Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Northwest Wing

Not many members of the Irish film-making community have been publicly involved in electoral politics through the years, though many may have contributed behind the scenes like Liam O Laoghaire did when he made Our Country, an influential campaign film for Clann na Poblachta in 1948.

I believe Fine Gael's Jimmy Deenihan has some production experience and Labour's Alex White is a former RTE producer. Eoin Holmes, a Labour party councillor in County Meath, would be well-known to many in the industry as an independent producer but he is not a candidate in the election.

So it's newsworthy then that film director and Irish Film Board member Johnny Gogan is standing as a candidate for the Green Party in the Sligo/North Leitrim constituency. Further information on his campaign here, and on the full range of constituency candidates here.

Any other film or arts practitioners on the hustings?

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