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Personal thoughts on Irish film, TV and other screen production

A Basic Income for Screen Artists?

Without knowing more about the random selection process, it’s hard to predict how much of the €105 million allocated to the BIA scheme will go to the screen sector, which arguably is not in need of such assistance given the record production levels of recent years.

Ardmore changes hands yet again

It is clear that the fortunes of Ardmore, its Troy sibling, and its rivals at Ashford and elsewhere, are hugely dependent on developments in the international screen industries and the markets they service.

Screening Dublin Port

If Dublin is to continue to inspire filmmakers, artists, musicians and cultural producers of all types, the port’s atmosphere, history and sense of place is something the city cannot afford to lose.

That’s a WRAP!

If Wild Mountain Thyme is succesful in reestablishing the West of Ireland as a viable Hollywood film location, expect the WRAP fund to see competition emerge from other regions of Ireland.

IFWA, the WRC, and the rise of the film guilds

The most striking feature of the WRC’s report is the degree to which it legitimises the remarkable recent trend in the industry towards film worker organisation, not through the traditional medium of trade unions, but through the ‘guilds structure’ that continues to evolve, with 24 new guilds currently listed under the SGI umbrella.

Reflections on Ryan’s Daughter

‘Ryan’s Daughter’ demonstrates that Ireland’s appeal to international filmmakers is often based more on financial expediency than creative opportunity.


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