Civil Marriage Equality


A showing of the film PRIDE – the BAFTA nominated movie that tells the story of how a group of gay and lesbian activists supported the miners during their lengthy strike in the summer of 1984.
Music From The Dublin Gay Men’s Chorus
Special Guests
Suggested Donation €20

Jim Larkin Commemoration

The Jim Larkin Commemoration will take place on Saturday 31st January in Glasnevin Cemetery at 11.00 a.m. A wreath will be laid at Jim Larkin’s grave by SIPTU Vice-President, Patricia King on behalf of the Larkin family, followed by a lament by a Piper from the Fintan Lalor Pipe Band. Oration by SIPTU General President, Jack O’Connor.

Afterwards tea and coffee will be served in the museum.


‘Lights, camera and action’ for the homeless

atticstudiobannerFollowing the tragic death of John Corrie on a Dublin street recently, film industry members have rallied to raise funds for the homeless charity Focus Ireland. An Oscar© qualified short film “Whatever Turns You On” will be made available online for the first time. As well as carrying a text number through which people can donate to the charity the film seeks to humanise the plight of homeless people.

“The central character in the film is a homeless guy who simply wants to belong,” explained the film maker Declan Cassidy. “That point seems to get through to audiences no matter where the film is shown so I felt that working with Focus Ireland would be the way to go. Their work is so very important as tragically demonstrated by the death of Mr Corrie.

“When we shot the film in Dublin City centre the actor, Luke Cameron, had to sit still for a long time in the freezing cold of winter and he was in a bad way by the time we’d finished. It struck us at the time how terrible it must be for homeless people who can’t take off their costumes and go home to a hot shower and a warm bed.”

The launch of the film is being facilitated by The Attic Studio – a community of actors, writers and directors which has been running for over 12 years www.theatticstudio.net

“For the past five years The Attic Studio has fund-raised for Focus Ireland at Christmas-time,” explained chairperson Camille Donegan. “so this was an obvious fit for us.”

It’s just four-minutes long but the film has charmed audiences all around the world, screening at over 100 festivals and scooping a host of awards. It qualified for Oscar© consideration in 2010 after winning the prestigious Aspen Shortsfest. It has had cinema releases in Ireland and Germany, has featured on the inflight services of airlines and has been snapped up by many tv stations around the globe including RTE, Channel 4 and national channels in France, Poland and Australia.

John Carney, director of the Oscar© winning Glen Hansard film Once said of Whatever Turns You On: “It’s a wonderfully sweet film, brilliantly acted and the ending left me with a lump in my throat. Great cast and fantastically directed.”

The film will be available to view for free online from 9pm on December 17 at www.tiny.cc/homeless

Death of acting great Robin Williams


Screen actor and comedian Robin Williams was been found dead in what police said was a suspected suicide at his home in California on Tuesday, Monday, 11th August. Williams, 63, had been grappling with severe depression recently, according to his press representative.In a statement his wife Susan Schneider said: “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings.

“I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief.

“As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

Williams was a hugely influential comic actor, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Good Will Hunting in 1998.

He was well known for his roles in Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, The Fisher King, Mrs Doubtfire, Jumanji, One Hour Photo, and Happy Feet.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

Powerscourt Theatre present BEEZIE

Powerscourt Theatre is delighted to bring “ Beezie” back to Dublin this Summer with a lunchtime performance by Sheila Flitton of her one-woman show. In the play, Beezie tells of her youth, her friendship with the young W.B. Yeats, her brief marriage in mid-life, her rescue from the Great Famine and her moving and hilarious campaign of resistance and escape from the County Home. Sheila Flitton has 35 years experience in theatre, TV and film.

She has written three novels and several plays, including ‘For Better or For Worse’ which won a Listowel Writers Award and premiered in the US, Harbour Nights, Voices from the Past, which was produced as a radio play for RTÉ and Money is The Root, which, after being staged in Dublin, RTÉ commissioned a six part adaptation.

TV credits include Glenroe (Josie), The Irish RM, The Snapper and Lilac Bus among many others. She was nominated for best actress in the Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2004.

14th – 26th July 2014
at 1:00 p.m.
Preview shows: 14th & 15th July

Ticket booking: www.powerscourttheatre.com
Tel: (01) 6111060

Tickets: €10
Previews: €8

Screen Leaders, EAVE & The Galway Film Fleadh present The Creative Producer and the Development Process

Date: 11/07/2014
Duration: 2pm -3.30pm
Venue: Conference Centre,
Radisson Hotel,
Galway Cost: €0.00

Course Profile:

  • Topics to be discussed –
  • Sourcing material (original ideas, options, writers with spec scripts etc.)
  • Approaching development commissioners
  • How to build a slate (and manage it)
  • The producer’s role in script development
  • The art of letting (scripts) go
  • The producer’s leading role in project development
  • Managing talent relationships – writer, director (and later lead cast)
  • How to stay in the picture (and keep hold of the talent)

Steen Bille, Film Commission, Danish Film Institute

Steen Bille (film commissioner, dramaturg and writer – Copenhagen, DK) has an MA in dramaturgy from Aarhus University Bille worked from 1986 at the Danish Broadcasting Association as a host and editor on radio programmes on current culture. Steen Bille co-wrote Niels Arden Oplev’s internationally award-winning movie “We Shall Overcome” and “Worlds apart”. Since April 2010 Steen Bille has been working as feature film commissioner at the Danish Film Institute and is the Danish representative to the Board of Management of Eurimages. Together with his wife he has written two novels and a third will be published in September 2014.  Steen Bille was a tutor on Screen Training Ireland’s Leading Edge Programme.

Helena Danielsson, Hepp Film International
Helena Danielsson established Hepp Film International in 2003, Danielsson has produced more than 30 films and in 2012 she was awarded with a EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY AWARD – PRIX EURIMAGES for her successful work with her international co-productions and in the same year shortlisted for an Oscar with the film KIRUNA-KIGALI

Danielsson focused early on international co-productions which many of those films have reached both wider audiences as well as international acclaim and awards worldwide including titles by highly acclaimed talents like BEYOND by Pernilla August, CALL GIRL by Mikael Marcimain,  A RATIONAL SOLUTION by Jens Jonsson /Jörgen Bergmark, DAY & NIGHT by Simon Staho/Peter Asmussen, CARGO by Cliwe Gordon/Paul Laverty , WHAT NO ONE KNOWS by Sören Kragh Jacobsen , as well as working with visual artists Simone Aaberg Kaern with SMILING IN A WARZONE and Nicolas Provost´s STARDUST and THE INVADER. She´s currently in preproduction of the feature debut by American actor/writer/director Brady Corbet´s THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER”, starring Juliette Binoche, Tim Roth and Robert Pattinson.She is a board member of The European Film Academy since 2012. She was a board member of the Swedish Producers Association between 2007-2009, is a member of France based European producers´ network Ateliér Cinema Europeén (participant 2003) and EAVE (participant 2002) and is acting as the Swedish National coordinator for EAVE.

Lenny Crooks, Killer Films
Lenny Crooks is the former Head of UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund, a fund dedicated to backing innovative filmmakers and challenging material. Lenny’s investments included Lynne Ramsay’s WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, Paddy Considine’s TYRANNOSAUR and Ben Wheatley’s KILL LIST. Lenny is currently a New York based consultant advising European producers on transatlantic co-production opportunities and working with Killer Films on its development slate.

Killer Films is in its busiest ever production cycle with Todd Haynes’ CAROL starring Cate Blanchett and STILL ALICE starring Julianne Moore both in post-production. Lenny is also active in developing Killers’ new Faculty of Digital Filmmaking at Stony Brook University. Killer has successfully adapted to a changing landscape and remains committed to new ideas as the basis of an eclectic slate.

Lenny was an expert contributor to the inaugural Berlinale Residency in 2012 and continues to support emerging European producers as a regular contributor to the Screen Leaders Programme run by Screen Training Ireland.


Lenny Crooks, Killer Films
Steen Bille, Film Commission, Danish Film Institute
Helena Danielsson, Hepp Film International

Participant Profile:
Producers with industry experience.

How to Apply:
Places are limited and pre-selected please apply online at www.screentrainingireland.ie.

Deadline for applications: Friday 4th of July 2014.
For further details contact helen.mcmahon@screentrainingireland.ie