‘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

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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
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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)

Panel:
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.


Chair:
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.

 

Tutors:
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

Actors Masterclass with Fionnula Flanagan in association with the Galway Film Fleadh

Actors Masterclass with Fionnula Flanagan –

Date: 11/07/2014
Duration: 3pm-6pm
Venue: The Radisson Hotel, Galway
Cost: €50.00

Course Profile:
The Actors Masterclass will be hosted by John Hubbard of Hubbard Casting and will provide an intensive interactive environment in the skills, methodology and aesthetics of film acting aimed at actors working or wanting to work more in film. The masterclass will cover such topics as:
• Starting out as an actor
• Dealing with casting directors
• Securing an agent
• Preparing for an audition
• Working on set
• Relationship with the director and many more

Tutors: Fionnula Flanagan

Participant Profile:
This masterclass is aimed at actors.

How to Apply:
All applications for the Actors Masterclass are made through the Galway Film Fleadh.  Please contact Brónagh Keys at 091-562200 or email: masterclasses@galwayfilmfleadh.com

The closing date for applications is: 1pm Friday 5th July 2014

The Next Big (Tax) BREAK – ACE Event at the Galway Film Fleadh

Date: 11/07/2014
Duration: 4pm – 6pm
Venue: The Radisson Hotel, Galway
Cost: €0.00

Course Profile:
A workshop presented by ACE (Ateliers du Cinéma Européen) and Bord Scannán na hÉireann /the Irish Film Board in association with Screen Training Ireland and the Galway Film Fleadh.

Fifteen European countries now have tax incentives, tax shelters or rebate schemes to support their film production industries, and at least five others are seriously considering introducing them. The schemes exist to provide additional support for national production; and they compete with each other – and with schemes now widely established across the rest of the world – to induce international producers with portable, high-budget film and TV productions to come and shoot locally.

Next year Ireland will launch a new incentive to replace its own Section 481, with a higher yield for producers and new features added. The design of the new scheme is in its final stages.

At this year’s Galway Film Fleadh, the producer-training organisation ACE will hold a round-table discussion which will put the new Irish scheme in its historical context, and assess its competitiveness and compatibility with other such incentives in Europe and beyond. Aimed at producers of all levels of professional experience with a serious interest in both evaluating and availing of the new incentive, this will also be a practical session that sets out how to make the most effective use of rebate schemes generally, individually and in combination.

Tax breaks for film production are nothing new: in the 1970s and 1980s tax-based provisions were devised to support film industries in Canada, Australia, Germany, the UK, even the US. Some of these were later discredited and abandoned. Ireland’s incentive, inaugurated in 1993 as Section 35 and later revised as Section 481, ushered in a new wave of schemes based on the rebate-of-expenditure principle, which have been very widely adopted, modified and modernised over the past 20 years.

The round-table will be moderated by Simon Perry, President of ACE, with key contributions provided by professionals with first-hand knowledge of incentive schemes in Germany, the UK, Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands, as well as by senior colleagues at the Irish Film Board.

Tutors: Simon Perry, President of ACE

Participant Profile:
Working producers with industry experience.

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

Deadline for applications: Wednesday the 2nd of July 2014.

For further details contact: helen.mcmahon@screentrainingireland.ie

Fishamble’s SWING on National Tour to Two Dozen Venues

Fishamble’s SWING on National Tour to Two Dozen Venues

Venezuela – What’s really happening

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The Charge d’Affaires of the Venezuelan Embassy to Ireland and the UK, Alvaro Sanchez, will address a meeting in Liberty Hall (Connolly Hall) on Monday, July 14th at 7pm on ‘What is Really Happening in Venzuela?’. All welcome.

Accent & Dialect workshop

Terry Besson is one of the UK’s leading Accent and Dialect specialists. His vast experience gained over 30 years working on film, TV, radio and theatre projects has give him a unique approach to the vocal and physical changes needed when approaching acting in another accent. His work has been honed with his time at many leading Drama schools and colleges.
Recently he has worked on such diverse projects as the films Awaydays (Red Union Films), Clubbed (Formosa Films), Welcome to the Punch (Between the Eyes Productions), Captain Phillips (Sony Pictures), Get Lucky (Gateway/Universal films), and TUPAC (Morgan Creek Productions), Kidnap Diaries (BBC4), the TV series Poirot (ITV), Privates (BBC1), Garrow’s Law (BBC1), and is currently voice consultant at London Zoo!

Course Outline:
An Accent and Dialect workshop focusing on accents most in demand in Ireland for Film and Television work; English regional (Yorkshire, Lancashire, West Midlands, West Country), London (Cockney) and Scottish (Edinburgh, Glasgow), Welsh (Southern), general Scandinavian and or General American, New York, New England, The Southern States (Texas, Plantation (The Costal States), Hill-Billy)

Course duration:
2 days 9.30-5.30 with breaks (Monday 11th & Tuesday 12th of August)
2 days 9.30-5.30 with breaks (Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th of August)
Friday 15th August Private Sessions available on a 1 to 1 basis.

Venue: The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1

Cost: €130 per course (Deposit of €50 payable by 10th of July)
Cost €60 per hour of 1 to 1 sessions

Participants: Actors and Voice Over Artists (by application)
Limited to 12 participants
Requirements: Apply with résumé to 5stonelightertheatrecompany@gmail.com

Irish Equity AGM

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The Irish Equity AGM will take place on Sunday 13th April 2014 For more information click here [Read more…]