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The Glue That Holds It All Together
20 Oct 2014 | Two-time IFTA Short Film Award winning director, European Film Award nominee and Screen International Star of Tomorrow 2013 Cathy Brady is known as one of the country's most promising young filmmakers and tonight makes a splash onto British television screens as the director on the acclaimed eight-part drama series 'Glue' on E4. Created and written by Jack Thorne, best known for Skins and This England '86 and '88, this darkly realistic series portrays a group of teenagers in a rural English countryside village and the murder investigation that follows after their 14-year old friend Cal is found dead. 
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Interview with Owen McDonnell—Star of upcoming TG4 Series ‘An Bronntanas’
14 Oct 2014 | Galway born actor Owen McDonnell has been working steadily since taking the leap from stage to screen eleven years ago with Irish film ‘Conspiracy of Silence’. A slew of larger roles followed, including the lead in all four series of the highly rated RTÉ show ‘Single-Handed’ and RTÉ drama ‘Wild Decembers’, as well as appearances in BBC’s ‘Silent Witness’, ‘Spooks’ and ‘Mount Pleasant’ on Sky One. 
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IFTN interviews Des Doyle, director of ‘Showrunners’
10 Oct 2014 | With ‘Showrunners’, Irish filmmaker Des Doyle talks to the brains who hold the reigns on such shows as ‘Boardwalk Empire’, ‘The Leftovers’, ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Star Trek’. Paul Byrne puts him on the couch. 
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07 Oct 2014 | With both Gold and ‘71 out this week, acclaimed Irish actor David Wilmot takes time out to talk with IFTN about trusting directors, finding good scripts, and how we need an Irish X-Men. 
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Interview with Emer Reynolds—IFTA-winning editor and co-director of ‘Here Was Cuba’
06 Oct 2014 | Directed by Emer Reynolds and John Murray and produced by Crossing The Line Productions, ‘Here Was Cuba’ tells the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis, exploring how in October 1962 the world teetered on the very brink of nuclear holocaust. In the first major feature documentary on the subject, the film brings to life the three central characters Kennedy, Castro and Khrushchev and explores how the world’s most powerful men fell into an abyss of their own making and what courage and luck it took to climb out again. 
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06 Oct 2014 | It’s the breakthrough that David Caffrey has always dreamed of, but the director of Love/Hate wants you to know there are more bullets in his chamber. 
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IFTN Interviews ‘Dracula Untold’ Director Gary Shore
01 Oct 2014 | For ‘Dracula Untold’, Luke Evans (‘The Hobbit’, ‘Fast & Furious 6’) takes on one of the most iconic roles of all time. The film marks the feature debut of Dublin director Gary Shore, who first established himself as a high-end commercials director and a director to watch out for following his short ‘The Draft’ and his faux film trailer for ‘The Cup of Tears’. 
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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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