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


KOTT available on iTunes

King of the Travellers hits International Territories

To coincide with St. Patrick’s Day King of the Travellers has been released on multiple VOD platforms including iTunes across over 40 international territories including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Israel and Singapore. Written and directed by Mark O’Connor and produced by Cormac Fox, the film is distributed by VOD aggregator Under The Milkyway.

The release is made possible with the financial support of the Irish Film Board (IFB) and IPEDA MUNDUS, a project funded by the MEDIA Programme of the European Commission to further international cooperation in the audiovisual field.

View trailer here:

See Sundance short ‘The Last Days of Peter Bergmann’ in Dublin

Sundance finished over the weekend and among the Irish representation was Ciaran Cassidy’s film ‘The Last days of Peter Berrmann’ which I had the great pleasure of cutting last year. By all accounts the film went down really well over there and Ciaran was delighted with the response. Now, there is an opportunity for people in Dublin to see the film.

It plays this Thursday, Jan 30th as part of Futureshorts in the Freemasons Hall, 17-19 Molesworth Street Dublin from 7-10.

After the screening there will be a Q&A with director Ciaran Cassidy and my good self. God help us!

Tickets are available for the event here

Ciaran recently took part in a fantastic interview with Amy O’Connor for Prowlster and you can read that piece here

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You can see a sneak peak inside this amazing venue with this gallery from the journal

Ciaran Cassidy, Me and 2 guys who are proud of their Renault Clio
Ciaran Cassidy, Me and 2 guys who are very proud of their Renault Clio

Future Shorts is the largest short film network in the world and it is run in Dublin by Happenings and LeCool

The Winter Season they present to you has 6 films from France, Poland, Serbia, Finland & Afghanistan – it is going to be a truly international excursion into the world of shorts.

Emerge from the underground in search of a seed in Eduardo Williams’ “That I’m falling” I Que Je Tombe Tout le Temps (France, 2013), follow two Polish sisters while they seek out their mother in “Out of Reach” (Poland, 2011) by Jakub Stozek, and witness a rather unexpected incident at a convenience store in the animation “Blind Spot” (France, 2007). Directors Nedeljkovic & Majdak from Serbia take you on an extraordinary trip to Rabbitland (2012), while Jenny Toivoniemi shows you a date of a different kind in her film “The Date” (Finland, 2012) and finally Sam French invites you to join in the world of Afghanistan’s “Buzkhasi Boys” (Afghanistan, 2011) to see a different story of coming of age of two best friends.

For more on each of the films go here

I’m HUGE in Finland apparently.


So this happened yesterday, 2 films I worked on screened in Northern Finland in the city of Oulu as part of the Irish Festival of Oulu. King of the Travellers and Men at Lunch were both among an eclectic mix of Irish Films.

The films screened in a pretty cool looking cinema. Located at 65 degrees North, the city is one of the northernmost larger cities in the world and is home to the world Air Guitar Championships.

Thanks to Men at Lunch director, Sean O’Cualain for sending on the pictures.


Men At Lunch Opens this week in NYC

Men at Lunch directed by Sean O’Cualain opens this week in New York as part of the films US Theatrical run. The film was edited with great skill by Dathai Connaughton and shot in spectacular fashion by Ray MacDonnacha. I was privileged to be asked to do some additional editing for the US Cinema version. I was proud to do so and I think the film is great. Sean, producer Eamon O’Cualain, Dathai and Ray have made an excellent film and a beautiful love letter to New York. I hope the film proves to be even more successful than it already has been. Best of luck lads…

The film opens this Friday at the Quad Cinema, more details below

Here’s a piece from the Irishcentral website…

The untold story of one of New York’s most iconic images of the 20th century opens in New York City on September 20 at the Quad Cinema.

Men at Lunch is the revealing tale of an American icon, the unprecedented race to the sky and the immigrant workers that built New York in the throes of the Great Depression.

In 1932 New York, the previous decade’s boom of Italian, Irish, and Jewish immigrants led to unprecedented urban expansion, and workers risked life and limb building skyscrapers high above the streets of Manhattan.

In Men at Lunch, director Seán Ó Cualáin tells the story of the iconic photo “Lunch atop a Skyscraper,” that is a definitive counterpoint of epic and mundane – and become a symbol of the indomitable working man.

Taken during the construction of the GE Building, the photo depicts eleven workmen taking their lunch break while casually perched along a steel girder – boots dangling 850 feet above the sidewalk of 41st Street – Central Park and the misty Manhattan skyline stretching out behind them.

For 80 years, the identity of the eleven men – and the photographer that immortalized them – remained a mystery: their stories, lost in time, subsumed by the fame of the image itself. But then, at the start of the 21st century, the photograph finally began to give up some of its secrets.

Director Sean Ó Cualáin explains, ”My brother and I were in an Irish Pub a few years ago researching another documentary when we noticed the famous “Lunch atop a Skyscraper” image with a note beside the picture from a Pat Glynn from Boston, Massachusetts. On the note he stated that the man on the far right holding the bottle was his father Sonny Glynn and the man on the far left was Matty O’Shaughnessy, his uncle-in-law. We realized very quickly that there was a great, untold story here. There’s the wider context – the glory of the skyscraper age and the building of the iconic Manhattan skyline—and secondly the parallel story of the European immigrants who arrived in New York during the roaring twenties and were living there during the Great Depression. Finally the mystery surrounding the photograph had to be investigated and told. Was it a fake? Who took the photograph? And, who might the men be?”

Full details of the U.S. screenings:
New York, NY, Quad Cinema, Opens September 20, 2013
Boston, Boston University, October 3, 2013
Beverly Hills, CA, Laemmle Music Hall, Opens October 4, 2013
Silver Spring, MD, AFI Silver Theatre, October 10, 2013

For more info log onto their website here

Help Cian make his Feature Film…There could be Guinness in it for you*

*not a guarantee of Guinness

My friend and colleague Cian McGarrigle has entered a project into the Arthur Guinness Projects competition.

Cian is the writer and Director of the multi award winning film ‘No Messages’ and the project he is pitching is a feature film that sounds like a lot of fun.

You can vote for his project here, and remember YOU CAN VOTE EVERY DAY. I’ve already voted a bunch of times, you should too.


Here’s what Cian had to say about it…

Heist Take Two
A film about one woman’s revenge on the financial sector. A perfect escape for Irish cinema audiences.

If successful, funding from the Arthur Guinness Projects will be used to hire a crew of independent filmmakers to shoot a promotional trailer and test scenes from the film. It will also go towards developing the screenplay including hiring a script editor.

This completed package will then be used to attract investors and production companies to a unique independent Irish feature film.

The Pitch:
Right now Eleanor’s bank is being robbed. But that’s not why she’s miserable.

All her life, Eleanor has done everything right and it’s gotten her nowhere. She works in a job she hates at a bank she owes tonnes of money to, lives alone in a squalid bedsit while renting out her negative-equity apartment to ungrateful tenants and her father’s rising medical bills are threatening to clean her out completely.

So being pushed face down into the carpet at work by armed raiders is nothing on her scale of misery. What isn’t nothing is the fact that instead of an expected pay rise Eleanor has just had her wages cut and been admonished for her ‘bad attitude’ while Debra, the office bitch, has been given a promotion.

When Debra campaigns successfully for the bank staff to play themselves in the CrimeCall reconstruction of the robbery because it would be “cathartic” Eleanor is not impressed. She objects to the idea but nobody listens. Debra, after all, is flavour of the month and Eleanor is aniseed. Nobody likes aniseed-flavoured anything.

While on a disastrous date with Dean, an unemployed and talentless actor, Eleanor drunkenly concocts a fantasy revenge on her employers. During the filming of the robbery reconstruction she and Dean should actually rob the bank for real and slip away unnoticed!

But that fantasy becomes a dangerous possibility when Eleanor learns that her father will soon need 24 hour live-in care. With no other way to pay the bills and facing complete financial ruin it’s time for Eleanor to engineer her own bailout from work.

To successfully pull off the heist Eleanor must call in favours from some dodgy characters she thought she’d left in her past – including her own brother who’s behind bars. They’ve got to train wimpy Dean to play a hardened criminal and get cast in the reconstruction, find a way to swap a bag of fake TV money for real cash while being filmed and figure out how to launder the one million euro they’ve got their sights on.

But Eleanor’s not the only one with designs on the bank’s motherload. During the reconstruction a real criminal with a real gun slips into the bank unnoticed amongst the actors in balaclavas. He takes the place down. Amidst the panic, confusion and accusations of stolen lines from the actors Eleanor manages to switch bags. The real criminal takes off with a load of fake money while the real money is taken back to the TV station mistakenly labelled as a prop. A prop that’s too realistic to be left lying around and is scheduled to be incinerated the next day.

Now Eleanor has just 24 hours to break into the TV station and get back the cash. But with a Garda detective and the other bank robber on the trail of the money too, things are not going to be easy. Can someone who’s always played it straight go crooked and get away with it? Eleanor’s about to find out the hard way that crime doesn’t pay but it can be very funny.

Heist Take Two is a comedy-thriller about one woman’s attempt to solve her own financial crisis with an itchy balaclava, a fake shotgun and a real attitude problem.

To learn more about the Arthur Guinness Projects click here

Do I even have a tuxedo anymore?

Me and Windmill's Mark Henry a little worse for wear at IFTA 2007

I woke up this morning to some great news. My Film ‘Shtax’ has received a nomination at the Underground Cinema Awards. The film got a nod in the Best Independent Feature Film category and I’m obviously delighted with the news. As well as being up for the gong, the film will be screened as part of the Underground Cinema Film Festival, so there will be another chance for people to see it. The Festival takes place in Dun Laoghaire in a variety of locations including the IMC on Sept 9th-11th. The Festival will be screening all the nominated films from all the categories as well as hosting masterclasses and what not. The awards themselves are being held on Sept 17th in Fitzpatricks Castle in Killiney. You can buy tickets for the event here.
We are the only documentary nominated in the ‘best feature’ category, the other four films nominated are 3 Crosses by Jason Figgis, Man Made Men by Alan Fegan, Portrait of A Zombie by Bing Bailey and Galway Film Fleadh Winner Charlie Casanova directed by Terry McMahon (read Terry’s very funny GFF Diary here)
You’d have to think that Charlie Casanova would be favourite but we have our fingers crossed and you never know but we are absolutely delighted with getting a nomination.

Find out more about Shtax here or give us a like on Facebook here