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In this WFT Writers' Room podcast, WFT Administration Executive Gemma Creagh examines the ins and outs of adaptation with the very talented Suzanne Allain. Suzanne has written the screenplay for Mr. Malcolm’s List, which was released in cinemas this month. Shot in Dublin/Wicklow last Spring, this film stars Freida Pinto and Zawe Ashton and is based on Suzanne’s original novel. WFT spoke with her about the writing process and what it was like adapting work – even if it’s your own. About Suzanne Allain Suzanne Allain is a novelist and screenwriter whose first novel, Incognito, was published in 2001. She later adapted her second novel, Mr. Malcolm’s List, into a feature script. It was one of the highest-rated romance screenplays on the Black List, was produced as part of their Black List Table Reads Podcast in 2015, and released as a feature film in 2022. Her books have received starred reviews in Library Journal and Booklist and script readers have said Suzanne’s dialogue “sparks with wit and intelligence” and that her characters have “palpable chemistry.”
On the 7th of May, WFT and WGI collaborated on a very special joint event, Women Writing for the Screen: Strategizing for our Future which took place at the Museum of Literature Ireland. WGI Chair and WFT Member Jennifer Davidson moderated a lively panel discussion on the opportunities available for writers in the world of soap with John Fox, Emma Keaveney, Rachel Kilfeather & Ciaran Hayden. This event was made possible with the support of the BAI.
How can Neurodiversity enrich our industry? What does an inclusive set really look like? In the latest WFT Podcast, WFT Vice-Chair and DOP Jaro Waldeck was chatting with Anna Czarska and Caoilinn Handley about autism as well as the importance of making authentic films with autistic filmmaking talent in front and behind the camera. This event has been made possible with the support of the BAI. Caoilinn Handley Caoilinn is an autistic activist and film producer from Dublin, Ireland. She currently works as a Junior Producer in MK1Studios Productions across a range of international co-productions. Caoilinn is also developing a number of her own shorts centred around the themes of diversity and inclusion. Caoilinn is completing research into neurodivergent and disabled cast/crew in the Irish screen industry, which has been funded by the Arts Council. The results are shared with Screen Ireland, and are available to all other interested parties. Anna Czarska Anna is a neurodiverse producer, director and writer, as well as the Managing Director of Sticky Tape Productions. Anna has been involved with the film industry on and off throughout their life. They have a background in business and produce, direct, write, and manage projects that exemplify their interest in unconventional cinema, often regarding topics involving mental health or societal matters that require greater public awareness. Anna especially likes to challenge the everyday thinker to try something new, something different; this is at the heart of where their enthusiasm lies. Selected Works: Mildly Different, Cost You Nothing, The Dining Room Jaro Waldeck started her journey in cinematography with undergraduate photography studies in the USA. Soon, she realised she was interested in movement in her images and made the transition to cinematography studies at Columbia College Chicago. She graduated in 2008 and was placed on a coveted internship with Oscar nominated DOP Phedon Papamichael, ASC (Sideways, Walkd the Line, Nebraska, Ford vs. Ferrari) on a movie “W.” which he was shooting for Oliver Stone. After the internship, Jaro moved back home to Prague, Czech Republic, where she pursued further cinematography studies at the world renowned film school Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU). She studied under the guidance of accomplished and award winning cinematographers such as Miroslav Ondricek (Amadeus) and Vladimir Smutny (The Painted Bird), and graduated with a Masters Degree in Cinematography in 2011. The following year Jaro moved to Ireland, where she’s worked on short narrative and documentary films, commercial and corporate productions and kept up her photography work alongside it all. She’s also collaborated with some of her former classmates from Columbia College and FAMU on a documentary feature and served as a camera operator on a season of reality television series Survivor. Jaro is a member of the Czech Society of Cinematographers and is Vice Chair of Women in Film and TV Ireland.
With the support of Screen Skills Ireland and in partnership with the Cork International Film Festival, last November, WFT Ireland presented a very special panel ‘In Her Own Voice: Spotlight on Crew’ as part of the First Take Industry Day. Moderated by our chair Dr Susan Liddy, this lively discussion featured director/camera woman Edel O Brien, Grip Hollie Tsan and DOP and WFT Vice-Chair Jaro Waldeck. This event was organised with the support of Screen Skills Ireland. Hollie Tsan is an assistant grip. At 5 years old she was out on the set of single handed helping her dad with loading trucks and prepping grip equipment and meeting new people. When she was 12 she was on Fergie the little grey tractor pushing the dolly and since then she knew she wanted to become a grip. She was a trainee on Striking Out, End of Sentence, Miss Scarlet and the Duke and Conversations with Friends and then an assistant grip on holding, and a second grip on the Queen Mary in London. She helped build rigs for the Galway Girl music video. She also flies drones, she did her first drone shot when she was 14 on a commercial and did a few drone shots on Holding. She is 17 and has been working in the industry for the last 5 years. She has various departments in the industry such as stunts and hair and makeup however finds gripping more exciting and interesting. Edel O’Brien: For over 30 years, Edel has worked in documentary and factual programming in Ireland and abroad as both a Series Director and Shooting DP. The focus of her work is to portray powerful, entertaining stories that reveal characters whose voices are not so often heard. Over the last decade, award-winning Irish television series include: Raised By The Village, The Rotunda, The Shelbourne, Life & Death, Ireland’s Battle With Covid and Bullyproof. It all began donkey’s years ago with a short live-action animation combination Bread & Honey, which won awards at Cork, Annecy, Berlin and Chicago Film Festivals as well as C4’s First Work award. A last minute opportunity to travel to Russia with a group of Irish teens to the Perm State Ballet School sparked a long-term solo-shooting project which became a BBC Video Diary The Reluctant Mamoushka. This adventure and success sparked the beginning of an on-going passion to capture and convey true lives as they unfold. Edel is currently working on Heaven Made, a new BBC2 series about Monastic life in Ireland and the UK, to be broadcast in December 2021. Jaro Waldeck started her journey in cinematography with undergraduate photography studies in the USA. Soon, she realised she was interested in movement in her images and made the transition to cinematography studies at Columbia College Chicago. She graduated in 2008 and was placed on a coveted internship with Oscar nominated DOP Phedon Papamichael, ASC (Sideways, Walkd the Line, Nebraska, Ford vs. Ferrari) on a movie “W.” which he was shooting for Oliver Stone. After the internship, Jaro moved back home to Prague, Czech Republic, where she pursued further cinematography studies at the world renowned film school Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU). She studied under the guidance of accomplished and award winning cinematographers such as Miroslav Ondricek (Amadeus) and Vladimir Smutny (The Painted Bird), and graduated with a Masters Degree in Cinematography in 2011. The following year Jaro moved to Ireland, where she’s worked on short narrative and documentary films, commercial and corporate productions and kept up her photography work alongside it all. She’s also collaborated with some of her former classmates from Columbia College and FAMU on a documentary feature and served as a camera operator on a season of reality television series Survivor. Jaro is a member of the Czech Society of Cinematographers and is Vice Chair of Women in Film and TV Ireland.
For our third event in our Crew Talks series, WFT is continuing the conversation when it comes to spotlighting the women working in the field of Sound. Irish Foley Artist Caoimhe Doyle and Oscar-winning Supervising Sound Editor Nina Hartstone talk about their experiences working in the industry – and how sound can elevate a story. This event has been made possible with the support of Screen Skills Ireland. About Caoimhe Doyle Caoimhe Doyle is a Foley artist and co-owner of The Foley Lab, a dedicated Foley studio located on a quiet country estate in County Wicklow, Ireland. She has 24 years experience creating Foley sound effects and footsteps for film, television and video games. In 2018, Caoimhe was nominated for a MPSE Golden Reel Award for her work on The Favourite, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. She won a MPSE Golden Reel Award and was nominated for an Emmy for Game of Thrones: Season 1 (2011). In 2008, she was nominated for a MPSE Golden Reel Award for her work on David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises (2007). Caoimhe received a BA Honours Degree in Film Production from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design + Technology. About Nina Hartstone Nina Hartstone is an Oscar-winning Supervising Sound Editor working in feature films, specialising in Dialogue and ADR. She is always seeking to create the highest quality soundtrack for every project by working with leading industry professionals to implement innovative ways of recording, creating and editing sound for film. In 2019, this work was recognised with Oscar, BAFTA, AMPS and MPSE award wins for sound editing on the film Bohemian Rhapsody. Other credits include Evita, The Hours, An Education, Everest and multi-award winner, Gravity. She is particularly passionate about nurturing the next generation of sound creatives and in particular, fostering opportunities for under-represented groups. https://wft.ie/
You’ll always remember the films you love by those iconic images on the screen. It’s the Director of Photography who captures these visuals, curating the aesthetic vision of a project. In our latest podcast, we celebrate the art form. WFT Vice-Chair, DOP Jaro Waldeck is in conversation with celebrated DOP Kate McCullough about the role, expertise and artistic input of a cinematographer on a project, as well as her impressive career to date. This event has been organised with the support of the BAI. About Kate McCullough Kate McCullough has recently been listed in Screen International’s “Stars of Tomorrow 2020” and has won prestigious awards for her work on Normal People and Arracht. She received the Golden Frog for Best Cinematography on a Docudrama I Dolours at Camerimage 2018. In the same year, she was nominated for an Emmy for her work on The Farthest. The Hollywood Reporter listed McCullough as top 10 to watch in Irish Film Industry 2017. More recently she was nominated for the IMAGO award 2019 for her work on The Farthest. Upon completing her studies at The National Film School, Lodz, Poland, McCullough shot the Irish box office hit His and Hers. This film went on to win the ‘World Cinematography Award in Documentary’, Sundance 2010. McCullough is a member of the Irish Society of Cinematographers and Illuminatrix. Most recently, the feature film An Cailín Ciúin which Kate lensed, was the first Irish language film to win the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for Best Film.
In the latest WFT podcast our Chair, Dr Susan Liddy talks to four screenwriters/directors about their long careers in the industry. This Creating Sustainable Careers: Challenges and Opportunities panel will ask wider questions about how women can build and, importantly, sustain a career in an industry that has often been unwelcoming and ageist, especially to women. Ruth Meehan, Maeve Murphy, Geraldine Creed and Hilary Reynolds share their experiences and ambitions. This event was made possible with the support of the BAI. https://wft.ie/
In October 2017, WFT held a special masterclass allowing our members to gain a greater insight into the craft of editing from multi-award-winning editor Úna Ní Dhonghaíle – Belfast (2021), Ripper Street (2013) and The Missing (2014), The Crown (2022) and Philipa Lowthorpe’s BBC drama series Three Girls (2017). In this very special podcast from the WFT archives, we learn all about what makes an edit great. About Úna ní Dhonghaíle Multi-award winning editor, Úna Ní Dhonghaíle ACE, BFE is best known for her work on The Crown, Misbehaviour, Three Girls and Stan and Ollie. She has worked on the leading lights of British drama in what some are calling "The Golden Age of Television". Having completed a degree in Film and Media Studies in her native Dublin, Úna specialized in film editing at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) from 1995-1998. Úna has since gone from strength to strength, earning her first of four BAFTA nominations in 2009 for the Abi Morgan's TV feature White Girl. She has edited three episodes of the Netflix multi-award winning show, The Crown Series 1 and 2, starring Claire Foy and John Lithgow, Kenneth Brannagh's Wallander, BBC's Les Misérables, Doctor Who, Ripper Street and The Missing Series 1, amongst others. Over a five year period, she co-directed and edited a documentary Invisible Man, for which she won the 2016 IFTA for Best Editing in Television. Úna has also received much recognition for her editing of the highly acclaimed BBC drama Three Girls, for which she has won the BAFTA award for Best Fiction Editing, the Technicolor Craft Award from Women In Film UK, the IFTA for Best Editing, the RTS Award for Best Editing of Fiction, the RTS West of England Award for Editing and the Televisual British Bulldog Award for Editing. Úna has edited Stan and Ollie starring Steve Coogan and John C Reilly, directed by Jon S Baird and Rosie, directed by Paddy Breathnach and written by Roddy Doyle and Sir Kenneth Branagh's All Is True, starring Ken Branagh, Judi Dench and Ian McKellan and most recently, Misbehaviour with Philippa Lowethorpe directing. Úna is currently editing Death On The Nile with Sir Kenneth Branagh.
Producing POV

Producing POV

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Producing POV: A Live Panel Discussion From spreadsheets to testing, from crew calls to creative choices – what exactly does it take to produce a feature film in the age of COVID? Last year, WFT spoke with two POV producers as well as Screen Ireland Development Executive Fran Keaveney about this woman-centered funding scheme. Hosting the chat was WFT Board Member and Producer Fiona Kinsella, who talked with fellow producers, Deirdre Levins (You Are Not My Mother) after her film’s hugely successful premiere at this year’s TIFF as well as Roisin Geraghty on her POV film Sunlight. Screen Ireland’s POV Scheme was established to support women filmmakers, and in 2020 four live-action fiction titles were commissioned with a budget limit of €400,000. This event has been made possible with the support of Screen Ireland.
On the 7th of May 2022, WFT and WGI collaborated on a very special joint event, Women Writing for the Screen: Strategizing for our Future which took place at the Museum of Literature Ireland. WFT Chair Dr Susan Liddy moderated a lively panel discussion on the topic of Breaking Into the Industry with Writer/Director Kate Dolan, Filmmaker/Editor Claire Byrne, as well as writers Lynn Ruane and Sinéad Collopy. This event was made possible with the support of the BAI.
Would you like to learn about the avenues available working through the Irish Language? In this WFT Podcast, we explore opportunities for crew and highlight the careers of three women working in the industry. This panel features Sound Recordist and Mixer Mary Harkin; Editor Fionnuala Ní Chíobháin and Camera/Producer Christine O’Connor and is moderated by our Vice-Chair DOP Jaro Waldeck. This event has been made possible with the support of the BAI. Mary Harkin – Sound Mary started her professional career with Telegael, a film, TV and animation production company, based in Galway. There, she worked as a location sound recordist, and also as a post-production sound mixer in the studio. Mary has been a freelancer for over 20 years, working on a wide variety of productions, predominantly documentaries (Ireland’s Dirty Laundry, Lá i 1916, Martin McGuinness), entertainment and lifestyle programmes (Rotunda, Bailte, Big year in big school), and also various shows and feature films (Aithrí, Corp agus Anam, Rós na Rún). Mary has also worked in third-level education, providing practical workshops in location sound recording to Communication students. Her work has featured on domestic broadcast channels (RTÉ, TG4, Virgin Media) and also on international channels (BBC, NBC, Golf Channel, ARD, CH4) Christine O’Connor – Camera Christine’s career began in the Media industry 31 years ago. Initially working with the technical dept in Cameras and Lighting, shooting and Directing shows for RTE and TG4, Christine moved onto Production in the mid-2000. Having travelled substantially Worldwide on these shows Christine began working with the TG4 Soap Ros na Rún where she began work as Production Co-ordinator and worked up the ranks to become Production Manager with added responsibility for the scripting process. After a number of years Christine moved onto Line Producer with many features and series and was also Network Manager of the Greasán na Méan Skillnet for 7 years developing specific media and technical training. In 2013 Christine began working with Telegael in Spiddal as their Live Action Producer and also in development. To date Christine has produced the most recent Jack Taylor 3×90 mins (2016) TV feature length dramas for ZDF in Germany and Content Media International, currently finished the second series of the RTE/Seven Australia kids comedy drama series Drop Dead Weird 26x 24mins. Christine was the Irish Producer with the ARD Germany comissioned 4 x 90” German Drama series, Der Irland Krimi shot on location in Galway city and county throughout 2019 and 2020. Christine also continues to work on Live Sport OB’s in cameras, working on such events as HRH Queen Elizabeth’s 2nd visit, both George Bush & Barak Obama’s visits, President Michael D. Higgins Inaugurations, EU Summits, European Cup Rugby, 6 Nations Rugby, National Football & Hurling Championships & Leagues, International Soccer, Snooker, Swimming amongt others. Amongst career highlights were interviewing Nelson Mandela when he was President of South Africa in his residence in Capetown and also getting to operate and get a Camera credit on the U2 Live in Slane video 2000. Fionnuala Ní Chíobháin – Edit Fionnuala Ní Chíobháin is an editor of TV programmes and works mainly in the genres of documentary and light entertainment. Over a 15-year career to date, and often working in the Irish language, she has edited celebrated documentaries such as The Story Of Yes, Síle Seoige: Deireadh Tochta and Ar an Oileán as well as documentary series like Big Life Fix, Cumhacht an Nadúr, Idir Mná, Framing Democracy, and What are you Eating. Fionnuala has also had a hand in a wide range of entertainment series such as Room to Improve, Operation Transformation, The Great Irish Bake off, Taithí Gan Teorainn, Pioc do Ride, Masterchef Ireland and Voice of Ireland. Fionnuala hails from Corca Dhuibhne and is a native Irish speaker, she speaks Irish to her family, to her horses and also to herself.
If you’re scoring a film, it can be tricky to find the right music, and even harder to secure the rights. In the latest podcast, WFT Spoke with one of our Members, Dina Coughlan from Planet of Sound, getting her advice when it comes to locking down your project’s perfect music. About Dina Coughlan Dina Coughlan is a music supervisor based in Ireland who has worked on a diverse range of projects across Film and Television. Dina was the music director for Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen television network in NYC where she oversaw music placement for all productions and produced live concerts for the network. After leaving Oxygen, she set up Planet of Sound and has worked on projects for Discovery Networks, FUSE, Chevy and The Blue Man Group. In 2014, she relocated to Ireland and has since worked on a dynamic range of projects including most recently, the films French Exit, Boys From County Hell, Dating Amber, Broken Law, The Young Offenders (film & TV series) and Professionals (TV Series). This event has been made possible with the support of the BAI. https://wft.ie/
Last year, UK research suggests that the majority of the screen workforce come from ‘privileged’ backgrounds. At the Galway Film Fleadh 2021, Women in Film and Television Ireland and the Writers Guild of Ireland hosted a panel examining the intersection of gender and class in the Irish screen industries. This panel was moderated by WFT Chair Dr Susan Liddy, and featured filmmakers Carmel Winters & Roisin Kearney, as well as academic Dave O'Brien and performer Jordanne Jones This event was organised with the support of the BAI. Carmel Winters Carmel Winters is an award-winning writer and director for stage and screen.  Her most recent film Float Like A Butterfly won the FIPRESCI international critics’ award at Toronto International Film Festival and her theatre plays have premiered at the Abbey Theatre and beyond Dave O’Brien Dave O’Brien is Chancellor’s Fellow in Cultural and Creative Industries, based in the School of History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely on cultural policy, urban regeneration, cultural work, public policy, social mobility, and cultural consumption. His most recent book, co-authored with Drs Orian Brook and Mark Taylor, is Culture is bad for you: Inequality in the cultural and creative industries. Roisin Kearney Roisin Kearney is a multi-award winning writer/director/producer in film, TV and theatre. After a successful 10 years working nationally and internationally, she took time out with her three children. She returned to film in 2014 and has worked on a number of shorts including The Family Way, No Dogs, The Ferry, RUN, and PADDY. She is associate producer on children’s show Gamer Mode for RTE, and writer for Smashing Times theatre and film company. She is currently in development with comedy drama RIP and feature script Spoke.  Jordanne Jones Jordanne played the leading role of Emma in Metal Heart (Treasure Films), Hugh O’Connor’s directorial debut, for which she won the Bingham Ray Best New Talent Award at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2018. She is currently appearing as Lily in Dead Still (Acorn/RTE) and will soon appear in a guest role in The Alienist: Angel of Darkness (Paramount/TNT) due for release later this year. Dr Susan Liddy Dr Susan Liddy is Chair of Women in Film and Television Ireland and a board member of Women in Film and Television International, the Writers Guild of Ireland and Raising Films Ireland.  She is the founder and co-director of Catalyst International Film Festival which prioritizes films and filmmakers from underrepresented groups. Her work includes Women in the Irish Film Industry: Stories and Storytellers and she has recently co-authored a report for the BAI, Auditing Gender and Diversity Change in Irish Media Sectors.
Panel Podcast: Celebrating WFT Members at VMDIFF Every year the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival brings a wealth of inspiring films, local and international, to Irish screens. The stories being told and the unique voices in this programme are as bold and impressive as ever. Last month WFT hosted a special panel to spotlight the vibrant work of some of our members, Writer/Performers Lesley Conroy and Andie McCaffrey Byrne as well as Director Claire Byrne and Producer Martina McGlynn. WFT Board Member and Producer Fiona Kinsella spoke with these talented women about their films and careers to date. Check out the full festival programme at DIFF.ie This event has been made possible with the support of the BAI. Lesley Conroy – Cleaner Lesley Conroy is an IFTA award nominated actor, award winning writer and advocate for parenting artists and DEI in the creative sector. Over the course of her 25-year career she has worked with The Abbey, Corcadorca, Loose Canon, Fíbín & Decadent. Screen highlights include work with Merman, Samson, Sally Lindsay/Dermot Boyd (Madame Blanc Mysteries), Neasa Hardiman (School Run), Declan Recks (Eden, The Running Mate), Thaddeus O’Sullivan (Citizen Lane) and David Freyne (The Cured). Turning to writing during lockdown her monologue CLEANER won the 2020 Scripts Ireland Competition and a place on Screen Ireland/Bow Street’s Actor as Creator scheme. On its premiere outing at the Cork International Film Festival it won the Best Cork Short Award and continues its festival run at VMDIFF in February 2022. Andie McCaffrey Byrne – Sparkle Andie plays the role of Irene Carr in self-penned film Sparkle. A child of the 1980s, the lure of spandex and aerobics was ignited when she stumbled upon the true story of the 1980s Irish government’s ban on aerobics. Her film is part of the Actor As Creator scheme 2021 funded by Screen Ireland and Bow Street Academy. Andie’s recent roles include Lisa in BBC TV Pilot Paramedics. Jane in South RTE, Abbie White in Fair City RTE and Stephanie in RTE/BBC awarding winning TV series drama Love/Hate. Claire Byrne – Hello? Claire Byrne is a Writer, Director and Editor based in Dublin, Ireland. She graduated in 2013 with a masters degree from Screen Academy Scotland in Directing for Screen and spent the years following, working in the industry in both production and post-production. Her Screen Ireland funded short film Sister This has had huge success over the last two years, winning ‘Best Irish Short’ at Fastnet Film Festival, and the Shark Awards 2021 and getting nominated for a 2020 IFTA. Martina McGlynn – Nothing To Declare Martina Mc Glynn is an IFTA nominated producer/director. She has an extensive film and documentary career including the award winning Who is Dervla Murphy, The Secret Market and A Nightingale Falling. Her latest project Nothing To Declare will screen at DIFF 2022 after an incredible festival run including wins at The Galway Film Fleadh 2021, IFI Documentary Festival, Louth and Clones film festivals.
RTÉ and WFT hosted a special online talk featuring the work of two women filmmakers, whose award-winning documentaries have been taking the festival world by storm. We discussed Iseult Howlett's The Grass Ceiling and Cara Holmes's Welcome to a Bright White Limbo with these talented filmmakers, who spoke about their work with producer and WFT Board Member Fiona Kinsella. About the Films: WFT Showcase Winner: The Grass Ceiling “Team sport does something to a girl. You get to think about your body in terms of what it can do, rather than how it looks. You become more engine than ornament.” In Iseult Howlett's creative documentary, three successful female athletes explore how being physically courageous, unapologetically competitive and deeply passionate in team sport can unlock a freedom to really occupy your own skin. The film is based on the acclaimed essay ‘The Fear of Winning’ by Irish writer Eimear Ryan. Tribeca Premiered: Welcome to a Bright White Limbo Oona Doherty is a Belfast based dancer and choreographer. She is bold, complex, arresting, and ambitious. This innovative, poetic and visually arresting documentary is a portrait of Oona and the creative process of her award-winning show 'Hope Hunt'.
With the industry returning to peak levels of production despite the stresses and strains of COVID and the publication of Screen Ireland’s future strategy Women in Film and Television Ireland took stock in this panel discussion at the Still Voices Short Film Festival Panel last November. This socially distant event took place at the Dead Centre Brewery in Athlone and featured Writer/Director Roisin Kearney (Paddy), Producer Fiona Kinsella (Tile Media), and Director Bonnie Dempsey (Dyehouse Films). These three practitioners from different fields shared their thoughts and personal experiences negotiating the Irish film industry. This talk was hosted by Women in Film and Television Ireland Chair, Dr. Susan Liddy and was organised with the support of the BAI.
When it comes to Commercial TV Production, we aren’t seeing enough women directors working regularly within the industry. WFT held a focussed panel last November to explore how we can get more women directors on pitches and actually directing commercials. Giving an overview of the industry as it stands, we spoke directly to the agencies asking what they look for in directors. This live discussion was moderated by Producer Fiona Kinsella (Jumper Productions), and features Creative Director Roisin Keown (The Brill Building), Director Anna Rodgers (Invisible Thread), Executive Producer Max Brady (Pull The Trigger) and Producer Sarah Chadwick (Boys + Girls). Listen back here. This event has been made possible with the support of Screen Skills Ireland.
In 2016, actor Seána Kerslake participated in WFT Ireland’s ’A Stronger Voice For Women' event at the Galway Film Fleadh. In this recording from our archives, she chats about her background in performance, her process and past roles. WFT Ireland spoke with Seána just after she filmed the lead role of Aisling in the RTÉ drama series Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope directed by Cathy Brady and written by Stefanie Preissner. Her other projects that year included Darren Thornton’s forthcoming feature film, A Date for Mad Mary in which she plays the lead. Seána trained with the Screen Acting Programme at The Factory in Dublin (now Bow Street Academy) and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music & English from NUI Maynooth.
In the latest WFT Podcast, we explore the opportunities available for members through the Irish language. This panel features TG4 Commissioning & Acquisitions Editor, Laura Ní Cheallaigh; Director Rachael Moriarty; Filmmaker Martina Durac, and Emmy Award-winning Producer Siobhán Ní Ghadhra. The discussion was moderated by our chair, Dr Susan Liddy. This event has been made possible with the support of the BAI. https://wft.ie/
In the latest WFT Podcast, listen to Board Member, DOP Jaro Waldeck in conversation with fellow Board Member Liz Gill about her work and career to date. Liz Gill is an award-winning screenwriter, director and producer, perhaps best known for her 2003 hit feature, Goldfish Memory. Liz Gill has directed a wealth of shows, from Eastenders to the Hardy Bucks and is currently story producing on the Netflix series Valhalla. About Liz Gill Liz is a producer, feature film and TV drama director and screenwriter best known for her film Goldfish Memory (2003). Her first feature was Gold in the Streets (1996), starring James Belushi, Ian Hart, Jared Harris and Aiden Gillen, produced by Noel Pearson. For TV, Liz has directed RTE’s Raw, TV3’s Deception, the 6-part comedy series Hardy Bucks and the second units of Camelot (Starz Encore) and The Santa Incident (Hallmark). She has also directed EastEnders for the BBC and RTE’s The Clinic, Hide and Seek and The Big Bow Wow, and served as Consultant Director on Love is the Drug,winner of the IFTA for best television drama. As a documentary director, Liz directed A Story With Me In It, for which she was nominated for an IFTA award for best TV director (2012), as well as Consuming Passions (series 1 & 2), Written Off? (Series 1 & 2), Burma – The Generals’ Genocide (RTE) and Sport Matters (Setanta). She has also worked extensively as a First Assistant Director in TV and feature films for directors such as Barry Levinson and Todd Haynes, among others, culminating in her writing “Running the Show – the Essential Guide to Being a First Assistant Director,” published by Focal Press (US). Recently, Liz produced the last two seasons of Vikings, the MGM drama series and is currently Story Producer on the MGM/Netflix series Vikings Valhalla. This event has been made possible with the support of the BAI.
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