22 February 2024 The Irish Film & Television Network
Galway Film Fleadh reveals 2022 Masterclasses.
22-06-16 10:00:00 : Nathan Griffin
Vicky Krieps, Mike Newell, and Lisa McGee
Galway Film Fleadh has announced screenwriter Lisa McGee, director Mike Newell, and actor Vicky Krieps for their 2022 Filmmaker’s Masterclass series

Lisa McGee will be the subject of this year’s Screenwriters Masterclass, sponsored by Gréasán na Meán Skillnet. An award-winning screenwriter and playwright from Derry, McGee is best known as the creator, writer, and executive producer of the critically acclaimed Channel 4 show Derry Girls (2018-22), which wrapped its final season last month. The series was inspired by McGee’s personal experience growing up in Derry in the 1990s amidst immense political conflict. Since its release in 2018, it has become an instant global phenomenon with two BAFTA nominations for Best Scripted Comedy Series.

McGee has received numerous accolades for her writing including the award for Best Comedy Writing on Television from the British Screenwriters’ Awards and Best Writer in a Comedy from the IFTA Gala Television Awards. In 2018, she was listed as one of BBC’s 100 Women.   

McGee co-created The Deceived with her husband Tobias Beer, and her other TV credits include London IrishRawBeing HumanThe White Queen and Indian Summers. Most recently, she worked as a creative director and writer for the BBC Four series, Skint, a powerful collection of monologues about poverty.    

Mike Newell will be the subject of this year’s Director Masterclass, sponsored by Screen Ireland. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Donnie Brasco (1997), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) are just some of the wide-ranging filmography of the award-winning director, which includes Dance with a Stranger (1984) winner of Cannes’ Prix de la Jeunesse, The Good Father (1985) winner of the Prix Italia, Enchanted April (1991) winner of 2 Golden Globes and the modern Irish classic, Into the West (1992).  

In 1994, Newell directed Four Weddings and a Funeral, the record-breaking romantic comedy, which went on to win four BAFTA’s including Best Film and Best Direction and garnered two Academy Award nominations including Best Picture. In America, Newell made the mafia thriller Donnie Brasco (1997) starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino, followed by such films as Pushing Tin (1999), starring Cate Blanchett, John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie, and Mona Lisa Smile (2003) with Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Newell served as Executive Producer on several projects including Traffic (2000) and High Fidelity (2000).  

As the Director of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Newell became the first British director to helm an instalment of the hugely popular franchise. Newell’s recent feature credits include Prince of PersiaGreat Expectations and his latest, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for Studio Canal starring Lily James and Michiel Huisman.  

Fresh from her recent Best Performance win at Cannes for playing Empress Elisabeth of Austria in Corsage, the Fleadh welcomes Vicky Krieps as the subject of this year’s Actors Masterclass, proudly sponsored by Screen Ireland. A highly talented Luxembourg actor, Krieps is best known for playing Alma Elson, the leading role in the Academy Award-nominated film Phantom Thread (2017) where she starred opposite Daniel Day-Lewis.   

Krieps played the morally compromised Alsatian interpreter in the television series Das Boot for which she also received a German Television Award for Best Actress. Other works include, Hanna (2011), Rommel (2012), Before the Winter Chill (2013), and The Girl in the Spider’s Web (2018). In 2021, Krieps starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s mystery thriller Old and in Mia Hansen-Løve’s romantic drama film Bergman Island (2021).  

The latest feature from director & actor Mathieu Amalric, Hold Me Tight (2021), stars Krieps in a tour-de-force performance as a mother who may or may not have abandoned her family, for which she was nominated for the 2022 César Award for Best Actress.   

For more information, you can click here or email emma@filmfleadh.ie to apply.

The Galway Film Fleadh returns this July for a live, in-person, and in-cinema edition, in the Town Hall Theatre and Pálás cinema after online & outdoor events during the past two years. The leading Irish film event has teased a record number of new Irish Film Premieres, a stellar line-up of European Cinema, nail-biting Documentaries, and short films, starting with the announcement of two World Premieres from its Irish line-up.  

The Fleadh will open with the World Premiere of Joyride. Directed by Emer Reynolds, Joyride tells the story of Joy (Olivia Colman), a complicated woman struggling with motherhood, who finds herself on the run with Mully (Charlie Reid), an adolescent with a mum-shaped void in his life. As they tear up the road on their riotous wild journey across Ireland, we follow these roguish ‘outlaws’ in search of their dreams, in this feel-good, foul-mouthed fairy-tale. Joyride will open this year’s Fleadh on the 5th of July at 7pm in the Town Hall Theatre.

Also announced is the midlands-set football drama, Lakelands. The film follows Cian, a young Gaelic footballer who struggles to comes to terms with a career-ending injury after an attack on a night out. Lakelands follows Cian as he undertakes a search for his own identity in a small town where Gaelic football is a religion, and identity is defined by what you can do on the pitch. Featuring the directorial debuts of Robert Higgins and Patrick McGivney, and a cast of emerging Irish stars including Éanna Hardwicke (Vivarium, Normal People) and Danielle Galligan (Netflix’s Shadow and Bone). Lakelands will premiere on July 9th at 9pm at the Town Hall Theatre.  

Lakelands previously won an award for the Best Marketplace Project pitched at the Film Fleadh’s film & television marketplace, a one-of-a kind Irish event where filmmakers with projects in development can meet with Film Financiers, Distributors, Sales Agents, Broadcasters and Major Producers. Lakelands returns to the Fleadh a year later for its World Premiere.

The Film Fleadh’s Director of Programming William Fitzgerald teased a bumper edition saying: “It’s exciting, the whole industry is looking forward to return to the first ‘proper Fleadh’ in three years, and we’re not going to disappoint with a record number of New Irish Film premieres in this year’s programme. Stay tuned for more to come.”

Full programme details will be announced next week, with hundreds of events including screenings, Q+A’s and filmmaker interviews, panel discussions, and more.  

The Galway Film Fleadh is supported by the Arts Council, Failte Ireland, Screen Ireland and Galway City Council.

Click here for tickets and more information about the Galway Film Fleadh.

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