In a big boost for fans of Irish film, the video on demand platform VOLTA will be pairing with Screen Ireland to launcg the ‘VIEW IT ON VOLTA’ film-gifting campaign, making a diverse range of indie Irish cinema available via thousands of rental codes.
Are you getting a bit tired of your home cinema set-up and dying to get back to the silver screen? Obviously we are still a while off from returning to the shared cinema experience we all know and love, but why not return to the vintage comforts of the drive-in cinema? We have put together a list for you, but if you hear of any more let us know!
This year the IFI Spotlight is going online. The Spotlight is an annual event from the Irish Film Institute which present a focus on Irish film and television’s year in review. The Institute will be looking back at 2019 to observe current trends in production, distribution and consumption of new work with a number of guests via Zoom and tickets to the first event are available to some reserve now.
The Breakout Role Podcast returns! In the latest episode, Luke and Jess watch Mazes and Monsters , a morality tale about the dangers that tabletop roleplaying games pose to our innocent youths, starring young Tom Hanks in his first lead role!
Anyone who’s ever watched the credits at the end of a film knows what a collaborative effort it is to get from a script to a screen, and how many people are involved. But when a pandemic locks you into your home, how do you go about it using available technology?
We’ve all become accustomed to Zoom meetings during the pandemic, but co-producers Adam Brennan and Colin Fleming decided they would use the platform to direct their short film “Devolved”. The film is a co-production between Monaghan-based FKU Productions and City Morgue Films. Read more…
With news, reviews and events in the fair city of film a little thinner on the ground at the moment, Film In Dublin will taking an occasional look at What’s On…The Shelf, taking a deeper dive in to some of the films in their personal collections. This time, Luke Dunne goes on long on John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China.
Every year the Galway Film Fleadh serves as one of the biggest and brightest celebrations of film in the Republic, a summer film festival with top programming and an enviable atmosphere. Film In Dublin’s hopes for a road trip to the Fleadh are dashed this year, with large gatherings non-viable and cinemas to remain closed until at least mid-August. However, the Galway Film Fleadh have made the decision to present the 2020 festival edition online, meaning viewers in the fair city of film, the hooker county and elsewhere on the island will be able to come together for a taste of that festival magic.
Two Dublin-based filmmakers have overcome social distancing and quarantine restrictions during lockdown and produced a music video for Closer, a new single from UK indie band, The Tin Pigeons. The video is produced and directed by Tommy Creagh with DOP Conor Tobin filming starring in and editing the video on location in his home.
Speaking about the process, producer/director Tommy Creagh had this to say:
“We had to adapt to the reality of what we could do under lockdown. The only way it could possibly work was for Conor, D.O.P, to film himself throughout his daily routine and for us to discuss the rushes over Skype at the end of every day and work them back into an ever evolving treatment. The process was slower than usual but from the restrictions, an organic visual style formed. Through trial and error we figured out a way to work around the obstacles in place and tell a compelling story”
The song, Closer, written during a rural escape writing weekend in a remote corner of the Lake District, explores how the society we live in can be emotionally draining and makes us numb to our own feelings. Although written well before the Covid-19 pandemic, the theme of the song certainly rings through in relation to the current global situation.
Fraser Norton and Thomas Quemby of The Tin Pigeons had this to say:
“In light of recent events in the world, this subject matter has never seemed more appropriate. In some ways we are all battling with the effects of social isolation, finding plenty of time to sit with ourselves and study our cracks…
We are creatures designed to be together and ‘Closer’ reflects the mental health conflict we go through in separation”
Acclaimed as “One of the best festival bands we know” by BBC Music Introducing, the bouncing indie two-piece have received national recognition and an incredibly strong fan base throughout the UK are one of the strongest bands on the UK’s live circuit.
Check out the video for Closer below:
Tommy Creagh is an English-Irish writer/director based in Dublin, with a passion for lyrical, expressive storytelling. Over the past three years his short films have won several awards and have been shown at over fifty festivals around the world. His film Land of Winter won Best Irish Short at the Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival and Best International Young Talent at the New Renaissance Film Festival in London.
He has also been establishing himself in the music world with videos for The Rupees, The Golden Dregs, and now The Tin Pigeons.
Conor Tobin is an established filmmaker, known for his camerawork and is also an accomplished editor & director. He strives to push the medium, creating interesting and thought provoking content when possible. His shorts include Light https://vimeo.com/200471910 and music videos including The Paddy Blues Band . Conor was DOP on Hold The Line, the multi-award winning Irish short film.