Standby in cinemas NOW.

“The best Irish film this year” ★★★★
“Heart warming….a delight” ★★★★ Total Film
“Incredibly Charming” ★★★★
“A love-letter to Dublin” ★★★★ Today FM
“Sweet little movie” ★★★★ Irish Independent


the film can be seen in the following cinemas

Arc Cinema Drogheda
Carrick Cineplex
Century Cinema Letterkenny
Cinema Killarney
Cineworld Dublin
Dublin Savoy
Empire Movieplex – Ennis
Gaiety Arklow
Gaiety Sligo
IMC Athlone
IMC Ballina
IMC Ballymena
IMC Carlow
IMC Clonmel
IMC Dun Laoghaire
IMC Dundalk
IMC Enniskillen
IMC Galway
IMC Kilkenny
IMC Mullingar
IMC Oranmore
IMC Santry
IMC Tallaght
IMC Thurles
IMC Tullamore
Odeon Blanchardstown
Odeon Coolock
Omniplex Cork
SGC Castlebar
Showtime Ashbourne
Showtime Limerick
The Eye Galway
The Gate Mallow
The Gate Midleton
VUE Liffey Valley


Showrunners – Some Reactions

Showrunners was released last week on VOD and it has been going down a storm thus far, I decided to grab a few tweets from the ether to illustrate some of the reaction. I’ve probably missed loads of the better ones but anyways here we go…

If you haven’t seen the film you can watch the film here
Volta in Ireland
Itunes in the US/Canada
Itunes in the UK
Also gives me an oppurtunity to repost this awesome pic of Des from the Television Academy Screening

Some reviews from the press

Some reviews from the blogosphere

Some twitter love from fans out there…

Standby Screens in Cork this Weekend!!!

Really looking forward to seeing STANDBY in Cork this weekend. There is a Gala screening of the film this Saturday at 9:00 in the beautiful surroundings of the Cork Opera House as part of the Cork Film Festival. This is the first time members of the public can see the film and I am excited to see how they respond.

The film is the feature film debut of directors Rob and Ronan Burke, the lads previously directed several award winning short films and its a hoot. Its a really sweet, very funny, very Irish take on the romantic comedy genre. It stars Brian Gleeson and Jessica Paré (Megan Draper from Mad Men) as well as a host of Irish comedic talent.  I co-edited the film with Tony Kearns and it was quite simply one of the best experiences I’ve had in an edit suite. Working with the Burke brothers in getting the film finished was exactly how I wanted editing a feature film to be, creatively challenging, hard, rewarding work interspersed with regular quotes from Seinfeld and the US Office. The lads, producer John Wallace and especially writer Pierce Ryan can all be justifiably proud of what is a cracking film.

“The best Irish film this year” ★★★★
“Heart warming….a delight” ★★★★ Total Film
“Incredibly Charming” ★★★★
“A love-letter to Dublin” ★★★★ Today FM

So if you are in Cork this weekend, GO SEE IT, its on Saturday at 9:00 in the Cork Opera House. tickets are available here

Dave Tynan’s short film about the early years of Roy Keane, ROCKMOUNT will screen before the film so don’t be late!

Also on in Cork as part of the festival (Sun 4:15) is another chance to see SHOWRUNNERS, you can buy tickets fro that here

Here’s the trailer for Standby

The film will be on general release from November 14th. You can see a full list of where to see the film here

Here’s a synopsis of the story

Twenty-something Alan is down on his luck. Stood up at the altar and recently fired from his banking job, he finds himself working with his mother as a part-time tourist advisor at Dublin Airport.  It’s there he comes face to face with first love Alice, stuck on standby for a flight home to New York. Their summer romance ended eight years previously with Alan promising to return to the US one day. He never did, and they haven’t spoken since. Seizing his chance, Alan convinces a reluctant Alice to stay one more night in Dublin. Over the course of an unforgettable evening, they may just realise that they are more compatible than ever. But time is running out on this brief encounter. When does an unexpected second chance, become the one you’ve always been looking for?

STANDBY is about what happens when your 20’s don’t go how you planned and falling in love, with a girl and a city again.


Showrunners Panel at the Television Acaademy

Showrunners is on release at the moment and has gone down an absolute storm, everyone involved with the film is absolutely delighted with the response. Often when you cut something you’ve no idea if people will like it or indeed if they’ll even watch the finished product. So it was great to see so much positive feed back for the film online over the weekend. The film is the number on watched film on itunes over the weekend in the states and that is incredible. I’ll collate some of the responces to the film in a later post.

You can watch the film here
Volta in Ireland
Itunes in the US/Canada
Itunes in the UK

In the meantime, heres the Q&A that accompanied the film’s premiere at the prestigious Academy of Television in Los Angeles. Several of the Showrunners featured in the film contributed for a lively and very funny conversation about the film and their job. It is well worth a watch, plus you get to see some exclusive clips from the film.

Its also really interesting to see how Americans really struggle to pronounce the name Des…

It won’t embed correctly but you can follow the link to here


Bliain an tSneachta Mhóir airs tonight

Bliain an tSneachta Mhóir airs tonight on TG4 at 9:30.
I’m extremely proud to have cut this documentary as I think its a beautiful little film expertly directed by Colm Bairead. I worked with Colm on last years triple IFTA nominated documentary series ‘An Ceoldrama’ and I think our working together has been fruitful and quite a bit of fun too. The show was produced by Eileen Seoige from Abu Media in Galway and commissioned by Proinsias Ní Ghráinne for TG4, both of whom were delighted with the documentary.

I know there is a certain ratings juggernaut on RTE tonight at the same time but if you’re not one of those people watching Love/Hate, why not give this a watch or at least set it to record. I hope you won’t be disappointed.

The documentary itself is a look back at one of the coldest winters in Ireland in living memory, a freak ice age that lasted two months. In late January 1947 a cold front left Ireland in an arctic grip with temperatures plummeting to -14°C. The country came to virtual standstill and isolated farms and villages ran low on food, fuel and animal fodder. With firsthand accounts from those who remember it well, and the use of archive film and newspaper articles, this is the story of the Big Freeze.

TG4 Sunday 26th October – 9:30

Showrunners released in Irish Cinemas TODAY

The day is finally here, Showrunners, the feature documentary I spent a good chunk of 2013 cutting is being released into the wild. Slightly nervous about it but also very proud of the work as well. I just hope people like it and indeed support it.

Irish Audiences can catch the film in the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin and the Eye Cinema in Galway for this coming week. The film will be available in Ireland on Volta and on itunes in 2 weeks time but if you have the chance to see it on the big screen, its definitely worth it.

Here’s our new trailer

This was among the hardest things I’ve ever had to cut, there is no doubt that feature documentaries are TOUGH but I would be happy enough spending the rest of my career doing them. In this case, I would not have been able to do it without the help from obviously both Des Doyle the director and John Wallace the producer but also Michael Higgins. Anyone you works with Michael know he can do just about anything, he was a great assistant to have on this film and helped us out of a hole on many, many occasions. Also big shout out to Mick Mahon, Shane Callan and everyone at EMC Post and Avatar for their contributions in the post process and indeed all those other people who helped the film out along the way. I think we’ve managed to make something that we can all be proud of.


“Showrunners” is the first ever feature length documentary film to explore the fascinating world of US television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. These are the people responsible for creating, writing and overseeing every element of production on one of the United State’s biggest exports – television drama and comedy series.

Often described as the most complex job in the entertainment business, a showrunner is the chief writer / producer on a TV series and, in most instances, the show’s creator. Battling daily between art and commerce, showrunners manage every aspect of a TV show’s development and production: creative, financial and logistical.

You can read about some of the films stars here on our website

The film will be getting a limited cinema release in the USA from Oct 31, playing in selected cinemas in New York and Los Angeles and will be available to but from itunes as well. In fact it is already available on pre order in the US and Canada. That can be done here.

If that wasn’t enough showrunners, you can also order the companion book from amazon here. Its a really great book that compliments the film very well and is well worth a purchase. The book is also available to buy in Ireland from most good bookstores.

Film Festival in Dublin this weekend.

A busy weekend for film lovers in Dublin this weekend as both the Fingal Film Festival and the IFI Stranger than Fiction are on in the city. I’m lucky to have films I cut in both.

At 4pm today in Fingal we have a screening of Sarah McCann’s One Ocean No Limits
One Ocean: No Limits is the first Irish documentary on the subject of the extreme sport of ocean rowing, follows a young Irish novice rower through the highs and lows of rowing unassisted as part of a crew of six across the vast Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to Barbados.
The film is nominated for an award in the festival as best feature documentary.
The Fingal Film Festival is now in its third year and they have a pretty impressive line-up this year. Mind you its almost impossible to find the schedule of films on their website and when you do find it you have to squint at it as its basically a jpeg. It’s very frustrating when you’re trying to figure out when your film is actually on. Hopefully they will sort it out for next year

The IFI Stranger than Fiction Festival kicked off last night. The festival is Irelands premier documentary film festival and programmer Ross Whitaker has once again gathered together a stellar line up of documentaries from around the world.
Tomorrow afternoon we have the screening of the new IFB Reality Bites shorts and among those we have the world premiere of Ben Jones documentary ‘Under Open Skies’ which I had the pleasure of cutting. The doc is a nostalgic look at Irelands abandoned outdoor handball alleys and I cannot wait to see it on the big screen where I think it’ll be mightily impressive.

Sunday in the festival also see the World Premiere of Showrunners at 8 but i’ll probably post about that over the weekend.

Screenings Tonight

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The Weather Report screens tonight in Galway as part of Culture Night. An Taibhdhearc tonight plays host to a series of short films, kicking off at half seven. If you are in Galway you should definetly head down. The selection of shorts plays at 7.30pm, 8.15pm, 9pm and 9.45pm. The line-up is: Rubaí, The Weather Report , Somewhere Down the Line , The Usual and Rival Chivalry.

This screening marks the beginning of a busy few weeks for my brothers short, TWR will be screening at a host of festivals at home and abroad. It has its North American premiere also today at The San Francisco Irish Film Festival as part of a very select bunch of shorts.

Also included on that list and screening at that festival is The Last Days of Peter Bergmann, which is continuing to screen at festivals.

As well as the screening in California, it is screening in Athens as part of the Athens International Film Festival. Director Ciaran Cassidy is in the greek capital for the event as a guest of honour by invitation of the Irish Ambassador. He’s probably reading this eating some feta right now…

The Break Fundraiser

the break

So a friend of mine, Denis Fitzpatrick earlier this year made a short film with Ken Williams and the 2 lads are having a fundraiser this saturday night in Sweeneys on Dame St from 8:30 to help cover their post production costs. It looks like i’ll be a great night with stand up from Cian McGarrigle, Keith Fox and Cormac Moore and performances from Emmet Kirwin, Aoibheann McCann and the quite wonderful Miriam Donohue. There is a small €5 cover charge at the door which is more than reasonable.
Please do come down and support the lads..

Here’s the trailer for the film

Todays the day to donate to ‘The Queen of Ireland’. DO IT

Over the last few weeks the good people at Blinder Films have been raising money on Indiegogo for a very exciting and important project. Its a feature documentary about ‘Panti Bliss’ called ‘the Queen of Ireland’. So far the campaign has raised over 30,000 but is still 20 grand shy of their 50k total. A very generous backer has come on board and offered to match whatever money is raised today Sep 5th. So TODAY IS THE DAY TO DONATE

You can do that HERE

This is a very worthy cause so give what you can. Here’s some more info on the film…

Here’s a sneak peak promo form the film

Panti Bliss is many things: part glamorous aunt, part Jessica Rabbit, she’s a wittily incisive performer with charisma to burn who is regarded as one of the best drag queens in the business.

Created by Rory O’Neill, Panti is also an accidental activist and in her own words ‘a court jester, whose duty is to say the un-sayable’. Over the last few years Rory has become a figurehead for LGBT rights in Ireland and since the recent scandal around Pantigate, his fight for equality and against homophobia has been recognised all around the world.

“Being gay pushed me, pushed us to think. And from it came an explosion of art, politics, passion. A lust for life and all it could be. “

– Rory O’Neill

The Queen of Ireland is not just about Panti Bliss the performer, or Rory O’Neill the accidental activist. It is about how one man in a dress has mobilized a nation and an international community to stand up and fight against injustice.