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Director Stephen Fingleton and actor Martin McCann talk ‘The Survivalist’
12 Feb 2016 | Conceived as an idea by writer/director Stephen Fingleton as far back as 2010 (after watching the documentary ‘Collapse’ which deals with the premise of unsustainable energy), ‘The Survivalist’ is finally released to cinemas and On Demand today. 
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Emer Reynolds – Making The Cut
11 Feb 2016 | Winner of back-to-back IFTA Awards in 2014 and 2015, editor Emer Reynolds talks to IFTN about she got into the film and television industry. 
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Making The Cut: Piers McGrail – DoP of ‘Glassland’ and upcoming ‘Tomato Red’
09 Feb 2016 | Probably one of the most sought after DoP’s in Ireland at the minute, we chat to 2015 IFTA nominee Piers McGrail on how he got into the industry. 
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Magamedia’s Paddy Hayes on surreal comedy series ‘Eipic’ – “Boldly going where no broadcaster went before”
04 Feb 2016 | With Magamedia’s comedy series ‘Eipic’ airing on TG4 tonight at 10pm, Executive Producer Paddy Hayes talks us through the new show. 
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‘Strangerland’ co-writer Michael Kinirons: “I wanted to keep it messy – this is a really intense situation and these are complex characters”
04 Feb 2016 | It has been a long road for ‘Strangerland’. The Irish/Australian co-production from Fastnet Films was in development hell for years before Macdara Kelleher from Fastnet Films commissioned Michael Kinirons to write the script, based on an original idea by Fiona Seres. 
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Thaddeus O’Sullivan talks to IFTN – director of ‘Silent Witness’ two-parter commencing tonight
01 Feb 2016 | If you are a fan of BBC crime drama series, chances a lot of what you will be watching this week was helmed by Irish director Thaddeus O’Sullivan. 
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Benjamin Cleary on Oscar nominated short film ‘Stutterer’ – “We knew it was a risk worth taking”
29 Jan 2016 | ‘Stutterer’ may be the title of Irish filmmaker Benjamin Cleary’s Oscar nominated short film but stuttering is certainly not an apt adjective when describing his swift ascent to the top tier of the industry. 
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Writer Colin Teevan and producer Catherine Magee on ‘Rebellion’
29 Jan 2016 | With the fifth and final episode of RTÉ’s ‘Rebellion’ airing this Sunday, IFTN talks to writer Colin Teevan and producer Catherine Magee about the series. 
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Interview with Oscar nominated director Tom McCarthy – Irish-American helmer of ‘Spotlight’
21 Jan 2016 | Having grown up Irish Catholic in America, Tom McCarthy knew what he was taking on with the Oscar-nominated, true-life church abuse drama Spotlight. Paul Byrne pulls up a pew. 
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A Practical Guide To Drones On Set from Aerial Filming Ireland co-founder Susan Talbot
20 Jan 2016 | Susan Talbot has a background in Film & Television Production as well as being an Emmy Award winning editor. She is the Co-Founder of Aerial Filming Ireland and more recently Skytango.com so who better to ask for a practical guide to utilizing drones on set? Over to you, Susan. 
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Tim Palmers Top ten
18 Jan 2016 | From Into The West to Patrick's Day, Tim Palmer has produced quite a few of the more intesting movies to come out of Ireland in the last 25 years. So, what are the movies that rock his world...? 
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Jim Sheridan, Lenny Abrahamson and Ed Guiney on having “three teams left in the World Cup”
13 Jan 2016 | With Irish films ‘Room’, ‘Brooklyn’ and ‘Viva’ very much in the Oscar conversation, Irish directors Lenny Abrahamson and Jim Sheridan and producer Ed Guiney have spoken about Irish films “special moment”. 
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‘Viva’ director Paddy Breathnach talks to IFTN about being in the Oscar Conversation
13 Jan 2016 | With the Oscar nominations announced tomorrow (January 14th), we caught up with director Paddy Breathnach to talk about ‘Viva’ which is on the shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. 
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In My Room: IFTN talks to ‘Room’ director Lenny Abrahamson
12 Jan 2016 | One of the most important directors coming out of Ireland right now, Lenny Abrahamson hits a career peak with the awards-magnet ‘Room’. Paul Byrne talks to the Dublin-born director about confined spaces, smiling faces and winning races. 
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‘Room’ sound team on creating an “honest, truthful sound world”
11 Jan 2016 | With ‘Room’ finally released to Irish cinemas on January 15th, we talk to Sound Designer Steve Fanagan and Supervising Sound Editor Niall Brady about the sound work in Lenny Abrahamson’s acclaimed film. 
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To the Waters and the Wild: IFTN talks to ‘Last Hijack’ co-director Tommy Pallotta
08 Jan 2016 | With the Emmy-winning ‘Last Hijack’, the thorny issue of Somalian piracy is shown from the pirates side. Paul Byrne talks to Tommy Pallotta about geo-politics, hybrid filmmaking and getting beyond the David Brent effect. 
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Piranha Bar’s Gavin Kelly on the “bespoke technique” used in animated documentary ‘Last Hijack’
08 Jan 2016 | With hybrid animation-documentary ‘Last Hijack’ hitting cinemas today (January 8th), we caught up with Piranha Bar’s Creative Director Gavin Kelly to talk about his team’s highly praised work on the show. 
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‘Rebellion’s Ruth Bradley talks improv and empowering female characters
07 Jan 2016 | With RTÉ period drama ‘Rebellion’ airing on RTÉ One on Sunday nights, IFTN catches up with Ruth Bradley to talk about her role in the show. 
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Charlie Murphy and Sarah Greene talk to IFTN about 'Rebellion'
03 Jan 2016 | With new RTÉ 1916 drama series ‘Rebellion’ kicking off on Sunday, January 3rd (RTE One, 9.30pm) IFTN talks to two of the show’s lead actresses - Charlie Murphy and Sarah Greene. 
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Making The Cut: DoP John Conroy
22 Dec 2015 | 2015 is destined to be a big year for Irish DOP John Conroy with a trifecta of impressive international television shows airing in the New Year. First up, there is the Sky Atlantic show ‘Fortitude’. Starring Richard Dormer and Stanley Tucci, the show tells the story of a violent crime occurring in the gorgeous backdrop of a quiet town in Iceland. 
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