Category Archives: Interviews

Quick chat with Lenny: Almost there, but…

It’s half 4 on Sunday and I’ve caught up with Lenny for a very quick chat.

So Lenny, it’s 4.30pm. You’re still at it; how’s it going?

I think we’re in good shape. I think – if we can solve a few of technical problems in the next couple of hours – that something of everyone’s work will be there. Big chunks of some and tiny flashes of others and overall a beautiful thing.

How long do you think the finished product will be?

We’ve got something under an hour which feels like the right length for the screening tonight.

Any stumbling blocks?

We’ve had to work so fast that I know there are better edits out there, just a day or two away. It’s pretty certain that there are things in the cut that should be out and things out of the cut that should be in.

I hope the film makers forgive me for both and especially those whose work only flickers through the cut. If anything is not there, it’s because in our state of exhaustion we couldn’t solve tech problems. The dictates of the cut always overshadow anything else.

And where from here?

This is not the end of the road, it’s just one pass at a single film impression of this huge range of work – all of which will be seen again online. I also think that lots of it will be seen at festivals too because there are really great pieces here.

Any words for the film makers?

Simply, the biggest, hugest most sincere thanks and respect to all of them. I’m blown away by the work that’s come in.

Also major thanks to producer Andrew McAvinchey and editor Declan Lynch for work way above and beyond and for Derek O’Connor and Darklight for having the idea to do this in the first place.

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Stew and Red Lemonade

Kevin Marron is directing a film with a difference. Revolving around a taxi driver whose wife has died before their long awaited restaurant has opened, a random act of kindness turns into a story with a twist.

I sat in The Bankers where Kevin was filming part of his film with actors and friends Steve Gunn, Andrea Murphy and Diane Jennings, ably assisted by Rachel Rath and Dave Doherty. As the scenes unfold and get shot, reshot and improvised, I begin to see just how much goes into getting a short film right.

Each shot is filmed from different angles, with different intonations, inflections and ideas in an effort to capture the essence of what Kevin is trying to bring to the screen. The actresses work quickly, with humour and patience as they repeat the “Ah he’s a nice man” scene, despite poor Andrea dying for a red lemonade.

It’s only when watching something like this, the interaction between actors and directors, the dialogue and conversation between them that I began to realise truly how collaborative a project all this is. Each scene is discussed, first from what the director requires and then how the actors want to play it.

When I spoke to him briefly, Kevin was “thrilled” to be working on the project and enthusiastic about the outcome. “It’s as much about the process as the finished project” he said, “the whole thing’s been a blast.”

Over from Paris for the film

Rebecca Daly came over from Paris to her native Dublin for the shoot, just for one day. Now there’s dedication. I grabbed her for just the couple of minutes it took to transfer her movies ready for Declan and Lenny.

What is your short film about?

Worn shoes. Literally. We follow the story of a family through the shoes that they wear.

Where was the family from?

I worked with lovely people out in Ballyfermot.

How did the shoot go?

Very well. I’m really happy with the final result!

What made you get involved in this movie project?

Well it’s very interesting, an exciting project to be involved in. Something different and possibly unique. I’m looking forwrd to seeing the final product.

Any big fears?

Just that the movie won’t transfer over now and I’ll be late for the airport! Apart from that it’s all with Lenny and Declan, and I bet they’ll do great!

Thanks for the time Rebecca! Hope you got home safely 🙂

Interview with Conor McMahon

The opening shot is a take on Midnight Cowboy, he was thinking of calling it “Scumbags in the Mist” and it’s based on something that happened to him. I caught up with Conor McMahon at Filmbase just after he’d finished shooting.


(sorry about the sound quality)

With him were Paul Ward, Ciarán Foy and Steven Neeson, who may or may not be Liam’s son…

The true story from Conor:

I was mugged once on Dorset Street. He took my bank card but made me walk with him to the ATM to get money. On the way we veered from casual conversation to “I’ll break yer bleedin’ head in…” threats. It was quite bizarre, him reminding me of the situation and where I stood.

Today though there were a few people wondering what we were up to, including one have-a-go hero. Good to know that there’s still people around who are willing to help!

What are the sirens afraid of?

Well, Philomena said she liked “hard questions” so I decided to ask them “What are you most afraid of happening in the next 24 hours?”

In the video, apart from my loud ramblings and the lovely Emily, are Philomena Fitzpatrick, Bernice McLaughlin, Aoife Moore and Danielle Masterson, all members of both Graham’s and Rachel’s shoots and all members of The Attic Studio.

Graham Cantwell talks about his shoot

The lucky guy to the right of this photo in the blue jacket is Graham Cantwell. He’s off out on a shoot with Karl Argue (blessed is he among women!), Philomena Fitzpatrick, Bernice McLoughlin, Aoife Moore, Danielle Masterson, Linda Teehan, Klara McDonnell and Carla McGlynn to shoot a modern take on Ulysses in Dublin.

“Joyce’s Ulysses was his capturing a day in Dublin in literary form.

We have the same opportunity on film and so rather than taking on the Joyce novel, I’m going back to the original Homeric epic, and one aspect in particular, the only man who survived hearing the song of the sirens and survived, because he was saved by the Goddess Aphrodite. So that’s what we’re up to.”

That’s certainly a film that I’m looking forward to! When asked for one word about his feelings, he came back with:

Excited

A good way to be! Graham is also a founder of The Attic Studio, which he created with Rachel Rath in 2003. It’s is a community of actors, directors and writers who meet regularly to rehearse, share ideas and network with a priority to explore and create new work.

Sitting with some sirens

It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it…

I sat with the gorgeous Linda Teehan, Carla McGlynn and Klara McDonnell to talk about their role in Graham Cantwell’s short film, a modern take on Joyce’s Ulysses.

The girls are bright, bubbly and their enthusiasm is infectious. They exude confidence and delight in their part in the shoot today and despite the rain really seem to be looking forward to the shoot.

We did Rachel Rath’s shoot last night – it was BRILLIANT. Without giving too much away we shot in Temple Bar in a group, and the reactions of the people around us were priceless.

Yeah that’s an important and fun part of it. We’re out doing our bit but we saw other people out filming – you really get a sense that you’re part of something big, a great project, something very unusual going on.

It’s fantastic to see so much collaboration, so many people coming together for this. I think it’ll be so interesting to see how they put the movie together, what they do and what the finished result will be.

I took a qik video with them as well – I hope the sound quality does it justice!