Countdown to ADIFF: Sandy Powell In Conversation

We’re less than a week away from this year’s Audi Dublin International Film Festival and the anticipation is building quickly in the fair city of film. As the festival approaches, every day Film In Dublin will be counting down by highlighting one of the fascinating, fun and can’t miss events taking place during ADIFF 2018. Today, we highlight a public interview taking place on Saturday 3rd March with award-winning costume designer, Sandy Powell. Throughout a successful career in cinema, Powell has worked frequently with renowned directors including Martin Scorsese, Todd Haynes and Ireland’s own Neil Jordan. A twelve-time Oscar nominee, Powell has won the award on three occasions; for Shakespeare in Love, The Aviator and The Young Victoria.


Powell will be on hand during the festival to discuss her career, and with two films that that she has worked on featuring during ADIFF in Todd Haynes’ latest Wonderstruck the sci-fi rom-com How to Talk to Girls at Parties, there is sure to be a lot insight for ADIFF attendees. The host of the evening Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh is a considerable talent in costume design herself, with credits including Love and FriendshipThe Wind that Shakes the Barley and more.


Warner Bros. Creative Talent today announced its support of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival public interview with multiple Oscar and BAFTA award-winning costume designer Sandy Powell.  Taking place at The Ballroom at the Powerscourt Town Centre on Saturday 3rd March from 12pm, the event will be hosted by fellow award-winning Costume Designer Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh.

The masterclass is a further example of Warner Bros. continued support for industry professionals and trainees through Warner Bros. Creative Talent.  This follows the recently-announced scholarship for Allyn Quigley, an MA Screenwriting student at the National Film School at IADT.

Grainne Humphreys, Festival Director of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival, said:

“I became an infatuated fan of Sandy Powell’s work since I saw the stunning costumes she created for Tilda Swinton in Sally Potter’s Orlando, followed by Shakespeare in Love, The Aviator, Velvet Goldmine, Carol and of course her dynamic partnership with Neil Jordan which included The Crying Game, Michael Collins and The Butcher Boy. Equally at home with both period and contemporary setting, it’s an honour to welcome this three time Oscar winner to ADIFF 2018. I am delighted that Sandy will join us in Dublin to present two of her newest films Wonderstruck and How to Talk to Girls at Parties and participate in the 2018 Warner Bros. Creative Talent event – a public interview with Irish Costume Designer Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh.”

With a film-making career spanning over thirty years, with twelve Oscar nominations and thirteen BAFTA nominations while working with the industry’s leading directors, Sandy Powell can rightly claim to be one of the pre-eminent costume designers of her generation. From monarchs (Young Victoria) to mobsters (The Departed) to fairy-tale characters (Cinderella), Powell has created some of the most intriguing and sumptuous costumes in cinematic history.  Her collaborations with Warner Bros. include Neil Jordan’s era-defining historical epic Michael Collins and his darkly funny adaptation of Patrick McCabe’s The Butcher Boy. Powell’s other works include Far From Heaven, The Aviator, Hugo and Carol.

Tickets are available now from ADIFF and cost €12.

Press release courtesy of Warner Bros.

Luke Dunne
About me

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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