I only went and won an IFTA.

The winners of the IFTA awards, hosted by the Irish Film & Television Academy, were announced last week. I was delighted to be among the winners for my editing on ‘An Cailin Ciúin’. It’s a huge honour for me and I’m thrilled that my peers in the editing branch of the Academy chose to recognise me.

Groundbreaking Win for the Irish Language

Hollywood Leading Man Chris Pine (Star Trek, Wonder Woman) presented the Best Film Award on the night, which went to An Cailín Ciúin, written and directed by Colm Bairéad.  A historic milestone for the IFTA Awards, when an Irish language feature film has won Best Film.  In her emotional acceptance speech, the film’s producer Cleona Ní Chrualaoi, who is married to the director, said “I think this is a watershed moment for Irish Language Cinema and we’re just so proud to be part of this.”

Chris Pine acknowledged the power of Irish storytelling: “I’ve long been a fan of Irish Storytelling, and I’ve had the pleasure of performing in Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore.  I love your countryside, and I’ve had the pleasure of spending time in Galway, the Aran Islands, and Dublin, and just recently I had the good fortune to do some filming in Antrim.”

He also praised the standard of Irish screencraft saying: “Throughout tonight, you have seen first-hand the incredible films and filmmakers you have in Ireland….I salute and congratulate all of you! “

Bairéad also took home the award for Best Director Film, which was presented by Irish acting Legend Gabriel Byrne. Accepting the award Bairéad said: “Oh my God!  Wow!  That’s amazing! Thank you IFTA for this extraordinary honour. Thanks to the Cine4 Scheme, which made our film possible, Screen Ireland, and the BAI (Broadcasting Authority of Ireland). Thank you guys for believing in our quiet little film that has a big heart.”

An Cailín Ciúin’s success continued when young debutante Catherine Clinchreceived the Best Lead Actress Film award from Marvel’s Daredevil and lead of Kin, Charlie Cox. An emotional Clinch, shocked by the win, was joined by her mother who said: “Catherine said there was absolutely no way she would win so she didn’t prepare anything as that would look cocky and there was no way. So thank you so much!”

An Cailín Ciúin Wins in Berlin

Following its world premiere at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl) has won The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for Best Film and a special mention from the children’s jury.

This is a historical first for an Irish-language film and speaking about the award Director Colm Bairéad said: “It was truly an honour to have our World Premiere at the Berlinale next to so many wonderful films in the Generation Kplus programme this year. For An Cailín Ciúin to have won the Grand Prix is an overwhelming vindication of TG4, Screen Ireland and the BAI in their vision for indigenous, Irish-language cinema and its potential to reach far beyond our shores. It’s also a beautiful tribute to the extraordinary work of our cast and crew, most especially the wonderful Catherine Clinch, who was the light that guided us through the making of this film.”  

Commenting on the win, Désirée Finnegan, Chief Executive of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, said: “Comhghairdeas ó chroí le Colm Bairéad agus an bhfoireann chruthaitheach an scannán An Cáilín Ciúin. Huge congratulations to Colm Bairéad and the creative team behind An Cailin Ciuin.  We are so proud to have supported this special film as part of the Cine 4 fund in partnership with TG4 & BAI. It’s fantastic to see history to be made at the Berlinale as the first Irish-language feature film to screen at the festival. Irish language film production has been revitalised in recent years, fostering new and emerging voices with universal stories to tell and is being watched by audiences around the world.”

Alan Esslemont, Director General TG4 said: “Heartfelt congratulations to Cleona Ní Chrualaoi, Colm Bairéad and all the team at Inscéal who worked on ‘An Cailín Ciúin’ for their outstanding work and for the wonderful reception their film has received both from audiences and critics.  I’d like to thank my own colleagues in TG4 and our partners in Screen Ireland and the BAI for their outstanding and pioneering commitment to cinema in the Irish language.  Yet again the Cine4 scheme has attracted the highest international acclaim and this is a clear testimonial of the quality of the creative and artistic talent at present working through Irish in Ireland.”

Nell Roddy, Co-founder of Break Out Pictures added: ” An Cailín Ciúin is an incredibly moving, beautiful and accomplished film and we are delighted the whole team are getting the recognition they so richly deserve. We look forward to bringing it to cinema audiences later this year.”

An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl) tells the story of Cáit (Catherine Clinch) – a nine year-old girl from an overcrowded, dysfunctional family who is sent away to live with foster parents for the summer. Despite a warm reception from the woman, Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley), the man of the house, Seán (Andrew Bennett), keeps his distance from Cáit and she from him, but over time, their strained relationship begins to deepen. Slowly, in the care of the Kinsellas, Cáit blossoms and discovers a new way of living. But in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one painful truth. 

Based on the acclaimed story, Foster by Claire Keegan, An Cailín Ciúin is a complex and delicate coming-of-age drama that explores questions of family, neglect and loss through the eyes of its young protagonist. 

An Cailín Ciúin is the feature film debut of writer/director, Colm Bairéad and producer, Cleona Ní Chrualaoi of Inscéal. The film was funded by Screen Ireland, TG4 and the BAI as part of the Cine4 scheme.  

Break Out Pictures will release An Cailín Ciúin in cinemas later this year. 

The film will open The Dublin International Film Festival on February 23rd.

Great response to ‘The Tommy Tiernan Show’

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There was a fantastic reaction to the first episode of the ‘The Tommy Tiernan Show’ which aired last Saturday on RTE One. It was a big hit with audiences and critics alike, with the Irish Independent saying ‘The Tommy Tiernan Show has shaped up into the best Irish chat show in years

Brian Lloyd from entertainment.ie said ‘The Tommy Tiernan Show’ flies in the face of several conventions of chat show TV. For one, Tommy Tiernan never knows who’s coming out to talk to him. This means every single one of his questions is on the fly, as he reacts and thinks of them, allowing for a more natural flow of conversation. So often, chat shows are remembered by the moments in which there’s an off-kilter moment that nobody plans for. A question will be asked that sparks an unexpected response, a joke may not land in the way it’s expected, or even an audience reaction will be provoked when unintended.’The Tommy Tiernan Show’ lives in that zone in every episode, allowing for an authentic experience that is so desperately lacking in most TV today.

Peter Crowley in The Irish Times said of the shows premise ‘The effect is electric, not because it is a masterclass in improvisation, but for the same reason a tightrope walker becomes more riveting without a safety net. More to the point, this is how people reveal themselves; not in prepared confessions but by gradually discarding their carapaces, not in straight lines but circles.In Tiernan, they all find someone who seems a rare breed in contemporary talk shows – a genuine listener. What does it say about the format, that this refreshing approach seems like the riskiest strategy of all?’

The show got a great response on Twitter as well and Joe.ie have collated some of the best reactions here

Rome v Republic airs tonight at 10:10

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Rome V Republic, examines the relationship between Church and state in Ireland from the time of Wolfe Tone, through independence and into the modern era. Presented by former Minister for Justice Michael McDowell it airs tonight on RTE One at 10:10pm.

I was delighted to edit this documentary for director Niamh Sammon. It was produced by Lucia Gavin and Yvonne Nolan, the film was shot by Richard Kendrick and scored by Nick Norton-Smith
I’m very proud of this one.
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Tir Eoghain nominated for Celtic Media Festival

Delighted that Tír Eoghain: The Unbreakable Bond has been nominated for the Best Sports Documentary at the 2019 Celtic Media Festival to be held this June in Aviemore, Scotland.

Programmes Ive edited have had some success in this category over the last five years with Páidá Ó’Sé, Arkle, Rás Tailtean and Crash and Burn all winning in the last five years. It would be great to add Tír Eoghain to this list as I’m incredible proud of it and I had a great time cutting it with director Declan McGrath and producer Michael O’Maille.

The competition is very competitive this year so lets see!

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The full list of nominees in all categories is available here.

My Broken Brain airs RTE ONE 9:35

Over 700,000 people in Ireland suffer from some form of neurological condition. As this number is set to increase as the population ages, the importance of brain research cannot be underestimated. Over the course of this programme, we follow patients experiencing four such conditions; Epilepsy, Motor Neurone Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease – as they undergo testing, surgery and treatment.

IFTA Nominated

Delighted to have been nominated for an Editing IFTA for my work on ‘Giles’

That show is also nominated for best Sports Programme.

Also nominated in that category is ‘Crash and Burn’ which I also cut.

Looking forward to a great night with lots of my pals!

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Full list of nominations…

ENTERTAINMENT

Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge (Mind the Gap)
Dancing with the Stars (ShinaWil)
Ireland’s Got Talent (Kite Entertainment/Green Inc Film and TV)
The Tommy Tiernan Show (Power Pictures)

COMEDY

Bridget & Eamon (Pureclass Productions/RTE)
Derry Girls (Hat Trick / Channel 4)
Mrs Brown’s Boys (BOC Productions / BBC/RTE)
The Young Offenders (Vico Films/ BBC3/RTE)

FACTUAL

Creedon’s Shannon (RTE Cork)
Hector Central (Good Company Productions/TV4)
Room to Improve (Coco Television)
Schizophrenia: The Voices in My Head (Frontline Films)

DOCUMENTARY SERIES

Éire Fhiáin An Cósta Thiar (Crossing the Line / TG4)
John Connors: The Travellers (Scratch Films / RTE)
Keeping Ireland Alive – The Health Service In a Day (IndiePics / RTE)
The Zoo TV Series (Moondance / RTE)

DOCUMENTARY SINGLE

Autism and Me (Firebrand / RTE)
The Great Irish Sell-Off (RTÉ Factual)
Pearl Harbor – The Heroes Who Fought Back (360 Productions/Discovery)
Shaw: My Astonishing Self (Animo TV / RTE)
We Need to Talk about Dad (Waka TV/RTE)

SOAP / CONTINUING DRAMA

Fair City (RTE)
Red Rock (TV3)
Ros na Rún (TG4)

FEMALE PERFORMANCE

Cathy Belton – Red Rock (TV3)
Sharon Horgan – Catastrophe ((Merman & Avalon TV / Channel 4))
Seana Kerslake – Can’t Cope Won’t Cope (Deadpan Productions / RTE)
Saoirse-Monica Jackson – Derry Girls (Hat Trick/Channel 4)
Hilary Rose – Young Offenders (Vico Films / BBC3/RTE)

MALE PERFORMANCE

Sean McGinley, Fir Bolg (Dearg Films / TG4)
Chris Newman, Red Rock (TV3)
Brendan O’Carroll, Mrs Brown’s Boys (BOC Productions for BBC/RTE)
Tommy Tiernan, Derry Girls (Hat Trick / Channel 4)
Chris Walley, The Young Offenders (Vico Films/ BBC3/RTE)

LIVE EVENT

Big Week on the Farm (IndiePics/RTE)
Storm Ophelia: A 3 News Special (TV3)
TG4XX BEO (Gifted Empire/TG4)
Weather Live (Loosehorse/RTE)

REALITY & CONSTRUCTED REALITY

First Dates Ireland (Coco TV / RTE)
Francis Brennan’s Grand Vietnamese Tour (Waddell Media / RTE)
Gogglebox Ireland (Kite Entertainment / TV3)
Painting the Nation (IndiePics / RTE)

SPECIALIST FACTUAL

Aerial Ireland (Tile Films / Smithsonian)
Fairytale of New York (RTE)
Portrait of a Gallery (Wildfire Productions / RTE)
Wild Ireland – The Edge of the World (Crossing the Line / BBC NI/TG4)

SPORTS

Anthony Foley: Munsterman (Wildfire Productions / RTE)
Crash and Burn (DotTV/RTE)
Giles ( Loosehorse/RTE)
Pull Like A Dog (Wildfire/RTE)

CURRENT AFFAIRS

BBC NI Spotlight – The Nama Tapes: Corruption
Claire Byrne Live (RTE)
RTE Investigates – Nightmare to Let
The Tonight Show (TV3)

NEWS

BBC Newsline
Brexit Gets Triggered : A 3 News Special
RTE Six One News

CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE’S – LIVE ACTION

Bernard Dunne’s Mythical Heroes (Firebrand/RTE)
Drop Dead Weird (Telegael/RTE)
Is Eolaí Mé (Meangadh Fíbín TG4)
Lurgan 2K17 (Iris Productions /TG4)

ANIMATION –CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE

The Day Henry Met (Wigglywoo)
Lily’s Driftwood Bay (Sixteen South)
Little Roy (Jam Media)
Vampirina (Brown Bag)

IRISH LANGUAGE

Fir Bolg (Dearg Films / TG4)
Frank O’Connor Idir Dhá Shruth (Animo TV/TG4)
Rocky Ros Muc (Below the Radar)
Ros na Run (EO Teilifis/Tyrone Productions / TG4)

DIRECTOR COMEDY/SOAP

Cathy Brady, Can’t Cope Won’t Cope (Deadpan Productions /RTE)
Jason Butler, Bridget and Eamon (Pureclass Productions / RTE)
Diarmuid Goggins, Red Rock (TV3)
Peter Foott, The Young Offenders (Vico Films / BBC3/RTE)

WRITER COMEDY/SOAP

Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe (Merman & Avalon TV / Channel 4)
Stefanie Preissner, Can’t Cope Won’t Cope (Deadpan Productions /RTE)
Lisa McGee, Derry Girls (Hat Trick/Channel 4)
Peter Foott, The Young Offenders (Vico Films / BBC3/RTE)

DIRECTOR TELEVISION

Kim Bartley, Schizophrenia The Voices in My Head (Frontline Films/RTE)
Gerry Hoban Shaw, My Astonishing Self (Animo TV/RTE)
Garry Keane, Deafening (Mind the Gap / RTE)
Aoife Kelleher, We Need to Talk About Dad (Waka TV / RTE)

CAMERA TELEVISION

Patrick Jordan, The Young Offenders (Vico Films / BBC3/RTE)
Ciaran Tanham, Red Rock (TV3)
Mick O’Rourke, Sacred Sites (Tile Films / Smithsonian Channel)
Domenico Pontillo, Wild Ireland – the Edge of the World (Crossing the Line / BBC NI/TG4)

EDITING TELEVISION

Iseult Howlett, Shaw My Astonishing Self (Animo TV / RTE)
John Murphy, Giles (Loosehorse/RTE)
Jamie Fitzpatrick, Wild Ireland – the Edge of the World (Crossing the Line / BBC NI/TG4)
Bob Caldwell, Pearl Harbor The Heroes Who Fought Back (360 Productions / Discovery)

SOUND TELEVISION

Daniel Crowley, Jordan Mullen & Fionan Higgins – The Young Offenders
Mick Cassidy & Killian Fitzgerald for Sacred Sites
Paddy O’Hanlon, Garret Farrell & Michelee Fingleton Can’t Cope Won’t Cope
Fiachra O’Hanlon and Killian Fitzgerald Pearl Harbour The Heroes who Fought Back (360 Productions / Discovery)

Best Children’s and Young People’s

Bernard Dunne’s Mythical Heroes
Drop Dead Weird
Is Eolai Me
Lurgan 2K17

Best Animation

The Day Jenry met
Driftwood Bayt
Roy Littleroy
Vampirina

‘An Phairc’ airs tonight on TG4

A documentary I cut for Nemeton and director Ronan O’Donoghue airs tonight on TG4. ‘An Phairc’ tells the story of Phairc Ui Chaoimh, its recent rebuild and some of the massive games and events that have taken place there over the years.
Its a cracking doc that finally allowed me to cut something about Hurling! I’ve done every other sport!
The doc also contains loads of great archive including a magic piece featuring my uncle Jim Carney.

Here’s the press release…
The documentary gives an inside view into the rebuilding of Páirc Uí Chaoimh. It will air on TG4 at 9:30pm, Wednesday 27 September.
In the suburbs of Cork, not far from the city centre and on the banks of its own lovely Lee, lies Cork’s favourite playground; Páirc Uí Chaoimh. For well over a hundred years, this spot has been the mecca for the people of the city and beyond to come and see epic sporting battles and headline music acts.
Now as the famous old stadium has completed its refurbishment, TG4’s An Pháirc will look back on some of the biggest stories to emerge from the “the park” and will tell some new ones never heard before.
Alongside the documenting of a cultural icon, the documentary follows the story of the demolition and reconstruction of a brand new stadium, with behind-the-scenes footage filmed over two years all the way to opening day.
Telling the tale will be GAA heroes such as Billy Morgan, Jack O’Shea, Paul Flynn, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and Barney Rock, as well as legendary broadcaster Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Oliver Barry the promoter who brought the likes of Michael Jackson and Prince to Cork.
TG4 Sports Editor, Rónán Ó Coisdealbha says, “For scores of thousands of Irish people, this stadium holds many special memories of hurling and football matches and entertainment events held there over the years. This programme will evoke those heady days for many TG4 viewers and is bound to be popular with our audience, at home and abroad.”
Produced by Nemeton TV, and directed by award-winning director Ronan O’Donoghue, An Pháirc is a must see for sports and music fans from all over Ireland.
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The Moderators shortlisted for Grierson

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The Moderators, the short documentary I cut for Ciaran Cassidy, I’m delighted to say has been shortlisted for this years Grierson Awards. Absolutely thrilled with this as The Griersons are the pinnacle of documentary awards on these Islands.

Ciaran Cassidy and I worked on ‘The Last Days of Peter Bergmann’ and his co-director this time journalist Adrian Chen, a staff writer with The New Yorker and frequent contributor to a whole range of publications.
The film was produced by Colum McKeown with Laura Poitras (Citizen Four), AJ Schnack and Charlotte Cook for Field of Vision, an online platform for challenging documentaries.

SYNOPSIS
In an office in India, a cadre of Internet moderators ensures that social media sites are not taken over by bots, scammers, and pornographers. The Moderators shows the humans behind content moderation, taking viewers into the training process that workers go through in order to become social media’s monitors.

NOMINATED
Grierson Short Documentary Award
Grand Prix SXSW Short Documentary

SELECTED
SXSW 2017
Sheffield DocFest 2017

You can watch the film below

The Full shortlist is here

Reaction to ‘Giles’ documentary

The reaction to the ‘Giles’ documentary which I cut for Loosehorse was incredible. It was watched by a huge audience figure and was the number one trending item in Ireland for twitter for a few days.

Liam Fay writing in the Sunday Times called it “a compelling chronicle of his life story and lifetime devotion to football…Giles was one of the year’s best home-grown documentaries, a film as much about the evolution of modern Ireland as the development of Irish football.”

In the Irish Examiner, Larry Ryan wrote “Giles, a lovely gentle film by Loosehorse, retraced the route through a football life of our greatest football man. The beauty of Giles the film, much like Gilesy the player, was simplicity. It let him talk. Pull the strings. It did the bread and butter stuff right.”

John Byrne writing for RTE website said “There was so much to savour in this compelling and almost flawless documentary it’s hard to figure where to begin.”

Here are some selected tweets about the film. There were 1000’s of them…