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Fancy being famous? Open casting for Movie Extras in Dublin




The Westbury Hotel, Grafton Street, Dublin 2

Friday 13th & Saturday 14th July: 10am-7pm

As celebrates ten years of putting the public on the big screen, the company is delighted to announce its Open Casting Weekend, taking place on July 13th & 14th in Dublin’s Westbury Hotel.

MTV’s Laura Whitmore began her career with, finding out what the inside world of TV & film was all about.

So, for those who want a walk on part beside their favourite celeb or, like Laura, want to feed their curiosity about what really happens on set, are holding this Open Casting Weekend, at which all members of the public are invited to sign up for membership, have their make-up done by and have a photoshoot with an award-winning photographer. Continue reading

Japanese Film Festival Welcomes Makoto Shinkai to Lighthouse Cinema on July 2


access>CINEMA, in collaboration with The Embassy of Japan in Ireland, is delighted to welcome renowned anime director Makoto Shinkai to take part in a Q&A following the Irish premiere of his new film Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below, on MONDAY JULY 2nd at THE LIGHT HOUSE CINEMA, DUBLIN, 7pm. The premiere screening will be preceded by a rare opportunity to see Shinkai’s acclaimed short film, She And Her Cat, on the big screen.

Irish Times film writer Tara Brady will facilitate the Q&A.

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In advance of the release of DARK SHADOWS, the Light House Cinema will be taking a nostalgic look at the early work of Tim Burton with two Double Bills – PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE/BEETLEJUICE and a Johnny Depp Double Bill – EDWARD SCISSORHANDS/ED WOOD.

The world of Tim Burton is as colourful as it is dark and as eccentric as it is accessible. We hope you’ll join us over the bank holiday weekend for some escapism at its most aesthetically pleasing.

PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE – Sunday, 6th May – 6.30pm

Burton’s first feature length film and certainly his most under-seen, although PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE is a children’s film, it is as strange and unsettling as any of Burton’s later work. Oddly likeable man-child Pee Wee Herman’s cross-country adventure is hugely imaginative, wonderful to look at and full of the quirk and stylistic nuances that would become Tim Burton’s trademark.

BEETLEJUICE – Sunday 6th May – 8.30pm

Burton’s first bona fide Hollywood hit, starring Michael Keaton as the most vile, uncontrollable “bio-exorcist” you could ever have the misfortunate of being haunted by. With a career-best turn from Michael Keaton, ably supported by Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis. Beetlejuice deals with tragedy and despair in that ghoulish but light-hearted way that only Tim Burton can pull off.

*Audiences member are permitted to “shake shake shake senora” where appropriate.

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS – Monday 7th May – 6.30pm

The first film in one of the great actor/director partnerships of all time, here Burton convinces teen idol Johnny Depp to cover up his face, mess up his hair and dress up in S&M gear to bring us a story about a gentle man, made by a lonely inventor, who died before he could give him real hands. EDWARD SCISSORHANDS is one the most beloved of Tim Burton’s films and balances his two loves, 1960’s pastiche and gothic aesthetic quite comfortably.

ED WOOD – Monday May 7th – 8.30pm

After years of taking inspiration from 1950’s B-movies, Tim Burton decided to pay direct homage to one of the most notorious figures from the annals of cult film, Ed Wood, bad director extraordinaire whose Plan 9 From Outer Space is commonly referred to as “the worst film ever made”. Far from making Ed Wood the butt of a joke, Tim Burton and his star Johnny Depp lovingly create a character whose ambition, passion and vision knows no bounds, except unfortunately his own lack of talent.

German Film Week at Dublin’s IFI

IFI presents German Film Week from 10th-16th May featuring new films from German masters Volker Schlöndorff and Andreas Dresen

This small selection of recent German films, presented in association with the Goethe-Institut Irland, opens and closes with new works by two of contemporary cinema’s finest directors, Volker Schlöndorff and Andreas Dresen, as well as featuring a host of emerging talents.

Schlöndorff was one of the leading lights of the so-called New German Cinema of the 1960s and ‘70s, and won an Oscar for his 1979 adaptation of Günter Grass’ The Tin Drum. It was while living in France and serving an apprenticeship to such French cinema giants as Louis Malle, Jean-Pierre Melville and Alain Resnais, that he learned about the dark episode from WW2 Occupied France that inspired his new film Calm at Sea. Set in a French internment camp this film about reprisal executions is scrupulously even-handed and unsentimental, but packs quite an emotional punch. The screening will be followed by a reception at the IFI provided by the Goethe-Institut Irland for all opening night ticketholders. Continue reading

Dublin to host celebration of legendary filmmaker John Ford

Dublin to Host International Celebration of John Ford
Filmmakers and film experts prepare to gather in Dublin to honour and celebrate the legacy of John Ford, one of the world’s most respected and influential filmmakers.

The inaugural John Ford Ireland Film Symposium takes place 7 – 10 June with a four day focus on film and filmmaking, inspired and informed by the timeless work of legendary Irish-American director John Ford.

Ford directed 137 films, worked on circa 80 other projects, documentaries & short films, and still holds the record for winning the most Oscars for his work as Director. Ford, whose parents were born in the west of Ireland, was the first recipient of the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and received the American Presidential Medal of Freedom for his important war documentaries during his World War II American Navy service.

His work continues to be much loved by audiences around the world, with favourites including the big screen classics such as The Searchers, The Grapes of Wrath, Fort Apache, Rio Grande, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, Stagecoach, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and How Green Was My Valley.

Ford kept strong connections with Ireland, where he made a number of films, the most important of which was The Quiet Man, consideredhis most personal film. Continue reading

Uk & Irish release of Eddie Murphy’s A Thousand Words is cancelled.

Eddie Murphy is no stranger to criticism, but it seems he may have hit rock bottom with his latest flick, A Thousand Words. The film, which was due to be released here on April 6, has received such negative reviews that Paramount will no longer be releasing the film in Ireland or the UK.

A Thousand Words is directed by Brian Robbins (who worked with Murphy on Norbit and Meet Dave), and sees Eddie Murphy play a fast-talking literary agent who makes an enemy in New Age guru Dr.Sinja (Cliff Curtis) after telling one lie too many. In response, Dr.Sinja places a curse upon Murphy until he learns to truthfully communicate….So, a rip-off of Liar, Liar, basically.

The film currently has a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with 50 out of 50 critics absolutely slating the so-called “comedy.” Comments include:

– “The concept is unoriginal, the scenarios aren’t funny, and its message is banal” ~ Claudia Puig of USA Toda.
– “Only the most masochistic connoisseurs of the truly awful need check it out.” ~ Brian Tallerico of
– “With A Thousand Words, Murphy plunges headlong back into the swamp of insipid comedies he’d just crawled his way out of.” ~ Barbara VanDenburgh of the Arizona Republic

And even Variety, who can often be quite sympathetic towards widely panned films, seem to have had their sympathy worn down by the sheer stupidity of the project, with Justin Chang writing “Murphy’s largely wordless, physically adroit performance can’t redeem this tortured exercise in high-concept spiritualist hokum.”

The film was made in 2008, set for a 2009 release but was delayed when Dreamworks Pictures separated from Paramount and Viacom. In 2008, Brian Robbins also directed Murphy in Meet Dave, which was also panned, getting only 19% on Rotten Tomatoes. Maybe it’s time to end the bromance, lads.

Paramount didn’t respond to our inquiries, but we’ll keep you posted on their official line about the fiasco.

See the trailer here: watch?v=m2MO_ID4ltA

Live webchat with The Avengers tonight!

Comic geeks of the world, unite! The Avengers are assembling – to save the world, obviously, but also for a live webchat, happening tonight!

It’s been confirmed that director of S.H.I.E.L.D Nick Fury – also known as Samuel L. Jackson, donncha know – will be joining Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg and Joss Whedon in a global fan chat this evening to talk about the highly-anticipated The Avengers movie, coming out here on April 27!

Assemble at 7pm – you can get involved and follow all the action here on the UK & Ireland facebook Page here.

The Oscar nominations are in…& they’re a joke.

So main Oscar nominations have been announced, & can we all just take this chance to say…what a load of BOLLOCKS. Not only did Michael Fassbender or Carey Mulligan get no nominations for Shame, Nicolas Winding Refn’s incredible Drive – named practically everywhere as Film of the Year – only got one nomination. For bloody sound editing. I don’t know what the hell they were thinking, but take solace in the fact that that’s the only nomination Fight Club got back in the day too, so hopefully Drive will enjoy the enduring cult classic status of that film – though it deserves a hell of a lot more. And just to really piss me off, Spielberg’s goddawful, sentimental, orchestrated piece of TRIPE Warhorse got a best picture nomination? Are you f*cking KIDDING me? Reviews everywhere (bar one Irish paper, who bizarrely seem to have been drinking the Disney Kool-Aid) gave it bad to mediocre reviews -but hey, we’re not all friends with Spielberg, unlike, ooh, I dunno, the Academy?
Literally the two saving graces of the nominations were the nod to Nick Nolte’s amazing turn in Warrior, that had me (& everyone else in the cinema) sobbing like a little girl the three times I went to see it, & the nom for the gorgeous jazz love story Chico & Rita – it was out here over a year ago, but hey, better late than never.

Oh, & finally – if Jonah Hill gets an Oscar I’m going to bite each & every member of the Academy. I just watched The Sitter, so I may be biased, but seriously. I’ll bite. Hard.

The Artist
War Horse
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Martin Scorsese, Hugo (pictured)
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

George Clooney, The Descendants
Demian Bachir, A Better Life
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Meryl Streep, Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Viola Davis, The Help

Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Nick Nolte, Warrior

Octavia Spencer, The Help
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Jonah Hill, Moneyball

oneyball, Aaron Sorkin & Steve Zaillian
The Descendants, by Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne, and Jim Rash
Hugo, by John Logan
The Ides of March, by George Clooney and Grant Heslov
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, by Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan

The Artist, by Michel Hazanavicius
Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen
Bridesmaids, Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo
Margin Call, J.C. Chandor
A Separation, Asghar Farhadi

A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

IFTA nominations announced

So the IFTA nominations are out, with plenty of appearances from those lucky actors & filmmakers who appear on our Ones To Watch in 2012 list, which you can see in the next issue. Among them, Terry McMahon & Antonia Campbell-Hughes got noms but I imagine The Guard, Drive & Shame are going to sweep the boards at the awards, which will be held on February 11 & hosted by Simon Delany.

Fun, vaguely-creepy fact: I once auditioned for Seacht, the Irish drama that’s nominated for a Special Irish Language Award. The role was for a kind of rock chick rebel girl, & I was sure that I was a shoo-in because my big brother was already starring in the show. After two auditions I got a call telling me that I was really good, looked perfect for the part…but they’d just got the finalized scripts back & my character had to try seduce my brother’s character, what that a problem?

So yeah, good luck to that show I was never in.


Albert Nobbs- Alan Moloney, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn and Glen Close (Parallel Film & TV Productions)
Charlie Casanova- Terry McMahon (Source Productions)
Stella Days- Jackie Larkin& Leslie McKimm (Newgrange Pictures)
The Guard- Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Chris Larke, Flore Fernandez Marengo(Element Pictures)


Rebecca Daly – The Other Side of Sleep (Fastnet Films)
John Michael McDonagh – The Guard (Element Pictures)
Terry McMahon – Charlie Casanova (Source Productions)
Thaddeus O’Sullivan – Stella Days (Newgrange Pictures)


John Banville & Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs (Parallel Film & Television Productions)
John Michael McDonagh – The Guard (Element Pictures)
Terry McMahon – Charlie Casanova (Source Productions)
Antoine O’Flaherta – Stella Days (Newgrange Pictures)


Michael Fassbender – Shame (Momentum Pictures)
Brendan Gleeson – The Guard (Element pictures)
Ciarán Hinds – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Focus Features)
Martin Sheen – Stella Days (Newgrange Pictures)


Aoife Duffin – Behold The Lamb (Dumbworld Productions)
Antonia Campbell Hughes – The Other Side of Sleep (Fastnet Films)
Marcella Plunkett – Stella Days (Newgrange Pictures)
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IFI French Film Festival kicks off tonight!

The 2011 IFI French Film Festival Gala Opening screening of The Bird with special guest Yves Caumon kicks off 12 days of the highlights from Cannes and Venice, French classics, a special French menu and a host of industry VIPs.

16th-27th November 2011

The IFI French Film Festival gets off to a glamorous start tonight with the Gala Opening screening of The Bird, a tender drama of a woman coming to terms with grief featuring a stunning performance from Sandrine Kiberlain. The film’s director Yves Caumon will attend and will be taking part in a Q+A before the reception starts.

For 12 days the IFI will be once more transforming itself into Dublin’s Gallic hub with a wide range of special guests coming to present their work and discuss French cinema. Special Guest highlights will include veteran character actor Jean-Pierre Darroussin presenting Early One Morning, major critic Michel Ciment interviewing leading French filmmaker Claude Miller during a focus on his recent work, Philippe Ramos presenting his new take on an iconic subject of French history The Silence of Joan, and Luce Vigo presenting a selection of winners of the innovative Prix Jean Vigo – the prize named after her legendary filmmaker father.

Other familiar faces to French film fans to watch out for in the Festival include Catherine Deneuve acting in His Mother’s Eyes and Beloved, Sandrine Kiberlain in The Bird and Service Entrance and Chiara Mastroianni in Beloved.

Alongside these veterans there are two particularly astonishing newcomers; the heart-wrenching turn from 11-year old Thomas Doret in the Dardenne brothers’ Cannes hit The Kid with the Bike and Yahima Torres’ riveting debut in Abdellatif Kechiche’s Black Venus as Sarah Baartman, an enslaved African who was exhibited around 19th century Europe.

Alongside new acting talent, the three films in the First-Time Directors strand present a vibrant picture of the up and coming generation of French filmmakers: Simon Werner’s Lights Out follows the aftermath of a high school abduction, Roland Edzard’s The End of Silence follows a hunting trip tinged with vengeance, and Cyril Mennegun’s debut drama Louise Wimmer is a bleak but dignified look at a struggling divorcee.

Another excellent IFI French Film Festival programme should provide plenty for fans of French cinema, culture, style and sophistication to enjoy so don’t miss out! Check out the full programme on or pick up a brochure at the IFI. Continue reading