‘Company B’ selected for Tipperary Dance Platform

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Company B has been selected for this year’s Tipperary Dance Platform International Screen Dance Festival in Co Tipperary.  Screening date TBC but the festival takes place in the Excel Centre, Tipperary, Co. Tipperary from October 8th – 14th 2018.  Delighted it’s getting some screenings back home <3.

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‘Company B’ selected for Still Voices Short Film Festival 2018.

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Company B – my latest short documentary about Ireland’s only all-boy contemporary dance group –  has been selected for this year’s Still Voices Short Film Festival in Co Longford and will be it’s Irish premiere!  Screening date TBC but the festival takes place in Ballymahon, Co. Longford from August 16th – 19th 2018.  Woo!

‘8’ – Repeal the Eighth

In 3 weeks Ireland votes in a referendum to change the 8th amendment of the constitution which currently equates the right to life of a pregnant woman with that of an embryo or foetus. In doing so, it criminalises abortion in all cases except where to continue a pregnancy would result in death. Medical practitioners can lose their licence, or face jail time, if they offer advice to women in need of abortions. Every day 12 women are forced to travel to the UK to have abortions and aftercare in Ireland is minimal for those who have to travel.
I made this piece a year ago in solidarity with the campaign and to highlight the plight women in Ireland face every day. I’ve tried to find events to have it shown back home, but sadly, to no avail. I believe there are restrictions in place on social media for showing imagery or videos containing nudity, but I want to put it out there – however briefly – now more than ever.If anyone knows of an event between now and May 25th where it might be useful to show, please feel free to put me in touch with the organisers. Feel free to share.
#repealtheeighth #togetherforyes #repealthe8th

Dublin Doc Fest comes to Berlin!

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This year Dublin Doc Fest – the short documentary film festival I run & Ireland’s only short documentary film festival – turns 6 and to celebrate, we’re hitting the road! Teaming up with the Embassy of Ireland Berlin and the Irish Film Institute (IFI), we delved into the festival vaults to bring a special night of short Irish docs in Berlin’s oldest Kino, Kino Moviemento on Wed 18th April 2018.
Programme:
Off the Board (dir. Siobhan Perry, 07′ 55″)
Needle Exchange (dir. Colm Quinn, 09′ 41″)
What Remains (dir. Pat Collins in collaboration with Tadhg O’Sullivan, 11′ 00″)
Novena (dir. Anna Rodgers, 18′ 00″)
Grey Area (dir. Jonathan Barton, 11′ 00″)
Home (dir. Aoife Kelleher, 15′ 00″)
Bloody Good Headline (dir. Paul Quinn & Tom Burke, 14′ 12″)
The Truth About Irish Hip-Hop (dir. Gavin Fitzgerald, 18′ 47″)

Celebrating contemporary Irish documentary filmmaking with a very special programme that includes; Pat Collins & Tadhg O’Sullivan’s captivating short ‘What Remains’ compiled entirely from IFI archive, Aoife Kelleher’s ‘Home’ – a touching portrait of the Irish immigrant, Siobhan Perry’s ‘Off The Board’, a delicate short about adolescence and facing one’s fears and Gavin Fitzgerald’s fast-paced doc ‘The Truth About Irish Hip-Hop’ on the flourishing Irish hip-hop scene.

Proudly supported by: the Embassy of Ireland Berlin & The Irish Film Institute.

‘Company B’ wins second place at Cut the Gap! The Gender Equality Short Film Day.

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I’m over the moon to announce that my latest short doc ‘Company B‘ – about Ireland’s only all male contemporary dance group – has won second place in the non-fiction category at the Cut the Gap! The Gender Equality Short Film Day in Vienna, Austria.  Thanks to all who attended and voted for the film – it’s always nice to have one’s work recognised, but it’s extra special to be honoured by a topic very close to my heart: gender equality.

Just three days until it shows at this year’s Shebeen Flick Irish Film Festival in Berlin – tickets available here.  Hope to see you there!

#documentary #film #shortfilm #irishfilm #gender #equality #dublin #ireland #feminism

Shebeen Flick Irish Film Festival

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The programme for Shebeen Flick Irish Film Festival has been announced and I’m so happy to be included in the wonderful programme this year.  My short documentary film ‘Company B‘ – about Ireland’s only all-male contemporary dance group – will play before Paddy Cahill’s feature doc ‘Amanda Coogan: Long Now’ on Fri 16th March at 19:00pm in Kino Moviemento, Berlin.  I studied Amanda’s work as an art student in Dublin, many years ago so it’s great to open for a feature about her and her work.

 

#documentary #film #ireland #irishfilm #equality #gender #creativity #dance

Cut the Gap! The Vienna Gender Equality Short Film Day

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Woke up to the news that my latest short documentary film ‘Company B‘ – about Ireland’s only all-male contemporary dance group – has been selected for Cut the Gap! The Vienna Gender Equality Short Film Day next month.  The screening will take place in Top Kino on Sat March 10th at 17:00pm.  It looks like a really nice day planned with interesting talks and film categories.  Can’t wait!

 

#equality #feminism #film #irish #film #documentary #ireland #gender

British Shorts Film Festival Open Screening

I brought my latest short documentary film ‘Company B‘ – about Ireland’s only all-boy contemporary dance group – to my first Open Screening as part of the British Shorts Film Festival Berlin last week.  The screening took place in one of my favourite cinemas in Berlin, Sputnik Kino and it was the first time seeing it on the big screen.  Nice responses and questions in the Q & A afterwards too – can’t wait to show it again next month at the Shebeen Flick Irish Film Festival, Berlin.  I’m also looking forward to attending another Open Screening event – it was great to see so many filmmakers showing their work to such an enthusiastic audience!

#documentary #film #berlin #irishfilm #shortdocs #creativity

Analogue for life <3

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It’s always such a delight to have analogue photos developed – when I see them printed in my hand, I’m immediately transported back in time to the moments before the shutter snapped.  I remember the decisions composing the shot, the patience (or more often than not, impatience) of the subject as I adjust the light meter and focus, the day, how I was feeling – all the little moments that brought the image to life that I just don’t get when taking pictures on digital devices.  I’m a sucker for process and I love the sense of occasion that analogue photography innately possesses.

 

This one is from my good friends Soracha & John’s wedding, it’s one of my favourite 35mm pictures.

5th Dublin Doc Fest

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Dublin Doc Fest – the short documentary film festival I founded in 2013 – returns for it’s fifth festival event in the gorgeous RHA Gallery on Sat the 11th of Nov 2017.  With four exciting film programmes from emerging and established documentary filmmakers from across the globe – join me for another night of special doc shorts on themes of observation and incarceration, memory and family ties, feminism, freedom and some wonderful music docs!

Dublin Doc Fest’s objective is to create a unique platform for short documentary film in Ireland – to give it its own space & context for exhibition – in carefully curated programmes. We believe Ireland fosters a high standard of documentary filmmaking. We want to create opportunities for these films to have a longer life – to place Dublin firmly on the map as an international destination for documentary film. Each screening brings together unique stories from some of the most original voices working in documentary film today. We love non-traditional screening spaces & always strive to exhibit our films against the backdrop of Dublin’s most iconic & beloved spaces.

Doors 5.30pm, first programme 6.00pm

Tickets €12 -€15* via Eventbrite.ie here
*ticket prices not inclusive of VAT

Limited Early Bird tickets are on sale until 06/10/17 (or until sold out). All online ticket sales cease at 14:00pm on 11/11/17 where a limited number of cash door sales will be available at the event on the night. Arrive early to avoid disappointment!

Full Programme announced soon!