The story of getting a film made ........again!

Monster lessons!

Whitney Able

I am always captivated by the success of micro budget films, particularly when they're feature débuts and the latest in that pantheon is Gareth Edward's Monsters. It comes in at an unbelievable $15,000, however when you watch the Blu-Ray extras, you … [Continue reading]

Irish Film Board – Transition in a changed World

Irish Film Board

A time of transition invites us to look back and assess the accomplishments of an outgoing incumbent's time in office and also to look forward and ponder what a new office holder will do differently or better. Simon Perry spent 5 years as CEO of the … [Continue reading]

The King’s Speech – A triumph of filmmaking

The King's Speech

Take a man and give him a seemingly insurmountable problem, pile on the pressure until finally he stands victorious and you have the the baseline of many films too numerous to mention. Film heroes from James Bond to Indiana Jones to Rocky have all … [Continue reading]

Christmas, Ireland and the IMF

It's a Wonderful Life.

"It was the worst of times, it was the best of times". So began one of Charles Dickens's greatest novels - "A Tale of Two Cities". Depending on your point of view, the arrival of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) into our country this week most … [Continue reading]

I Wanna Go Home!


I've taken to watching films I've seen before, I know we all do that, but it's interesting to see if they stand up many years after release. So last night I watched Martin Scorcese's 1985 film "After Hours" with Griffin Dunn, Teri Garr, John Heard, … [Continue reading]

The Beat That My Heart Skipped

The Beat that my Heart Skipped

Having bought a DVD a couple of weeks back on a recommendation, I finally got a chance to watch it. It's a French film called "The Beat that my Heart Skipped" directed by Jacques Audiard and released in 2005 (so this is not a review). It tells the … [Continue reading]


Aladdin Sane

Came across an interesting piece from the Tokyo International Film Festival over the weekend, you can check it out here. It offers an insight into the business of filmmaking from the vantage point of an Oscar winning Irish screenwriter and director … [Continue reading]

Bertie, Biffo and the Bard of Avon

William Shakespeare

Hailed as a strong and decisive leader on his appointment to the top job, Brian Cowen has managed to confound both his supporters and critics in equal measure. Among the many questions we are left asking after two years of his stewardship, surely the … [Continue reading]

Bill Cullen and Irish Film

The Shining

Come January, the Irish Film Board will be without a CEO, so here's a thought - put Bill Cullen in charge. Better still, why not make a reality TV show out of it, a cross between "The Apprentice" and "Project Greenlight" with a dash of "Ireland's got … [Continue reading]

Script Pipeline notes on “In God’s Garden”


Recently, the film's producer and I debated where we would go to further develop the script of "In God's Garden" which right now is at an advanced stage and considered by the Film Board to be an accomplished script. Not so long ago Yahoo used to host … [Continue reading]