Reaction to Trial of The Century

I’ve been away the past week so I haven’t had an opportunity to blog about the fantastic reaction to last weeks screening of the TV3 drama series ‘Trial of the Century’. In fact my flight landed in Toronto just as the second episode finished airing back home in Ireland and I turned on my phone in the airport and saw the overwhelmingly positive reaction to that episode. People responded really well to the series, especially the drama, people were less keen on the third documentary episode but the whole point of the series was to get people talking and I think the series managed to do just that.

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The Irish Times said “The large cast is exceptionally strong – one actor is more convincing than the next – and it’s a tightly filmed, surprisingly tense and beautifully made production, under the direction of  Maurice Sweeney”

The Irish Independent said “Trial of the Century is ambitious, intelligent and provocative…Trial of the Century had a tight, literate script, which manages to make labyrinthine matters comprehensible, and dry legal arguments entertaining. The tension is palpable; you get that tingle that something momentous is about to happen here.”

The Irish Daily Mail said it was the best drama TV3 have done.

Here is just a small taste of the reaction to the series from twitter where it was the top trending item in the country for the 3 nights it aired.

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Trailer Time

You wait ages for one and then 2 come along at the same time. Yesterday two separate projects that I’ve worked on ‘dropped’ teaser clips for their forthcoming release.

This weekend sees the broadcast of TV3’s 1916 centrepiece ‘Trial of the Century’. I’ve had a tremendous time editing this series over the past couple of months and I’m terribly proud of it. Firstly its an incredibly well written courtroom drama, which is something  I’ve always really wanted to cut and secondly it features some of the premier Irish talent in front of and behind the camera. It was an absolute privilege to work with director Maurice Sweeney and the guys at Loosehorse and Treasure.

The show features some incredible performances, not least Tom Vaughan-Lawlor who is electric as Patrick Pearse. I think people are really going to like it, well I bloody well hope so.

Here’s a trailer the TV3 guys put together for the series.

For more info on the series see its page on my website

 

Also released yesterday was the first short teaser clip from the Mattress Men documentary which we are taking to Toronto next week for HotDocs. I’m unspeakably excited about heading to Canada and seeing this film on the big screen. I’ve yet to see the final graded, mixed film so as you can imagine its something I’m really looking forward to. The lads let this little short clip into the wild yesterday and once again it appeared to ‘break the internet’. People it would seem have quite the appetite for Mattress Mick related news!

 

Again for more on the film see its page on my website.

Its happened to me in the past where you go months without nothing that you’ve worked on seeing the light of day and then all of a sudden a big burst of activity. Which usually means this oft-neglected blog will also gets a bit attention from me. Watch this space…

 

 

Mattress Men to Premiere at HotDocs in Toronto

So yesterday it was announced that ‘Mattress Men’, the feature documentary I spent a large part of last year editing for director Colm Quinn will have its world premiere at North America’s largest documentary film festival, HotDocs.

The film takes a peak behind the mattress telling the true story the man who made the legend that is Mattress Mick.

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In an attempt to save his struggling mattress business during the recession, sixty-something Michael Flynn teams up with aspiring filmmaker Paul Kelly to reinvent himself as the eccentric online persona ‘Mattress Mick’. Through Paul’s zany videos and creative use of social media Mattress Mick quickly becomes an unlikely local celebrity. However, as the business and Mick’s profile begins to grow, their friendship comes under increasing pressure.

Mattress Men is directed by Colm Quinn and is the first feature-length film from Dublin-based independent production companies El Zorrero Films and Faction Films. Mattress Men was funded by the Irish Film Board. The Film was produced by Dave Clarke and Ciaran Deeney with myself cutting, Colm shooting and Michael Fleming composing.

Earlier this year the same team (except me) produced one of the ‘After 16’ shorts Baring Arms which you can watch now on the RTE Player here. Its a great short, beautifully edited by Jordan Montminy that you should definitely check out.

Mattress Men will screen at HotDocs on the 3rd, 4th and 6th of May as part of the “Future Cult Classics” programme.

The announcement yesterday created quite a bit of buzz with the world clearly hungry for as much Mattress Mick as they can handle. Articles about the great mans forthcoming Toronto adventures appeared in Hot Press, the Daily Edge, Film Ireland and beyond.

Other Irish titles playing the festival include ‘The Land of the Enlightened’ and ‘Booby Sands:66 Days’. I’m looking forward to catching them at the festival.

Keep up to date with the project on twitter at @mattressMenFilm and the films official Facebook page

In the meantime, why not watch The Mattress Mick music video which features in the documentary ‘Back With a Bang’ to get a sense of what it is that Paul and Mick are all about…

Weather Report on RTE2 at 11:30 tonight

There is an opportunity to catch my brother Paul’s short film ‘The Weather Report’ tonight on RTE2 at 11:30. The film has had a great run on the festival circuit appearing at over 50 festivals at home and abroad. Paul picked up a few awards at the Limerick Film Festival and Boston Irish Film Festival. You can follow the film on Facebook and see the full list of festivals it has appeared at there.

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2015 and all that.

I have to say 2015 was a most enjoyable year. Professionally I may not have worked on the same volume of work as I did in 2014 but this year I had the luxury of working on longer form projects that more than made up for it.

I also made the decision early on that I wouldn’t let work get in the way of taking up opportunities like I had in the past (what was I doing not going to see The Last Days of Peter Bergmann in Sundance, like seriously what was I thinking). So this year I didn’t hesitate when I was invited to the launch of the TG4 series GAA USA in New York in March, I put a lot of work into the series so it was nice to get rewarded with a trip to my old stomping ground. It was also a great reward that the show seemed to connect so well with an audience, the show got a record number of hits on the TG4 player and got a great reaction online and later in the year an IFTA nomination.

Furthermore I didn’t hesitate to jump at the chance of doing some work in Glasgow at the start of May. It was really fun to work in a different country and I had a blast working with Les Wilson and the lovely people at Caledonia Tv. I got the work finished just in time to fly back and vote in the marriage equality referendum, which has to be one of the greatest days our country has seen. The work in Scotland was part of a project about the Battle of Waterloo which was a co-production with Tile Films in Dublin. Directed by Ruan Magan, the show was a nice mix of drama and documentary and played as a 90 minute special on the 200th anniversary of the battle for tg4 and a one hour for BBC Scotland. Really enjoyed working with Ruan  (as a sidenote, I recently watched and enjoyed his doc from a few years back about the Radharc films, worth a look if you can find them, I had them taped for over 3 years!) and indeed everyone at Tile Films.

In the middle of the edit of the Waterloo films, came the undisputed highlight of the year for me. My wife Máire released her debut novel to glowing reviews and the launch of the book was a great night I shan’t forget. It’s a tremendous achievement to not only write a novel but also to get it published. As well as the fantastic reviews in all the national papers, anyone who read the book really loved it. Hopefully more people will get their hands on it in 2016 and spread the love for what is a cracking read. The book, ‘Skin Paper Stone’ by Máire T. Robinson is of course still available in most bookshops (if its not ask for it!) and online. The book also provided us with the opportunity to visit book festivals and meet some lovely new people.

The rest of the year was taken up with working on 2 feature documentaries, one for director Colm Quinn and another with Seán O’Cualáin. Both of these films should see the light of day in 2016 and I’m super excited about them both. They are both currently still in post-production so I’ll hold off talking about them until they are ready to face the world.

The other main project I took on this year was ‘The Couch’, a lifestyle chat show for the RTE Player. The series was a different take on chat shows and was presented by Yvonne Tiernan, with whom I have worked for over ten years and produced by Dave Power. The show was directed by national treasure Anna Rodgers, who may well be an even bigger work-a-holic than I am. I was really pleased how the series turned out and delighted for Yvonne that the show found an audience. You can watch all the episodes now on the RTE Player

Sandwiched in between these jobs I also managed to help my friend Denis Fitzpatrick out on his short film ‘The Break’ which played at Galway and Cork amongst other festivals and I did a quick promo for my office mates at Second Captains. I also spent a couple of weeks editing a short documentary with Ross Whitaker and Aideen O’Sullivan about Colm Cooper’s return from injury.

This online documentary got a huge amount of hits, 90k and counting, and late in the year won a Kinsale Shark award.

In October, GAA USA and the 2014 Arkle documentary I cut were both nominated for an IFTA. It was a great night, especially for Luke McManus when Arkle took home the award. I even me a shout out on the stage. Cheers horse…

Arkle and the Paidi doc also picked up awards at the Celtic Media Awards in April. This year those awards are on in Dungarvan and I’m keen to head down, so hopefully something will get nominated.

So overall 2015 was pretty great as well as working on some really cool stuff, I had a blast doing it. Really looking forward to everything 2016 has to offer.

 

All episodes of The Couch available now.

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You can now watch all six episodes of Yvonne Tiernan’s excellent online series ‘The Couch’ on the RTE Player. I had the pleasure of cutting the series during the summer and its a lovely project that I’m very proud of. The series was directed by Anna Rodgers (national treasure Anna Rodgers) and produced by David Power.

The six episodes deal with ‘Beauty’, ‘Love’, ‘Motherhood’, ‘Mums & Dads’, ‘Work/Life‘ and ‘Wisdom’.

YOU CAN WATCH THE SERIES HERE

The Couch is a female driven weekly conversation series that captures women’s unique ability to engage in an open exchange of stories, intimacies, life lessons and wisdom. Surprisingly frank and honest, each episode deals with the universal themes of life with well-known Irish and international women.

The series is supported by a wonderful lifestyle website

With over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry, Yvonne (43) has assembled an impressive guest-list for her very first solo television project. Guests in this opening six-part series include Perfumier Jo Malone, Comedy Writer & Actress Sharon Horgan, Singer Songwriter Eddi Reader, TV Producer & Presenter Maia Dunphy, Guardian of Castle Leslie Sammy Leslie, Broadcaster Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh and Model & Agent Celia Holman-Lee.

A long time fan of interview shows, Yvonne identified a gap in the Irish television landscape for an interview series with a difference, one that provides a forum for women to talk about the challenges they face on a daily basis:

“I’m a Mum, a Wife, a Sister, a Daughter and a Friend too and I know I don’t have all of the answers. So, I am interested in finding out how other women are dealing with the same challenges. I want ‘The Couch’ to represent the conversations us women are having everyday so as you can imagine there are lots of tears and laughter on set. As a big fan of old school interview shows this whole experience is a kind of dream come true for me and I hope it’s the beginning of a whole new chapter in my career.”

Celtic Media Nominations

Delighted to say that both the Arkle and Paidi O Sé documentaries which I cut have been given a nomination in the best sports category for this years Celtic Media Awards. The awards are to be held in Inverness in just under a months time. The Festival is an annual three-day celebration of broadcasting, film talent and new-media excellence from Scotland, Isle of Man, Ireland, Cornwall, Wales and Brittany. Given my penchant for visiting Scotland as often as possible, there is a chance i might head over for this should my dates align. I’d say its a great couple of days

To see the full list of nominations click here

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5 days left to watch an tSneachta Mhoir!

There are only 5 days left to watch Bliain an tSneachta Mhoir on the TG4 player. give it a watch please if you can

YOU CAN WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY HERE

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 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.

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Sky Road Film Festival Line-up Announced

This morning the line-up for the first Sky Road Festival in Clifden was announced. This festival offers something that no other Irish film festival offers and that is a chance to celebrate the diverse range and talent of our documentary television industry. Its probably the thing we do best in this country so its fantastic we finally can get to celebrate it.

Among the films showing at the festival I’m thrilled to have 4 projects that I cut showing.

First up is my brothers short film ‘The Weather Report’ which is showing on the Friday of the festival at 4:30

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Saturday morning at 10am, after a very successful festival run abroad we have the Irish premiere of One Ocean No Limits

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Then at 3:00pm on Saturday I’m very excited that the world premiere of “From Tee to Green:the story of Irish golf” which I have just finished the offline edit on will be showing for the first time anywhere in the world. I’m looking forward to seeing that on a big screen and finding out what people think of it. It’s a cracking series that I’m quite proud of and its great that it gets to debut at this festival.

Finally on the sunday Irish audiences have another chance to see ‘The Last Days of Peter Bergmann’

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The festival is also showing work by some of Irelands leading documentary makers including Anna Rodgers, Paddy Hayes, Pat Collins, David Power, Keith Walsh & Jill Beardsworth, Brian Reddin and Maurice Sweeney.

If you can make it to the festival, it will be really worth it. Its on Fri- Sun 4-6th of September. Best of luck to the organisers and well done on what is a great addition to the Irish festival circuit.