Thursday, September 22, 2011

Catch up post...

While keeping continuity on the Magma posts I've neglected some other news so this is a quick update.....

A timely look at adaptations of John Le Carré's work is the main focus of the annual 'Adaptation Festival' in Dromahair, Co. Leitrim - October 14-16

Seven projectionists - they used be called 'operators' in the old days - are being made redundant this coming weekend at the Cineworld complex in Dublin. They are being replaced by an IT technician and servers as the 17-screen cinema goes fully digital. This phase of the conversion process began in July at what is one of the busiest and most profitable cinemas in Britain and Ireland. The days of celluloid are truly numbered.

Several weeks ago there was a very interesting letter to the Irish Times from Rosaleen MacDonagh about issues of representation of her culture and community in the documentary film Knuckle. In voicing her concerns about stereotyping she doesn't refer to the fact that remake/adaptation rights have been sold in America. She ends her letter with this:
We need to tell a different story. We need to hold the camera ourselves and, more importantly, we need to find pride in our community, not just in upholding our family name.
It's a view that can be applied equally to the wider society and culture.

The Film Board announced the following loan decisions as of 7th September.
Project Director Writer Production Company Funding Award

First Draft Loans
Margaret Rebecca Daly Rebecca Daly & Glenn Montgomery €16,000
Monsters & Magic Jason Butler & Brendan Butler €16,000
The Adventures Of Super Frank Chris O'Dowd & John O'Dowd €16,000
Sixty Eight Naomi Sheridan €12,000
A Key To The Suite Morgan Bushe €12,000

Fiction Development Loans
Big Silver Lining Brian Durnin Brian Durnin & Mark Doherty Red Rage Films €16,500
The Valentine Gang Darragh Byrne Mark Doherty & Darragh Byrne Ripple World Pictures €20,000
Crossing Salween Brian O'Malley Brian O'Malley Nine Rivers Media €30,000
Harm's Way Cathal Black Adam Rynne Blinder Films €9,000
The Absence Sonata Thomas Martin Rainmark Films €25,000
Devlin Aisling Walsh Kate Gartside & Aisling Walsh Subotica Limited €17,000
Reeling Anne Marie Casey Parallel Film Productions €15,000
Twelve Twenty Three Stuart Townsend Eoin McNamee Parallel Film Productions €20,000
Memorabilia John Butler Kevin Barry Parallel Film Productions €9,000
Brian Rua Finola Geraghty Finola Geraghty Parallel Film Productions €30,000
Stags Declan Recks Eugene O'Brien Samson Films €20,000
Beautiful Noise Damien O'Donnell Helen Seymour Coastguard Films €25,000

Animation Development Loans
Pillage & Sons Nicky Phelan Nicky Phelan Brown Bag Films €9,000
The Overcoat Jeremy Purcell & Hugh O'Connor Hugh O'Connor A Man & Ink €29,000

International Development
Galway Bay Jim Sheridan Naomi Sheridan & Mary Pat Kelly Hells Kitchen International & Jean Doumanian Productions €25,000

Fiction Feature Films
Life On Mars Ruairí Robinson Clive Dawson Fantastic Films €500,000
Life's A Breeze Lance Daly Lance Daly Fastnet Films €750,000
What Richard Did Lenny Abrahamson Malcolm Campbell Element Pictures €720,000
Grooskill Mark O'Connor Mark O'Connor Vico Films & Black Sheep Productions €275,000

The Craic Morag Tinto Soho Moon Pictures €10,000
The Doctor's Sword Gary Lennon Gambit Pictures €12,000
Icarus 3D Joel Conroy Fastnet Films Provisional Offer Of Commitment
Beyond The Endgame Trevor Birney & Ruth O'Reilly Below The Radar €100,000
Showrunners Des Doyle Black Sheep Productions Provisional Offer Of Commitment
Silent Majority Mark Byrne & Robert Dennis Planet Korda Pictures €10,000

Completion Fund
Finding Joy Neil Dowling Neil Dowling True Films €15,000
State Of Suspension Clare Langan Clare Langan Productions €15,000

Regional Support Fund
Good Vibrations Glenn Leyburn & Lisa Barros D'Sa Glenn Patterson & Chris Carberry Treasure Entertainment €75,000
Love Eternal Brendan Muldowney Brendan Muldowney Fastnet Films €120,000
Sanctuary Norah McGettigan Norah McGettigan & Gabriel Vargas Vasquez Venom Limited €120,000

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