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House of Cards’ Showrunner Beau Willimon to Attend Galway Film Centre’s Annual Film & TV Seminar
23 Oct 2014 : Seán Brosnan
Showrunning, creative production, line producing and crowd funding are just some of the areas which will be examined in Galway Film Centre’s Annual Film & TV Seminar this November 27th/28th.

Many special guests from around the world will attend including Beau Willimon, showrunner on House of Cards, Claire Jennings, BAFTA winning producer of Coraline and The Curse of the Were Rabbit and Finola Dwyer, Oscar nominated producer of An Education and Brooklyn.

An in depth interview will be conducted with Beau Willimon about his work as creator, writer and executive producer on ‘House of Cards’. The TV drama, starring Kevin Spacey, was the first in Netflix’ line of original programming and represents a bold new business model for TV and film production. At 36, Beau is one of the youngest showrunners in the US and has also written ‘The Ides of March’ starring George Clooney.

Gub Neal (‘The Fall’ and Former Head of Drama at Channel 4) and James Flynn (Octagon Films- ‘Love/Hate’, ‘Penny Dreadful’) will examine key TV shows from their careers from both a creative and business point of view and this will be conducted by Paddy Hayes.

This year, the seminar will take its first look at the production of animation. It is an exciting time for the animation sector in Ireland and in Galway and there will be a panel discussion to reflect that with speakers such as Claire Jennings, Moe Honan (Moetion Films) and Heather Mills (Beochan Animation Studio).

Likewise, the creative and business aspects of film-production will be delved into in a panel with Finola Dwyer, who has just produced Colm Tóbín’s ‘Brooklyn’, Lee Magiday (Element Pictures – ‘The Guard’) and Alexander Arlango (‘The Duchess’, ‘Last Days on Mars’). This panel will be chaired by David Collins (Samson Films).

Looking at the nuts and bolts of film-making, Oliver Luer (‘Valkyrie’, ‘The Pianist’) will conduct a case study on his work as line producer on Roman Polanski’s ‘The Ghost’. Also, emerging producer Paddy Slattery and director James Fitzgerald will give a workshop on producing their award winning graduate film ‘Skunky Dog’, which used crowd-funding and was shot entirely in Galway. They will be interviewed by Niamh Heery (‘Our Unfenced Country’).

More guests will be announced in the coming weeks and full details on the event will be available soon on www.galwayfilmcentre.ie. The event takes place in The Connemara Coast on Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th and is supported by The Arts Council, the BAI, Galway County Council, Galway City Council, Screen Training Ireland and presented in association with The Irish Film Board, TG4, RTÉ, The Creative Europe Desk, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Telegael, the US Embassy and GMIT.

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