Finally something to do of an evening in Dublin

Stuck for something to do in Dublin tonight?

Then look no further than a new night of music which debuts tonight in the Beerhouse, 84-5 Capel Street, Dublin. Kicking off from 9, ‘Games People Play’ is the brainchild of Aaron McCullough, Eoin Wickham, Karl Waters and Mark Keane. The lads will be playing a mixture of Disco, Italo, coldwave, chillwave, synthpop and Yacht rock. This is also the only place in Dublin you can hear what’s happening in the burgeoning Bro-wave scene.

I, for one, cannot wait for tonights shenanigans.

Games People Play

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Here’s what GPP member Mark Keane had to say about it in this weeks lecool

This is not one of those ‘last night a DJ saved my life’ nights. It’s more like ‘last night a guy played this cool synthy tune I recognised and I hadn’t heard in ages and I was momentarily lost in a brief reverie, and swayed to myself, humming the next few bars while I ordered a pint and contemplated how glad I was that it was Friday, and, that, you know, it was good to be alive and out and listening to decent music with friends, and yes, although I did talk some major league gubbins to that lad whose name I don’t know that I met at a party once, it was all good because I laughed, had fun and danced a bit’. So it’s one of those kinda nights, with added synth, Italo disco, coldwave and miscellaneous audible delights

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

Your Mixtape Unravels My Heart


I’m giddy with excitement about the fact that my lovely ladyfriend, Máire T.Robinson is launching her debut short story collection, tomorrow, Sept 11th at 7:00pm in the Irish Writers Centre on Parnell square( 2 doors down form the Hugh Lane Gallery). The book is called “Your Mixtape Unravels My Heart” and it is being published by Doire Press in Galway.

We would love if you could join us for the launch, it’ll be a lot of fun, there will be booze, music and naturally a raffle for top top prizes.

If you can’t make the Dublin launch, Máire will be reading in Galway this Friday at the September Over The Edge Gathering in the Nuns Island Theatre. That event starts at 8pm and will also serve as the Galway Launch for the collection.

you can find out more about both events on facebook
the Galway launch here
the Dublin launch here

If you can’t make either of these events but would still like to read the collection it is available for purchase from Máire’s website
and will be available from other resellers shortly after that. But if you are going to buy it, you should buy it from Máire.

‘Sparky language and unexpected turns, pathos and humour, viciousness and emotional resonance, these are the hallmarks of Máire T. Robinson’s fiction. In this collection, she follows Flannery O’Connor’s dictum that stories should be ‘short but deep’. This is a writer who is here to stay.’

– Nuala Ní Chonchúir, author of Mother America and YOU

Dublin Editors to stage a get-together

So Dublin Editors is a new facebook page for post-production people based in Dublin and in Ireland in general. Setup just over 2 weeks ago, the page has gotten a great response with over 60 people signed up for it already. Who know there were so many of us?
Eventually the page will hopefully serve as a hub for the editing community in Dublin acting as a place to meet, to swap ideas, to post jobs, to ask for help. I think its a cool idea and one that should prove really useful on all those fronts.

The group organisers (who ARE those guys?) is holding a get together this Thursday at 6:30 in McGrattans bar, off Baggot Street in Dublin. I am certainly looking forward to attending and meeting some of my editing colleagues. Editing is more often than not a solitary job and it’ll be cool to finally meet people whom I only know by name. So that’ll be great.

You can keep updated on the group on their facebook page here

I’m also looking forward to meeting the mysterious people behind the page. Whoever they are I’m betting at least one of them is rocking a pretty cool beard. Just saying…


Grand Social this Saturday


“Galway’s Liveliest Live Band”, Mikey & The Scallywags is finally coming to Dublin. One of the nicest guys you’re ever likely to meet Mikey Mccrory is bringing his folk mayhem to the Grand Social next Saturday night. Its a show not to be missed. Doors at 8. admission is 7 and support on the night will be provided by Blind Yackety and Gypsy Rebel Rabble

Formed out of creative necessity in June of 2010, Mikey and the Scallywags met on the streets of Galway and are still based on the west coast. Renowned for their energetic and engaging live performances, the initial quartet of guitar, banjo, fiddle and double bass were soon joined by drums and keys to create a melodic and beat driven folk rock sound with elements of bluegrass, gypsy, hip-hop and swing.

You can listen to some of their stuff here

and here is a video of them performing in Neachtains on Good Friday!

more videos here

‘Would stand up to anything from popular folk bands like Mumford & Sons or The Lumineers’ – 2 u I bestow Irish music blog


No Messages

Last night I attended the first in a series of Movie Quiz Night’s to help raise funds for various film projects around Dublin. Last night we were there to support Cian McGarrigle in the funding of his film “No Messages”. There is a trailer for it below.

Cian had a successful night with about 20 tables turning up and raising some money for the film which hopes to start shooting in October. The film also has a fundit campaign which you can support here. Depending on your level of contribution, the fundit scheme offers a whole host of treats for the prospective investor. You can get your name in the credits or walk on parts, to featured parts and an executive producer credit.
Cian is an old college-mate of mine and a colleague in the world of editing. In the past he directed short films, music videos and advertisements, he has also written award winning plays and is an emerging stand-Up comedian.

Here’s some more info about the film straight from the horses mouth so to speak.

Set in The Thomas House – Dublin 8, No Messages follows one day in the life of Dave, a barman who’s stuck in emotional limbo. He’s expecting an important phone call but arrives at work to discover that not only has he left his phone at home but his boss is asleep behind the bar. So begins a long day of hangover cures, irritating regulars and attempts to keep the toilets “for customer use only”. And while Dave checks and rechecks his voicemail from the pub phone he finds that sometimes when you’re drifting aimlessly that much-needed kick up the arse can come when you least expect it. The soundtrack will include music by upcoming Irish bands including So Cow and Junior85.

Based on an idea conceived over pints one night in The Thomas House itself, No Messages is a short film whose script clocks in at 20 pages long. Too long for traditional funding routes we’ve decided to look for assistance from you (yes you reading this right now!) in getting it off the ground. And we want you to be part of the film too!

While we’ve managed to secure the services of many talented people so far who are willing to work for nothing, there are a lot of things that we just can’t manage to scrounge up for free so all the money raised will be used to rent the necessary camera and sound equipment, feed our hard-working no-pay crew and pay for the rest of the shoot’s expenses – including insurance, transport costs and marketing. After the film is shot the remaining money will be used to pay for post-production which will include renting an edit suite, getting a colour grade and sound mix done and also producing promotional DVDs and Blu-Rays to send out to festivals and to you, our funders. We plan to submit the film to all the major Irish film festivals, including Galway, Cork and Foyle as well as key international festivals.

The shoot will take place in late October and we plan to finish post-production by January 2012. The premiere will be held in a Dublin city centre location in February 2012.

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.

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