I was delighted to cut this doc for Craig Speer about the life of Sam Barry, one of Irelands leading Tennis players. In between testing each other on 90’s Manchester United trivia I think we managed to fashion a unique look at a side of professional sport most people can’t imagine. I’m delighted with how this turned out.

It airs THURSDAY JULY 1ST at 9:30 on Eir 1

Ian O’Riordan in The Irish Times called it ‘the loneliest Irish sports documentary ever made’ which was pretty much what we set out to do.

In advance of the documentary Sam sat down with Jarlath Regan for his fantastic An Irishman Abroad Podcast

SYNOPSIS
Filmed over a two-year period, this observational documentary charts the trials and tribulations of Limerick native Sam Barry as he tries to break into the elite top 200 tennis players in the world. eir Sport 1, Thur, June 1st 21.30.

This is a story of grit, dedication and a will to succeed no matter what. Sam Barry, just 25, is one of Ireland’s leading tennis players. He is determined to make it in the professional ranks of this most competitive of sports. He spends 40-45 weeks of the year on the road, travelling around the world to play in tournaments that will help him improve his ranking and achieve his ultimate goal – a place in the top 200.

This is the less glamorous side of professional sport, but it is equally compelling in its own right. Directed by Craig Speer and produced by GMarsh TV for eir Sport, Sam Barry: Behind The Baseline shows us the hard yards, the rites of passage that nearly every top level sportsman or woman has to go through to make it to the big time. It’s a story of endless travel, of anonymous hotel rooms and airport departure lounges, of gut-wrenching training sessions and matches in near-empty arenas.

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Filmed and Directed by Craig Speer
Produced by Gillian Marsh
Edited by John Murphy
Music by Daragh Dukes

Crash and Burn has picked up the Torc for Best Sports Documentary at the Celtic Media Awards held this year in Douglas on the Isle of Man.
This is the second time a project I cut for producer David Burke and director Sean O’Cualain has won this award, we previously picked up the gong for ‘Rás Tailtean’ a few years back.
In recent years the awards have been kind to projects I’ve cut with Rás, Arkle and Paidí Ó Sé also winning awards. Despite promising to go every year, I’ve yet to make it to the event. Maybe Wales next year!!

Here’s Sean picking up the award last week
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and here’s the trailer to the film

Mattress Men bet out an incredibly strong field to win the George Morrison Award at the 2017 IFTA’s. This is a huge achievement and I’m delighted to have been part of it. I’m especially thrilled for Colm Quinn the director for whom this has taken up the best part of the last 3 years. Working with such a talented director was a real privilege moreover it was an honour to get to know such a wonderful guy.

Here’s director Colm Quinn picking up the award on the night

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The Moderators is a short film I cut for Ciaran Cassidy with whom 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 premiered earlier this year at SXSW in Austin where it was nominated for the Grand prix award for best short documentary.

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.

The Film has now been made available to watch online and it has already gone down a storm becoming a Vimeo staff pick as well as features in The New Yorker, Wired and Mashable among other. Check out the links below for more.

Anyways here’s the film…

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.

Media Coverage

The New Yorker
Wired
Mashable
The Verge
Digg
TechCrunch
The Journal
The Outline

Last week as part of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival we had the Irish premiere of ‘Photo City’ the film I co-directed with Traolach Ó Murchú. The film played to a full house and it went down a storm. We were delighted with the reaction the film got and are looking forward to the next part of its adventure!

Here is some of the best reaction to the film from twitter

Here are a few photos of me from the night.

 

For the last six months or so I’ve been beavering away on a film that I directed with  Traolach Ó Murchú called ‘Photo City’. If you follow me on Facebook or any social media, you’ve probably heard me mention it more than once. Its the story of Rochester,NY and that city unique relationship to photography. Anyways the film has its premiere this Tuesday in the IFI at 6 as part of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival. We are super excited about the screening, we released the trailer a few days back and it has been getting a great reaction.

Today we are proud to present the movie’s poster, designed by the wonderful team at revert design . I’m over the moon with it.

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If you are in Cork today, check out Crash & Burn in The Gate Cinema at 3.45pm. Screening as part of the Cork Film Festival the film charts how Dundalk-born Tommy Byrne went from driving a Mini Cooper in stock-car racing to the big-time in Formula One in a little over four years and for a fleeting moment in the 80s was the best driver in the world and a serious rival of Ayrton Senna’s. Tommy himself will be attending today and will take part in a post screening Q&A. One to catch if you can!

Tommy Byrne, the equivalent of George Best and Muhammad Ali of the 80’s motor racing scene and subject of upcoming five-star film Crash & Burn will also attend a number of preview screenings around the country ahead of the film’s release on 2ndDecember.

Tommy, who now lives in the US will travel back to Ireland to attend a number of special screenings and take part in Q&A’s with the film’s director in Cork, Dundalk, Dublin and Galway.

Tommy’s rise was meteoric and his fall spectacular.  He was a cocky, aggressive driver from humble roots and the F1 glitterati simply didn’t like the mix. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Seán Ó Cualáin, the documentary shines a light on one of professional racing’s most dashing and charismatic talents and a glittering career that was doomed before it ever began.  It is the story of the greatest F1 driver never to emerge.

Tickets are now available for the special screenings and Q&A’s.  Here are the details:

CORK – Saturday 19th November, Gate Cinema

The film will screen as part of the Cork Film Festival and tickets can be purchased through the festival website

DUNDALK – Thursday 1st December, Omniplex Dundalk

Tommy will head back to the town where he grew up and started his driving career.  Tickets for this event can be purchased on the Omniplex Dundalk website. 

DUBLIN – Friday 2nd December, Irish Film Institute

A special opening night screening of the film will take place in the IFI in Temple Bar.  Tickets can be purchased through the IFI website

GALWAY – Wednesday 7th December, The Eye Cinema

Crash & Burn’s director Seán Ó Cualáin will attend this screening and take part in a Q&A.  Tickets for this event can be purchased on The Eye Cinema website.

The film was produced by David Burke Dot TV & Film with funding from the Irish Film Board, RTE and BBC Northern Ireland.

Mondello Park are hosting a special screening of the film on 1st December ahead of the film’s release on 2nd December. A limited number of tickets are on sale now on the ODEON Cinemas Ireland website with a special introduction before the movie. Don’t miss out on seeing this incredible biopic for it’s only showing in Kildare. Get your tickets here http://bit.ly/2f8j3XP

Tommy was profiled in the Irish Independent earlier this week by Vincent Hogan, you can read that piece here

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Find out more about Crash & Burn

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Today is the big day, Mattress Men is finally available for Irish audiences to see after its successful trips to HotDocs in Toronto and to Sheffield DocFest. Its on today and all this week in the Lighthouse, the IFI, The Eye Cinema Galway, movies at Dundrum and in Swords and coming to other cinemas after that. Its also available on demand from Virgin media and from Volta.ie

I’m really hoping people get out and support the film as I’m ridiculously proud to have cut and to be associated with it. I think its really a special film, a unique picture of a Dublin rarely seen and an endearing tale of friendship that’ll make you laugh and make you cry. Colm Quinn, the films director has a unique skill at building a level of trust and empathy which is reflected back in the honesty and openness with which the films subjects Mick and Paul approached their story. It was a privilege to work with Colm on the film, one of the best and most challenging creative working experiences I’ve ever had. Honestly, I hope I’ll get to work on films as good as this again but if I don’t I’ll be happy to know that this film is out there.

Now of course I have a slightly biased opinion on this, I did spend six months cutting the film and have a lot emotional capital invested in its success. Not everyone is going to like it, that is true but thus far the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. Lets take a look…

★★★★ The Irish Times

“A very humane story about poverty, ambition and everyday struggle. Mattress Men feels like an essential snapshot of an ignored urban sector. Buy, buy, buy before all the tickets are gone!” – Donald Clarke

★★★★ Entertainment.ie

“A charming and uplifting documentary, this one is a real surprise. Bursting with heart, this touching and funny story will warm the cockles.” – Gavin Burke

★★★★ Scannain.com

“Mattress Men is a terrific and ultimately quite moving film that shows how austerity eats at the soul of people who we don’t generally see on screen. The direction by Quinn is light and the editing brings a fluid story together with both grace and a grin. Highly recommended.” – Jason Coyle

★★★★ Movies.ie

Mattress Men tells the story of the Irish recession and the devastating effect it had and still has on the country but it is hard not to root for the plucky, charming and flawed people at the heart of this film. – Brogen Hayes

Film Ireland

“This story is as human as it gets, Colm Quinn’s film is more than the success story of a salesman turned internet star/national treasure, it’s a warm and familiar story of nationhood and success” – Grace Corry

And heres just a sample of what some people have been saying online about the film

 

So you know get out there and go see the film in your cinema, bring your friends and all that.

I’ve been very quiet here recently, work commitments and how projects have fallen haven’t allowed me to devote the amount of time as I’d like to this blog.

But anyways here is some new work that I’ve been up to.

First up is the promo for Michael Keegan-Dolan’s new dance show Loch na hEala (Swan Lake) which premiers this October. This short film was made by Michael and beautifully shot by Colm Hogan and edited by myself.

 

Secondly I did a short video piece for Nemeton for the AIB GAA The Toughest Club Fuels County campaign with Tipperary Full Forward Michael Quinlavin.

I throughly enjoyed doing both these short pieces.

I’m delighted and honoured to have 2 feature films I cut showing at the prestigious Sheffield Doc Fest this weekend. I’m heading over to the festival and really looking forward to not only seeing the films but to also catch a whole host of other great documentaries. Sheffield is the worlds 3rd biggest documentary festival and only accepts a small number of films so I’m sure to catch some great films.

In advance of the weekend I chatted with IFTN about both films, you can read that interview here

First up is the world premiere of Seán Ó Cualáin’s Crash and Burn on Saturday which tells the story of Tommy Bryne. A racer, a raconteur, thief. The greatest racing car driver you’ve never seen. Here’s a short teaser of what to expect.

On Monday there is the European Premiere of Mattress Men. The film went down a treat last month at hot Docs and I’m looking forward to seeing how it does in Sheffield. The screening will be over with a good hour to spare before the first Ireland game of the Euro’s

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