The Brooks Hotel Hosts A Conversation With Aisling Walsh


A Masterclass in directing comes to the Brooks Hotel on Drury Street next Monday, courtesy if the Women in Film and Television Ireland and the director Aisling Walsh. Following her latest film Maudie‘s showings at the Toronto Film Festival and ADIFF 2017, Walsh will be talking about directing and writing for the screen from 6-9pm next Monday, 29 May.

WFTI  presents an evening in conversation with Aisling Walsh at 5pm at the Brooks Hotel, as part of their ongoing Masterclass series.

Aisling Walsh’s Maudie has crossed the $1-million threshold at the Canadian box office. The drama about Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis, starring Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins, will be released in Ireland in July and across US in June.

“Maudie is a film made by women — from producers to screen writer to director to star — with a story about a woman, and that in itself is a bit of a miracle,” said Mary Young, one of the three female producers for the film.
Over the last two decades Walsh has cemented a reputation as one of Ireland’s pre-eminent filmmakers in both feature film and television formats. Her celebrated work as a writer and director includes some of the most recognised Irish films in recent years, including Maudie (2016) and Song for a Raggy Boy (2003), as well as Daisy Chain (2007) and Joyriders (1988). Her long and illustrious history of working with the BBC has produced some lauded TV, including An Inspector Calls (2015), A Poet in New York (2014) Room at the Top (2013) Wallander (2012) Fingersmith (2005) and Sinners (2002). Walsh has won three BAFTA television awards.

Walsh’s celebration of the isolated and marginalized have seen her move with effortless ease between both the film and television mediums, long before current trends. From graduating in Fine Art at the now Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology to becoming the first Irish graduate of the National Film School at Beaconsfield in the UK, Walsh has carved a rich and exciting career known for her political and thought-provoking social commentary, and is considered one of Ireland’s most celebrated filmmakers.

Her career has seen her collaborate with some of the most distinguished and accomplished actors working today, including Aidan Quinn, Kenneth Branagh, Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson, Tom Hiddleston, Alfred Molina, Tom Hollander, Rhys Ifans, David Thewlis, Iain Glen and Helen McCrory. Cinematographers such as Martin Fuhrer, Guy Godfree, Lukas Strebel, and editors Alex Mackie and Stephen O’Connell.

Maudie, Walsh’s latest project, is a feature biopic of Canadian artist Maud Lewis set in Nova Scotia. A heart-wrenching portrait of the artist and her life, Maudie features the acting talents of Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke in a subtle yet poignant story of triumph over adversity. The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in 2016 to critical acclaim, and will be released in America on the 16th of June 2017.

Women in Film and Television Ireland (WFT.I) is a voluntary organisation established in 2014. It is a branch of Women in Film and Television International, a foundation promoting greater representation of women on screen and behind the camera, with a membership of over thirteen thousand professionals worldwide. The Irish branch is run by film and TV professionals of international standing. The committee members represent the creative, business and technical divisions of the Irish audiovisual sector.

WFT members are free to attend this event free of charge, but the event is also open to members of the public for a door charge of €10. Those interested in attending should contact wiftirl@gmail.com to RSVP.

Luke Dunne
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Luke is a writer, film addict and Dublin native who loves how much there is for film fans in his home county. A former writer for FilmFixx and the Freakin' Awesome Network, he founded Film In Dublin to pursue his dual dreams of writing about film and never sleeping ever again.

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