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 » Features & Interviews

Stubborn Kind of Fella
30 Sep 2014 | As he prepares to tour the country with Unbreakable - about blind paraplegic Mark Pollock - filmmaker Ross Whitaker talks to IFTN about filmmaking, friendship and the future of documentary. 
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24 Sep 2014 | Or pretty darn close to it. The mischievous brain behind such pivotal TV gems as The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, Not The Nine O’Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and Q.I., John Lloyd flew into Dublin recently for an IFTA In Conversation With...event. Paul Byrne caught up with him to talk funny, family and physics. 
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‘Damo & Ivor’ Returns Tonight – IFTN Interviews Star/Writer Andy Quirke and Directors Rob & Ronan Burke
22 Sep 2014 | The highly-anticipated return of ‘Damo & Ivor’ will take place on our screens tonight and, as the tagline promises, it will be going ‘out with a bang, in with a bump’. The satirical comedy follows the title characters (both played by Andy Quirke, who also wrote the series with Jules Coll), who are separated at birth but meet again in their adolescence. As one of the brothers, Damo, has been raised on the mean streets of Dublin and the other, Ivor, grew up in Dublin’s affluent Foxrock area, their clashes have chaotic and hilarious consequences 
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Interview with Neasa Hardiman, Director of upcoming ‘Scott and Bailey’ Season 4 finale
19 Sep 2014 |

Director Neasa Hardiman is directing the two part finale of the BAFTA-nominated ITV police drama ‘Scott and Bailey’, currently airing on ITV. IFTN talks to Neasa (‘In The Club’, BAFTA-winning ‘Tracy Beaker Returns’) about how her directing style and the show’s specific tone are in ‘perfect alignment’, how she landed the season finale, the show’s very authentic female characters, her directing style, her upcoming film projects and some advice to budding filmmakers.

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A ‘Noble’ Cause
17 Sep 2014 | True life stories have gripped Irish filmmakers and audiences time and time again, so Stephen Bradley’s hard work on ‘Noble’ - about the Dublin woman who would start a world-famous orphanage foundation for street children - might just pay off. 
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IFTN talks to 'Begin Again' writer-director John Carney
09 Jul 2014 | ‘Once’ writer-director John Carney has yet again combined music, a seemingly unusual coupling, comedy & bucketfuls of charm to create one of the summer’s best films with his new release, 'Begin Again'. 
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Interview with Brendan Muldowney, Director-Writer of 'Love Eternal'
04 Jul 2014 | ‘Love Eternal’, the second feature from Irish filmmaker Brendan Muldowney following his haunting ‘Savage’, will be released in cinemas in Ireland today. Based on the Japanese novel ‘In Love with the Dead’ by Kei Oshi, the feature follows a lonely young man who becomes obsessed with death and tries to understand life by coming closer to death. 
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Interview with the Directors of ‘Road’
12 Jun 2014 | ‘Road’ is a feature-length documentary narrated by Liam Neeson about two generations of brothers who compete in the exhilarating and dangerous sport of motorcycle racing. William and Michael Dunlop followed in the footsteps of their father Robert and uncle, Joey Dunlop, to compete in road racing, for which Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man are two of the few places left in the world where the sport survives. The documentary reveals how a combination of skill and good or bad luck can lead to success or tragedy. 
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Q&A with ‘Starred Up’ & ‘Good Vibrations’ Editor Nick Emerson
04 Jun 2014 |  
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'Jimmy’s Hall' Out in Cinemas Today – IFTN speaks with Cast & Crew
30 May 2014 | Fresh from Cannes, at which the cast and crew received a 14 minute-long standing ovation at the film premiere and the film secured a US distribution deal with Sony, the highly-anticipated ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ is showing in Irish cinemas from today. IFTN had the opportunity to not only speak to stars Barry Ward and Simone Kirby, who play the title role and his love interest respectively, but was also given an audience with its director Ken Loach, one of the most highly-revered directors of Britain, and long-time writing partner Paul Laverty, of Irish and Scottish descent. 
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IFTN Speaks with Locations Manager Kieran Hennessy
29 May 2014 | With the release of ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ fast approaching, IFTN got the chance to sit down with locations team member Kieran Hennessy to discuss his career and work on the upcoming movie, starring Barry Ward, Simone Kirby and Andrew Scott. 
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‘Hill Street’ Out in Irish Cinemas May 23
20 May 2014 | ‘Hill Street’ looks at the evolution of skateboarding culture in Dublin from the late 1980s up until today. The film comprises interviews with key players in both the Irish and global skate community, including legendary skater Tony Hawk, and also features rare, never-seen-before footage. The documentary marks the directorial debut of JJ Rolfe, who is best-known for his work as a cinematographer for TV series ‘Hardy Bucks’ and acclaimed shorts ‘El Toro’, ‘Just Saying’ and ‘Scratch.’ 
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Interview with Seamus McGarvey, DOP for ‘Godzilla’
15 May 2014 | Seamus McGarvey is a renowned cinematographer from Co. Armagh who has produced a wide portfolio of critically-acclaimed dramas and blockbuster films. He has worked in several genres, from popular comedy features like ‘High Fidelity’, to moving dramas such as ‘The Hours’, ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’ and ‘World Trade Centre’, and for action movies like ‘Sahara’ and sci-fi hit ‘Marvel Avengers Assemble’. Also well-known for his work with director Joe Wright, who he has collaborated with for ‘Pride & Prejudice’, ‘Atonement’ and ‘Anna Karenina’, McGarvey’s latest work sees him return to big VFX in one of the most highly-anticipated films of the season – ‘Godzilla’. 
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Interview with Lenny Abrahamson, Director of ‘Frank’
08 May 2014 | Since receiving rave reviews from Sundance, several international distribution deals, and widespread media attention surrounding lead Michael Fassbender wearing a giant fake head, everyone is talking about new feature film ‘Frank’. The film comes from the critically-acclaimed and award-winning (including four IFTAs) Dublin-born director, Lenny Abrahamson, and is out tomorrow. 
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Interview with Cathy Brady, Director & Rising Star
07 May 2014 | Ahead of an IFI programme that will present her award-winning shorts this weekend, Cathy Brady speaks with IFTN about directing the new TV series ‘Glue’. She also gives advice on how to break into the industry and gives us an insight into what projects she has coming up. 
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‘Run & Jump’ Opens Today
02 May 2014 | ‘Run & Jump’, which hits Irish cinemas today, Friday, 2 May 2014, is directed by Steph Green, whose short film ‘New Boy’ earned her an Oscar nod in 2009. 
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Interview with Ronan Hill – Production Sound Mixer for ‘GOT’
15 Apr 2014 | It is only the second week of ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4, airing now on HBO and Sky Atlantic, and already the series is generating record-breaking ratings. Behind every great production is a great production team, and one of those elements is sound. IFTN caught up with Ronan Hill, production sound mixer on all four seasons of the show so far, to discuss his recent win at the IFTAs, what elements go into sound mixing, and about the hit TV series. 
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07 Mar 2014 | Ever wondered what it would be like to do the graphics on a Wes Anderson film? So did Dublin-based Annie Atkins as she headed out to the Alps to work on ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’... 
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05 Mar 2014 | What with his hit TV shows, big-screen faves, West End adoration and that Oscar nomination, it’s amazing that PETER MCDONALD found the time to co-write, produce and star in ‘The Stag’. “The trick is to keep moving forward,” the 42-year old Dubliner tells Paul Byrne. 
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04 Mar 2014 | It’s been quite a year for Andrew Scott, what with ‘Sherlock’, working with Ken Loach and now making his first big Hollywood blockbuster. Making ‘The Stag’, the Dublin actor tells Paul Byrne, was “like a welcome trip back home, and reality”. 
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